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Blockchain Bonds Could Slash Costs, But Serious Investment Is Needed to Modernize the Industry

Blockchain Bonds Could Slash Costs, But Serious Investment Is Needed to Modernize the Industry Like trade finance, bond markets have traditionally been manual, paper-intensive, and tech-shy. Outside of large, liquid markets like US Treasuries, fixed income trading is often done over the counter (OTC) and bond issuance involves large volumes of paperwork and

By |2021-08-20T12:23:26+00:00August 20th, 2021|Finance, Learning Insights|0 Comments

Regulation Could Help Move Cryptocurrencies into the Mainstream but Regulators Have Been Slow to Step Up

Regulation Could Help Move Cryptocurrencies into the Mainstream but Regulators Have Been Slow to Step Up The crypto assets market is rapidly becoming too big to ignore. Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are attracting significant capital inflows and major financial institutions are increasingly interested in crypto as an asset class. However, despite the growing importance

By |2021-08-20T11:03:16+00:00August 20th, 2021|Finance|0 Comments

Greenwashers Beware – Global Regulators Turn Their Attention To ESG Ratings Agencies

Greenwashers Beware – Global Regulators Turn Their Attention to ESG Ratings Agencies Investor appetite for sustainable assets has been growing rapidly. As institutions and organizations have increased their production of climate-friendly instruments and assets that incorporate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) concerns, the market for ESG ratings has exploded. However, in the absence of

By |2021-08-05T14:06:50+00:00July 20th, 2021|Finance, Learning Insights|0 Comments

Does Rising Inflation Herald A New Economic Reality Or Are Higher Prices A Blip On The Radar?

Does Rising Inflation Herald a new Economic Reality or are Higher Prices a Blip on the Radar? After a long hiatus, inflation is back. In June, the US recorded its highest annual inflation rate since 2008 and in the EU, last year’s deflation has turned into a healthy level of inflation. The turnaround

By |2021-08-05T14:07:51+00:00July 20th, 2021|Finance, Learning Insights|0 Comments

Big Oil, Big Problems: Listed Oil Majors Are Under Fire, But Oil Production Is Rising

Big Oil, Big Problems: Listed Oil Majors Are Under Fire, But Oil Production Is Rising During just a few days in May, three of the world’s largest listed oil companies were dealt powerful public blows by climate activists. In the face of shareholder revolts and legal challenges, energy supermajors including Chevron, Exxon Mobil,

By |2021-06-22T11:19:24+00:00June 22nd, 2021|Finance, Learning Insights|0 Comments

Cryptocurrency vs. Central Bank Money: Does the Future of Digital Currency Lie with Central Banks?

Cryptocurrency vs. Central Bank Money: Does the Future of Digital Currency Lie with Central Banks? As cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin become an increasingly established part of the financial landscape, central bankers have begun to explore the broader potential of digital currency more seriously. With a flood of white papers, task forces, and workshops,

By |2021-06-22T11:17:13+00:00June 22nd, 2021|Finance, Learning Insights|0 Comments

The Future is “Fintegration”: FinTechs & Traditional Firms Are Joining Forces

The Future is “Fintegration”: FinTechs & Traditional Firms Are Joining Forces The line between FinTech firms and traditional financial institutions is blurring as the latter embrace new technology. Partnerships and mergers between traditional institutions and FinTech startups are increasingly common, and many incumbent firms are licensing and adopting the tools developed by innovators.

By |2021-05-25T12:04:24+00:00May 25th, 2021|Finance|0 Comments

Deposits in Danger as Banks Push Back

Deposits in Danger as Banks Push Back In the wake of the crisis, many people are holding on to a stockpile of cash while they wait to see if the global economy rebounds. However, around the world, bank customers are finding their institutions strangely reluctant to handle these deposits. From limits on deposit

By |2021-05-25T11:59:05+00:00May 25th, 2021|Finance|0 Comments

Year of the SPAC? Opportunities and Risks in the Listings Boom

Year of the SPAC? Opportunities and Risks in the Listings Boom In recent years, special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) have exploded in popularity and today, they account for a sizeable proportion of total IPO funding. Once viewed as a listing backdoor for weaker firms, they are now seen as an efficient and simplified vehicle

By |2021-04-20T14:47:46+00:00April 20th, 2021|Finance, Learning Insights|0 Comments

Rise of the Living Dead – Zombie Firms May Hold the Global Economy Back

Rise of the Living Dead – Zombie Firms May Hold the Global Economy Back  During the pandemic, governments in wealthy countries rolled out massive business support programs, which often took the form of soft loans to companies that suffered revenue losses during lockdowns. While these loans undoubtedly helped businesses survive a difficult year, many observers

By |2021-04-22T15:54:57+00:00April 20th, 2021|Finance|0 Comments