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Macro-Advisory is one of the most recognised names in strategic consulting in Eurasia

Macro-Advisory is a highly visible name in all areas associated with Eurasia. Our analysts are regularly quoted in the world’s major media outlets and are frequent presenters at events focused on industries or countries in and concerning the region. A sample of articles, citing Macro-Advisory analysts, is in the news section below. There are also links to broadcast TV interviews in which our analysts appear. Some recent articles written by our team, and which appear in third party sites and publications, are in the published articles section.

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  • Al Jazeera
  • Arab Times
  • BBC News
  • BBC World Business Report
  • BBC World Service
  • Bloomberg
  • BNE Business New Europe
  • Business Mirror
  • China Dialogue
  • CNBC
  • Consortium News
  • Disruption Banking
  • Dukascopy TV
  • Energy Intelligence
  • Financial Times
  • Fortune
  • Independent
  • independent.ie
  • Kuwait Times
  • National Interest
  • New Economy Observer
  • New Europe
  • Russia Matters
  • Russian Analytical Digest
  • S&P Global
  • The Moscow Times
March 11, 2022

Will the sanctions against Russia work?

Our CEO, Chris Weafer, participated in a panel discussion hosted by AlJazeera TV about the impact on the Russian economy of western sanctions and Russian countermeasures.
March 7, 2022

View from Moscow — reputational damage may be a lasting legacy

For the Irish living in Moscow, there is some disappointment that the Emerald Ball, a highlight of the ex-pat calendar which takes place close to St Patrick’s Day, has been called off. But by far the bigger emotion among them and the wider population in the Russian capital is shock at President Vladimir Putin’s recent actions.
March 6, 2022

Russia’s top banks suffer as Western sanctions bite

Russia’s two most powerful banks went from their best year ever in 2021 to fighting for their future, with the outlook for Sberbank PJSC only slightly less grim than the Kremlin-friendly VTB Group. US sanctions imposed on the state-owned lenders over President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine caused Sberbank’s European unit to unravel and called into question its ability to pull off a daring bid to become Russia’s version of Amazon.com Inc.
March 5, 2022

Ukraine invasion: Will the sanctions bite?

On Business Weekly this week, as the fighting in parts of Ukraine intensified, a suite of sanctions has been levied on Russia, cutting off the country from the inter-bank messaging system Swift and restricting access to the foreign reserves Russia holds in the West’s central banks. Many large international companies are scaling down their businesses in Russia, including the oil giants BP and Shell. The global shipping giant Maersk is stopping its ships from docking at Russian ports. Chris Weafer, chief executive of Macro Advisory and a 24-year resident of Moscow tells us what life is like for ordinary Russians.
March 3, 2022

Beauty giant L’Oreal among firms pulling back from Russia

Thirty years ago when communism collapsed in the Soviet Union, Western firms stepped up their presence in Russia. The arrival of big Western companies symbolised the start of a new era with Russians becoming eager consumers of brands ranging from fast-food chain McDonalds to Levi jeans and luxury goods. Now, in the wake of President Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, some firms, including Apple, Netflix, Zara and Jaguar Land Rover, have announced they are suspending activities in Russia.
March 1, 2022

Ukraine conflict: Russia doubles interest rate after rouble slumps

Russia has more than doubled its interest rate to 20% in a bid to halt a slump in the value of its currency. The Bank of Russia raised the rate from 9.5% after the rouble sank 30% after new Western sanctions. The currency then eased back to about 20% down. The collapse in value erodes the currency’s buying power and could wipe out the savings of ordinary Russians.
February 25, 2022

After Russian hammer in Ukraine, sanctions talk brings sickle to oil prices

Oil prices slipped on February 25 after sharp rises early in the session as traders were concerned that sanctions against Moscow following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine would disrupt global oil supply.
February 24, 2022

Russia could be cut from the SWIFT system

VIDEO: Chris Weafer, CEO of Macro-Advisory discusses the severe economic sanctions Russia may face as the country invades Ukraine, and the possibility that it will be cut off from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications.
February 21, 2022

Russia recognises breakaway Ukraine regions

Chris Weafer from analytics firm Macro-Advisory Ltd gives us his take on the potential economic fallout if tensions in the region increase further.
February 7, 2022

Slow pump: OPEC+ will raise supply, can’t cool prices

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies led by Russia, a group known as OPEC+, said on February 2 the ministers agreed to raise their countries’ collective production by another 400,000 barrels a day in March.
October 7, 2021

Is Russia trying to use the high price of gas to get Nordstream finally approved?

September 20, 2021

Pro-Putin party sweeps to election victory but challenges remain for the Kremlin

Russia’s ruling party, United Russia, appears to have retained its majority in weekend Duma elections, cementing its control of parliament and bolstering President Vladimir Putin’s power base.

Buckle up, August is coming

Over the past year the coronavirus pandemic has tried our patience, as well as our health, Russia was hit with more economic sanctions and Moscow endured extreme weather conditions. One may be forgiven for thinking that Russians have endured the worst that nature and politics can throw at them and should now look forward to a quiet holiday month. Not quite. History has repeatedly shown that August is a month when surprises, usually bad, can happen more often than in any other month. It is very rare for August to pass without a legacy event, whether a major accident, environment disaster or political event.
July 22, 2021

Russian Northern Sea Route opening raises dangers of Arctic environment disaster

Record high temperatures clocked in Arctic Russia in June and July raise the prospect that the Northern Sea Route (NSR) will become navigable faster than expected. The temperatures also increase the risks of a major ecological disaster affecting the whole Arctic region.
July 9, 2021

Russia unlikely to interfere in Saudi-UAE dispute to raise oil output

“There is a very wise old saying that ‘it is a very foolish person that seeks to interfere in family disputes,’” Chris Weafer, co-founder of Macro-Advisory in Moscow told New Europe on July 9, asked Russia can mediate to help strike a deal between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to raise output. Essentially this is a dispute between two Arab nations who are members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and who share a lot of common interests, he added.

Podcasts

China and Russia inch closer

We assess Russia’s position in the dispute (with NATO and Ukraine) with Chris Weafer, who is chief executive of the Moscow-based economic consultancy Macro Advisory.
February 4, 2022

European Commission announces Ukraine financial aid

We assess Russia’s position in the dispute (with NATO and Ukraine) with Chris Weafer, who is chief executive of the Moscow-based economic consultancy Macro Advisory.
January 24, 2022

Putin’s plan to reduce poverty in Russia

Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, has given his annual state of the nation address, putting economic issues such as growth and poverty center stage. But how will conditions improve amid a slump in energy prices and western sanctions?
March 1, 2018