Archive for November 2017

Smart(er) Personalised Marketing

Estia Ryan Pop up ads have been around for quite some time now, but only now are they becoming more enticing. Welcome to the age of smart personalised marketing, where ads and services are tailored to suit your online identity. One Canadian startup, Vidyard, is at the forefront of personalised marketing. It creates individual video…

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Disney and Fox M&A Whispers

Estia Ryan Disney and 21st Century Fox have been holding M&A talks behind closed doors. Walt Disney Co (DIS) could be buying shares from the mass media company to increase competition with ever-growing rivals Netflix and Amazon. Moving away from their traditional business model into a digitized, modern company could end Disney’s profit dry spell.…

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Tesla production slump — Can they stay afloat?

Olivia Warwick The electric car maker Tesla has hit snags in its attempt to become a mass market player through production of affordable Model 3 automobiles. Quarterly results released 1st November showed a rise in post-tax losses by 67% to $671m. Tesla’s shares fell by 6.8% on the 2nd November partly due to US government…

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Ethical Investing: watching the triple bottom line has started to make real economic sense

Isabella Ferros Be it Corporate Social Responsibly, Corporate Accountability, or Creating Shared Value, a plethora of terms have emerged and somewhat inconsequentially circulated the ranks of financial institutions over the last half century. Only recently have investment patterns actually begun to mirror these sentiments. Recent analysis shows that funds which have integrated environmental, social, and…

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Will Abolishing Stamp Duty Help First Time Buyers?

Frances Senn In the most recent budget, Phillip Hammond announced plans to abolish the stamp duty for first time buyers looking on low value housing. This new piece of legislation looks to help young people climb onto the first rung of the property ladder. The idea behind this is that it will make deposits more…

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Global Real Estate Concerns – The House Always Wins?

Benjamin Foster Global real estate markets are facing increased concerns as the fundamentals of previously booming markets begin to scare regulators and institutional investors. The main target of this disquiet is China, with Beijing and Shanghai both well known for ballooning house prices and witnessing double-digit gains last year. Whilst this has prompted a degree…

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The largest technology M&A in history: stranded?

Jim Lee Singaporean-American semi-conductor giant Broadcom offered Qualcomm, a Silicon Valley semi-conductor giant, a $105 billion acquisition deal, involving a 28% premium on Qualcomm’s closing price. Although potentially the largest ever technology acquisition, both Qualcomm’s investors and its board declined Broadcom’s offer. Behind this potentially historical deal there are various problems, and possible conflict between…

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Uber Data Breach Scandal

Olivia Warwick Uber revealed last Tuesday that it paid a $100,000 ransom to hackers in an attempt to cover up a data breach that impacted 57 million accounts in October last year. Uber said they had identified the hackers and ensured they had destroyed the stolen data. The names, emails, and phone numbers of millions…

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