Fintech changes auditing future

The German auditing industry could face tighter regulations according to a new draft bill. The harsher regulations come after Wirecard’s accounting fraud. Europe’s financial regulator (ESMA - European Securities and Markets Authority) exposed the “deficiencies in the supervision and...

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Covid is here to stay and so is the face mask

Vaccine or no vaccine Covid is here to stay and its future variants are as inevitable as the rising sun - these variants will require 'upgrades' or changes to the current set of vaccines, just as flu vaccines are...

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Millennials – the new investment prescription

The asset management industry is changing. In 2020 the maturing millennial investor generation created a shift in investment products, funds and tactics. The asset management business' foundation is that the future is somewhat known or at least one can...

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ESG Indices Outperform

Investor’s growing interest in ESG is driving funds into sustainable investments. Companies must develop sustainable policies now or risk falling behind. Key Points: S&P Global forecasts that assets in sustainable investment products in Europe will reach €7.6trn over the next...

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Iron: 2020’s Strongest Performing Commodity

Iron is on course to average $100/ton in 2020, the first time since 2013. China’s demand for iron ore, used in construction, is driving prices. Key Points: Iron ore is the best-performing major commodity of 2020, up almost up 38%....

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Saving fish one smart net at a time

SmartFish H2020, a recent Norwegian initiative, reduces the fishing industry's impact on marine life. SmartFish creates smart nets and scanners. Smart tech is saving fish one environmentally friendly net at a time SmartFish H2020 is an EU funded project...

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The world’s most ambitious renewable project

Sun Cable plans to build the world’s largest solar project by 2027. Its undersea electricity cable will connect the remote solar farm to consumers. Key Points: The Australia -ASEAN Power Link built by Sun Cable (a Singaporean renewable energy company)...

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Chinese Recovery Impacts Metals

The Chinese economy grew 4.9% during the third quarter. China’s V-shaped recovery is a sign of a rebound in industrial production and base metals. The expansion is lower than market expectations of a 5.2% growth. China's recovery shows a...

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The Hidden Costs of Covid-19

Elective care surgeries since Covid-19 have been cancelled globally. The 45-week backlog for elective procedures that arose in May 2020 lingers. A recent study by CovidSurg Collaborative researchers collected data from 359 hospitals across 71 countries. The study showed...

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Oil price breakout winners

The trading range for oil (WTI - West Texas Intermediate) since 6th May 2020 is US$ 38 to 42 bbl. On Monday 23rd November 2020 the oil price broke through its recent resistance line to reach $43 bbl, this...

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