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  • Nov. 29, 2015, 9:34 AM
    • Russian President Vladimir Putin announced additional measures against Turkey on Saturday in response to the recent downing of a Russian bomber on the Syrian border.
    • The new sanctions include the suspension of visa-free travel, halting tours and chartered flights to Turkey and a ban on the hiring of Turkish nationals.
    • Shortly before the decree, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan voiced regret over the incident, saying his country was "truly saddened" by the event and wished it hadn't occurred.
    • Previously: Russia hits back at Turkey (Nov. 26 2015)
    • ETFs: RSX, TUR, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL, TKF
    | Nov. 29, 2015, 9:34 AM | 58 Comments
  • Nov. 27, 2015, 3:34 AM
    • French President Francois Hollande met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow yesterday and agreed to cooperate in the fight against ISIS, although the two remained at odds over the fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
    • The news comes after Russia targeted Turkey's economy with a range of sanctions - such as checks on Turkish food imports and cutting military/tourism ties - three days after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane on its border with Syria.
    • However, some sanctions are still up for discussion, including closing Russian airspace and ports to Turkish companies, suspending investment agreements/joint projects, and barring cultural exchanges.
    • ETFs: RSX, TUR, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL, TKF
    | Nov. 27, 2015, 3:34 AM | 4 Comments
  • Nov. 26, 2015, 8:58 AM
    • President Vladimir Putin has ordered tighter control on Turkish agricultural products, including additional checks at the border and production sites, two days after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane on its border with Syria.
    • The retaliatory measure is not new to Russia. The country banned European food products last year in response to Western sanctions over interventions in Ukraine.
    • Where else can Russia take aim at Turkey? Bilateral trade and infrastructure deals, the tourism industry, and energy (including a gas pipeline being built between the two countries, as well as the Akkuyu nuclear power plant).
    • Previously: Russia turns on Turkey after downed jet (Nov. 25 2015)
    • ETFs: RSX, TUR, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL, TKF
    | Nov. 26, 2015, 8:58 AM | 46 Comments
  • Nov. 25, 2015, 4:32 AM
    • Investors across the world are closely watching rising geopolitical tensions between Russia and NATO member Turkey after a Russian SU-24 warplane was shot down by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet on Tuesday.
    • Russia has warned its former ally and trade partner that diplomatic and commercial relations between the countries are at risk, calling the downing "a stab in the back."
    • The incident also dims the prospects for a grand international coalition to change the course of chaos in Syria.
    • ETFs: RSX, TUR, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL, TKF
    | Nov. 25, 2015, 4:32 AM | 48 Comments
  • Oct. 13, 2015, 3:59 AM
    • Russia's economy could shrink 3.8% this year on the back of lower oil prices and international sanctions, the country's finance minister told CNBC, outlining that trade restrictions may not be removed any time soon.
    • "We don't anticipate they'll be lifted next year, though of course we would want it to happen as soon as possible," Anton Siluanov declared.
    • Despite a GDP contraction this year, Siluanov feels the economy is turning a corner and could see positive growth of 0.7% in 2016.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL
    | Oct. 13, 2015, 3:59 AM | 8 Comments
  • Oct. 2, 2015, 8:10 AM
    • Russian oil output rose to a post-Soviet record in September, adding to the global glut that is keeping crude prices lower.
    • Last month's output rose to an average of 10.74M bbl/day from 10.68M in August and surpassing the previous record of 10.71M reached earlier this year.
    • The government has said because of the geology and harsh climate, Russian companies such as Rosneft (OTC:RNFTF) cannot adjust oil output as easily as in other producing nations, and the depreciation of the ruble makes it relatively cheaper to produce oil in Russia, helping to preserve oil company margins.
    • ETFs: USO, OIL, UCO, RSX, UWTI, SCO, BNO, RUSL, DBO, DWTI, RUSS, DTO, USL, ERUS, DNO, RBL, OLO, SZO, OLEM
    | Oct. 2, 2015, 8:10 AM | 25 Comments
  • Sep. 26, 2015, 1:15 AM
    • Russia and Ukraine finally reach agreement on supplies of natural gas to Ukraine for the coming winter, Russia's energy minister says.
    • The deal gives Ukraine a price discount determined quarterly, with the final rate close to the same as for neighboring Poland, and provides gas for six months ending in March 2016.
    • The EU, which gets ~10% of its gas through Ukrainian pipelines from Russia, brokered the deal to resume gas flows halted in July over a pricing dispute; the EU's eastern members suffered shortfalls at least twice in the past decade during similar standoffs between the two countries.
    • Russia will offer Ukraine gas at ~$227 per 1,000 cubic meters through December; Gazprom (OTCPK:OGZPY) has estimated the price before discount at $252.
    • Ukraine agrees to inject 2B cubic meters of Russian gas into underground storage sites on its territory to help stockpile supplies for EU countries.
