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Change in commodity futures prices YTD May 8, 2020: Cocoa (-4.8%); Wheat (+3.7%); Maize (-17.5%); ICE Natural gas (-55%); Gold (+12.1%); Soyabeans (-23.1%); Cotton (-18.2%); Rough rice (+27.2%); Platinum (-18.5%); Arabica coffee (-15.1%); Brent crude oil (-53.3%); Copper (-14.6%); Sugar (-23.3%);     Whilst Africa's growth in 2020 could fall to its lowest since the 2008/9 global financial crisis, the asymmetric nature of shocks facing the region, coupled with increasing investment and cross-border trade, should help the region recover speedily.

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July 24, 2021

FrancSterling Index (FSI): Sterling still-sluggish vs the CFA franc


FrancSterling Index: Franctrade introduces its FrancSterling Index (FSI) tracking the trade-weighted west and central African CFA franc (CFAF) against the British pound sterling (GBP).

Sterling has been softer vs. the CFAF with the currency largely weighed down by market concerns related to Brexit.  A moderate recovery in the index in Q2-2017 and Q4-2017 has not been sustained and FSI is currently at 97.77 (Jan 2018=100).

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One Response “FrancSterling Index (FSI): Sterling still-sluggish vs the CFA franc”

  1. Nkemish
    March 17, 2018 at 04:34

    Any predictions on the trends going forward with all the trade wars starting to emerge and how that would affect francophone Africa? I understand China would be the biggest beneficiary in all this.

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