Archive for December 2016

Oil Producers Agree to Historic Production Cuts

Bhavya Bakhda For the first time in 15 years, OPEC has secured the support of nations external to the oil cartel in relation to joining supply reductions – something that has acted as an ultimate obstruction against achieving a worldwide agreement to reduce output. Whilst precise numbers are yet to be finalised, at this current…

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AO World, a Future in Europe

Hugh Schofield Founded in 2000 due to a £1 bet between the present CEO, John Roberts and one of this good friends, online retailer of white goods, AO World has become one of the most influential players in the UK and a rising star in Europe. However, like all companies with business links with the…

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CRISPR, the Gen(i)e

Patricija Petkeviciute Arguments in a trial to determine the ownership of Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR), a gene editing technology, started in Virginia this Tuesday. The outcome will determine who has ownership of this powerful tool to treat genetic diseases. The Broad Institute and UC Berkeley are in this fascinating patent battle. CRISPR…

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Care Homes- In Need of Care

Pavit Bangur Care homes in the UK have been receiving a lot a negative press. A recent report stated that up to 11,000 care home residents each year are left without anything to eat or drink. 312 care homes between January 1st and November 7th were found breaching the basic standards. Most recently, the Church…

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What happens next? – UK inflation and interest rates

Abhiraj Patel A recent Bank of England survey found that Britons are expecting a rise in inflation as well as an interest rate hike. With two of the largest and widely seen as unexpected events in recent history coming to pass in 2016 (the EU referendum result and Donald Trump’s presidential win), how will 2017…

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De Beers are a Girl’s Best Friend

Fram Hansotia The increasing amount of synthetic diamonds have disrupted a market that is based upon the premise of relative scarcity justifying premium prices. Synthetic diamonds have the same physical and chemical properties as natural diamonds. The only way consumers can distinguish them as man-made is by the disclosures that companies attach, however this is…

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Can the Tiger Cub Grow Up?

Matthew Evans From the early-1980s to the mid-1990s, Indonesia achieved an average growth rate of around 7% per year. This helped it cement its status as one of the Asian Tiger Cub economies, following on from the growth miracles which had occurred in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore in the 1960s and 1970s. However,…

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Glencore to acquire a stake in Russian state-owned Rosneft

Jan Globisz The €10.5bn investment in Rosneft by Glencore and the Qatar Investment Authority, if it is completed, will be by far the largest foreign direct investment in Russia since the US and EU imposed sanctions on Moscow over its actions in Ukraine in 2014. The London-listed commodities trader will invest alongside Qatar as part of a…

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Marijuana and its Effects on the Real Estate

Hyung Joo Peter Ahn During the recent U.S election on the 8th of November 2016, Donald Trump was elected president. Additionally, the Republican Party now holds a majority in the Senate, Congress, and the number of gubernatorial positions. The Republican Party has traditionally been against the federal legalisation of marijuana, and with the resounding defeat…

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Will Trump’s election widen the ECB’s shrinking action space?

Tamas Laszlo Babos Donald Trump’s election instantly impacted global markets. Although the vote’s exact effect on Europe’s trade, security, and political landscape remains unclear, it seems to be positive from the European Central Bank’s perspective. The European economy could enjoy a boost due to the reaction of markets, which would indeed widen the action space…

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