Economic Research Reports and Guides to the Financial Market.

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House Price Cycles in Europe by the European Central Bank

November 2013, a working paper on real estate in Europe.


The Worlds largest Technically Recoverable Shale Oil and Shale Gas Resources (EIA) 

Global Map of Oil & Gas Resources



June 2013, estimation of the shale oil and gas potential around the world. The abundant resources could potentially change the global energy paradigm.


From this report you learn which countries / regions of the world that have the potential to become giant future producers of shale oil and shale gas.










Shadow Economies All over the World by The World Bank.

System D or the Underground Economy refers to the entire untaxed, unlicensed, and unregulated cash-based economy: If aggregated, the $10 trillion global black market is the world’s second largest economy after the United States and it is also the world’s fastest growing economy. The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) projects that, by the year 2020, fully two-thirds of the world’s workers will inhabit this shadow economy. All kind of vibrant economic activity is occurring in this informal economy, which in some regions is between 20-60% of GDP or more.

” System D is a slang phrase pirated from French-speaking Africa and the Caribbean. The French have a word that they often use to describe particularly effective and motivated people. They call them débrouillards. To say a man is a débrouillard is to tell people how resourceful and ingenious he is. The former French colonies have sculpted this word to their own social and economic reality. They say that inventive, self-starting, entrepreneurial merchants who are doing business on their own, without registering or being regulated by the bureaucracy and, for the most part, without paying taxes, are part of “l’economie de la débrouillardise.” Or, sweetened for street use, “Systeme D.” This essentially translates as the ingenuity economy, the economy of improvisation and self-reliance, the do-it-yourself, or DIY, economy.”


Guide to the London Precious Metal Market

The guide was produced and published jointly by the London Bullion Market Association and the London Platinum and Palladium Market.