The Quality of Competition in the Banking Sector is Seriously Deteriorating
A license-withdrawing process and procedures for rehabilitation of large Russian banks, such as FK Otkrytie, the Binbank and the Promsvyazbank resulted in worsening of the competition in the banking sector in 2017.
The Ban will Make the Russian Economy Even More Primitive
The draft law on anti-US sanctions will be considered by the State Duma before the end of the spring session. The document will permit the government to introduce a ban or limitations on imports to Russia of agricultural products, food, raw products, medicine (except for preparations which have no Russian analogs), alcohol, tobacco and other US-made goods. Also, the initiative calls for introduction of limitations on cooperation in the nuclear industry, rocket and engine building industry, as well as the aircraft industry.
The factor supporting the ruble is oil prices
The beginning of this week was marked by a sharp fall in the ruble rate, which continued in the following days, as a result of which the ruble rate fell to the level of November 2016. Thus, for April 9, the ruble depreciated against the US dollar by 4.3% to 60.66 rub. for dollars, for April 10 - by 3.5% to 62.79 rubles. for dollars, and for April 11 - by 3% to 64.68 rubles. for USD
The Potential Robotization and the Economy of Ignorance in Russia’s Regions
Numerous researchers declare that a new industrial revolution has begun. Development of modern technologies and introduction of robots may cause sporadic growth in technological unemployment.
It is possible to expect deterioration of macroeconomic indicators
Last week, the US Treasury introduced new sanctions against Russian companies and businessmen. In total, the list includes 14 companies and 38 businessmen. The Russian financial market sharply reacted negatively to the new US sanctions: the Mosbirdzhi and RTS indexes fell by 8-11%, the dollar rate exceeded 65 rubles, and the euro - 79 rubles.