Posts by Yasmin Rufo

The Strategic Buyout of Plaid

Prior to the current pandemic, economies around the world were heading towards a strong start in 2020. The US stock market experienced a historic bull run for over 11 years; US GDP was also growing at an average rate of around 2.5%, and unemployment gradually decreased from 10% to 4% throughout the decade – a…

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City Football Group –The Future of Football?

City Football Group (CFG), a group formed originally to serve as owners of Manchester City FC, are in ‘late-stage negotiations’ with French team ESTAC Troyes FC in a deal worth ‘single digit millions.’ The group, who would hold an ownership stake in 10 clubs should the deal be completed, was created in 2008 by Sheikh…

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Japan’s Prime Minister Resigns

Shinzo Abe resigned from his post as Japan’s longest-serving Prime Minister due to a decline in health, attributed to ulcerative colitis. The 65-year-old politician has been regarded as an integral figure in South-East Asian politics and economics for most of the last decade, having introduced a term known as “Abenomics” in an attempt to revive…

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Reliance Industries: Does the Indian Conglomerate’s most recent foray into E-commerce make it a safe bet in a period of Global Market Volatility?

Reliance Industries, India’s largest company with a market capitalisation of 195.76 billion USD, has long been a national treasure of the Indian economy. Yet it is its owner and chairman Mukesh Ambani’s transformation of the conglomerate from a heavy industrial group to a primarily consumer goods and telecommunications orientated group, positioned to profit from the…

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Watering Down Risk – Water Investments to Add Variety to Portfolios

Water is central to survival and has been an important factor in various past conflicts, ranging from Islamic State’s attacks on Syria’s Tabqa dam to indiscriminate shelling in Ukraine which left 3 million people without access to clean water. In recent decades, water’s supply and demand imbalance has come under increasing pressure as population growth…

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Negative interest rates and their possible implementation in the UK

In 2009, the Swedish Riksbank became the first central bank this century to introduce a policy of negative rates, realised in response to the liquidity shortage exposed by the money-market crisis of the financial crash.  Since then, the European central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of Japan (BOJ) have emulated Sweden’s monetary policy expansion in…

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The ESG Explosion and Why Investors Should be Cautiously Optimistic

In July, assets under management in ESG funds and products globally topped 100 billion USD, up from 88 billion in June. ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) is an ethos towards business transactions that attempts to uphold values associated with said topics. In asset management, ESG associated funds invest with these principles in mind.   The…

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Investment Banks: How the virus has affected the industry

The virus has resulted in a survival of the fittest paradigm between industries, one which investment banks have proven they are able to fight. The virus has predominantly caused a shift regarding where the profit is being made within investment banks. When looking at boutique banks – those tending to focus on advisory – there…

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Robinhood: will the poor win?

Many firms have struggled to keep doors open this year due to the pandemic. Few firms have managed to profit, and even fewer have experienced the success of fintech firm Robinhood. Robinhood is an online platform that offers people the ability to invest in stocks, ETFs, and options through Robinhood Financial and crypto through Robinhood…

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Chinese Property: Challenges and Opportunities

Since the widespread privatisation towards the end of the 20th century, the Chinese property market has experienced volatility; most notably, the real estate bubble slowed to a halt in 2011 after property prices rose threefold between 2005 and 2009. Forecasting this market in the medium and long term, the Hang Seng Properties Index (HSI.P) is…

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