Η αγορά των commodities πριν και μετά την χρηματοπιστωτική κρίση 1995-2010
This thesis entitled “Commodities market before and after the financial crisis 1995 – 2010” studying the changes occurring in international seaborne trade in the period before and after the recent financial crisis, with emphasis on the dry bulk market. The global economic scene the period we are studying has experienced extreme economic changes. On the one hand, economies recorded the highest economic growth rates than ever before, increasing their income and consumption. These lead to further increases in demand for maritime transport. On the other hand, economies led to a complete collapse of their financial systems and even on the brink of bankruptcy. The economic growth of Asian countries, namely the countries of Southeast Asia (China, India, Indonesia), which because of their high industrialization experienced strong growth, increasing industrial production. All these led these countries to become main players in the international economic scene. This economic growth in these countries influenced and led to the flourishing of international seaborne trade. What is worth to say is that trade flows have changed significantly and moved from the economies of the West to those of eastern Asia. The main conclusion of the thesis is that the period of our study before and after the outbreak of financial crisis, countries that have managed to stand out, to experience high growth and promote the flourishing of international maritime trade was developing and emerging countries with emphasis on the countries of Southeast Asia. Unlike the economies of the West affected negatively by the financial crisis, reducing significantly their imports of the main bulk cargoes as demand for consumption and production dropped significantly this led to reduced demand for seaborne trade.