Global Markets

Refurbed: A second life for a smartphone by Mattia Tino

The theme of WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) is more current than ever. Every year around 50 million tons of cyber-garbage are thrown away, which, in terms of recoverable materials, would be worth approximately $62.5 billions. Of these, only 20% are disposed with legal methods: the remaining 80% is thrown into gigantic landfills on…

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Alibaba: en-route to greatness or disaster? By Devansh Sachdeva

Alibaba, Chinese e-commerce giant, has started showing recovery signs as stock prices increase steadily after the steep downfall in mid-December. With stock prices (NYSE: BABA) falling as low as US$ 130.60 in December 2018, the company has revived itself and beat analysts’ forecast to reach a healthy US$ 166.82. Despite revenues falling to a threw…

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The Chinese house of cards by Joshua Lee

As the world’s second-largest economy is currently experiencing its slowest growth in 28 years, there are fresh concerns over the recent underperformance of Chinese real estate markets, with analysts anticipating further deterioration unaided by a tougher lending environment and international trade tensions. Real estate accounts for approximately 25 per cent of China’s GDP and is…

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Car Industry Hits ‘Red Alert’ by Aminah Ayub

Investment in the UK car sector has almost halved and output has reduced. Why? Of course, it is none other than Brexit!   The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) chief Mike Hawkes states that Brexit uncertainty has resulted in enormous damage. This is indicated in the fact that, in 2017, inward investment was…

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A Shaky Year for Hedge Funds by Oliver Dyson

Hedge funds suffered their worst year since the financial crisis in 2018, largely due to high market volatility in the fourth quarter that ended up wiping out all of the year’s gains, causing the S&P500 to fall by 6% in total last year. Assets under management declined while investor redemptions increased, making last year the…

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Gilets and Court Cases: Orcel’s botched hiring by Luke Rochussen

If offending the sartorially educated didn’t draw enough attention to the ex-head of the UBS investment bank, the gilet-wearing Andrea Orcel is reportedly preparing to mount legal action against Santander following a row over a €50 million compensation package. Educated at the University of Rome and then at the INSEAD in Paris, Mr Orcel has…

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China’s Debt Bomb by Alexander Le-Grys

China’s debt has now become one of the most concerning macroeconomic matters entering 2019. It has been one of the hot topics of debate at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week. China’s $34 trillion worth of public and private debt has become a time-bomb with implications for the global economy. Chinese debt has…

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Uncertainty in the Soybean Markets by Bhawesh Vasnani

The top 5 soybean produces in the world are Brazil, The United States of America, Argentina, Paraguay, and Canada. The top three producers of soybean are all going through several domestic issues which will inevitably have a knock-on effect upon soybean futures. A demand surge in soybean can also be predicted using data and analysing…

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A Major Year for the Water Industry – 2019 by Durrat Adnan

The reviewed business plans for 2020 to 2025 promise dynamic and passionate strategies delivering real benefits to customers, the environment and the country as a whole. “The next decade will see profound changes in customers’ expectations and we are pushing the water sector to be at the forefront of that” announced Ofwat (Office of Water…

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