    • The agreement still needs to be formally approved by the governments in Moscow and Kiev.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RBL
    | Sep. 26, 2015, 1:15 AM | 6 Comments
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  • Sep. 4, 2015, 2:28 AM
    • China has sent the largest delegation ever to a major new conference being held in Russia's far east with trade deals worth tens of billions of dollars on the table.
    • Due to U.S. and EU sanctions over Ukraine, Russia and China's economic ties have strengthened over the past year, increasing yuan-ruble trade and investment.
    • Some 1500 foreign delegates from 24 countries are also attending the first Eastern Economic forum, which runs through September 5.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL
    | Sep. 4, 2015, 2:28 AM
  • Sep. 3, 2015, 6:17 AM
    • Russia and China are working on an eastern equivalent to Euroclear's bond, stock and currency settlement services as they seek to boost two-way investment.
    • The move is a response to U.S. and EU sanctions over Ukraine, which has crimped Russia's access to the capital markets.
    • Trading in the yuan-ruble currency pair on Russia’s main bourse jumped fourfold in August compared with a year earlier.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL
    | Sep. 3, 2015, 6:17 AM | 4 Comments
  • Jul. 20, 2015, 4:52 AM
    • Entangled in the Greek debt crisis, few European policymakers had little time or interest to pay attention to the recent summit talks between the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, collectively known as the BRICS.
    • The hotly discussed New Development Bank was reported to have just held its first board meeting and will soon be lending internationally. The BRICS Bank will start off with a capital of $50B which will be hiked to $100B in two years.
    • Meanwhile, the combined economic output of the BRICS last year almost matched America's GDP. Back in 2007, the U.S. economy was double that of the five nations.
    • ETFs: EWZ, RSX, EPI, INDY, RUSL, PIN, EZA, INP, INDL, RSXJ, ERUS, RUSS, DSUM, CHIX, INXX, INDA, RBL, BRZU, BZQ, UBR, BRZS, DBBR, CHLC, FBZ, RUDR
    | Jul. 20, 2015, 4:52 AM | 4 Comments
  • Jul. 7, 2015, 6:20 AM
    • Saudi Arabia has signed a commitment to invest up to $10B in Russia over the next five years, in a move signaling a thawing in relations between the two countries.
    • The majority of the money will be spent on Russia’s agricultural projects, as well as medicine, logistics, and the country's retail and real estate sectors.
    • Facing a political standoff with the West, Moscow has been turning eastward, to reduce reliance on Europe and the U.S. In early May, the country signed economic deals with China worth up to $25B.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL
    | Jul. 7, 2015, 6:20 AM | 6 Comments
  • Jun. 22, 2015, 4:30 AM
    • The European Union has extended sanctions against Russia by six months to the end of January, keeping up pressure on the Kremlin to bring peace to eastern Ukraine.
    • The restrictions outlaw financing for major Russian banks, ban the export of sophisticated energy-exploration equipment, and prohibit the sale of weapons and some civilian goods with military uses.
    • Debt-stricken Greece, which has been courting Russian economic aid, shied away from a veto.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL
    | Jun. 22, 2015, 4:30 AM | 10 Comments
  • Jun. 19, 2015, 2:27 PM
    • SPDR S&P Russia ETF (NYSEARCA:RBL) announces semi-annual distribution of $0.025.
    • 30-Day Sec yield of 3.93% (as of 06/17/2015).
    • Payable July 1; for shareholders of record June 23; ex-div June 19.
    | Jun. 19, 2015, 2:27 PM
  • Jun. 17, 2015, 3:49 AM
    • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that Russia's plans to acquire more intercontinental ballistic missiles was concerning and could herald a return to the international hostility of the "Cold War."
    • Speaking at a military and arms fair on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the upcoming addition of 40 ICBMs to the country's nuclear arsenal, which would be able to overcome "even the most technically advanced anti-missile defense systems."
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL
    | Jun. 17, 2015, 3:49 AM | 28 Comments
  • Jun. 15, 2015, 9:19 AM
    • The Bank of Russia today cut its benchmark interest rate by 100 basis points to 11.5%, inline with expectations, though some had expected the bank to match its April cut of 150 bps.
    • Today's was the fourth rate cut this year.
    • Cited by analysts as reason for just a 100 bp cut this time is continuing weakness in the ruble, and sure enough the currency has rallied somewhat in today's session, with the dollar now buying 54.97 rubles vs. 55.15 prior to the move.
    • Even with this year's easing, the central bank's key rate remains 100 basis points above its level in December - prior to an emergency increase to 17% to defend the plummeting currency.
    • The Micex is lower by 0.5%.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL
    | Jun. 15, 2015, 9:19 AM
RBL Description
The SPDR® S&P® Russia ETF seeks to provide investment results that, before fees and expenses, correspond generally to the price and yield performance of the S&P Russia Capped BMI Index (ticker: SPCQXRUP). Our approach is designed to provide portfolios with low portfolio turnover, accurate tracking, and lower costs.
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