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Investors see a future in battery technology, with rising demand for Lithium ETF

As concerns about climate change and greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels increase, the demand for sustainable energy alternatives is rising. However, the infrequency of conventional substitutes typically associated with green energy, such as solar and wind power, is recognised as a key setback due to a potential energy shortage. The solution which has caught…
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Rolls-Royce: cause for optimism in turbulent times?

Rolls-Royce reported worse than expected losses for 2020, yet investors ought to remain bullish as they look well-placed to embark on a sustainable and comprehensive recovery. The COVID-19 pandemic had a devastating effect on the civil aviation industry, for which Rolls-Royce design, manufacture and maintain engines. Whilst it is not clear that recovery from the…
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Why SKI Vs LG Chem is really US Jobs vs Intellectual Property Protection

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled in February that Electric Vehicle (EV) battery manufacturer SK Innovation (SKI) were guilty of intellectual property misappropriation and the firm was consequentially banned from importing components to produce EV batteries. The decision marks a huge win for South Korean rival LG Chem, a firm aiming to defend their…
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Is a Steely Cost-Incentivised Resistance Enough in the Face of Global Climate-Conscious Policies?

Since the 19th century, steel has underpinned the infrastructure of the modern industrial economy have been constructed. Nonetheless, not too dissimilar to the increased scrutiny which has been assigned to both oil and coal sectors, the steel industry is now facing intensified exploration in regard to its contribution to CO2 emissions. According to data assimilated…
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Birkenstock’s Buyout: A Foothold for Growth?

The private equity firm L Catterton, backed by Bernard Arnaud’s LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy), agreed to buy a majority stake of Birkenstock, a German-based shoe-making company best known for its quirky sandals. According to Kaye Wiggins, from The Financial Times, the deal values Birkenstock at 4 billion USD. Due to confidentiality agreements, the details…
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UK accelerating their net zero aims by introducing its first sovereign green bonds

The UK is set to launch its first sovereign green bonds for retail investors as part of the UK’s Budget set out by Chancellor Rishi Sunak. The green bonds will fund part of the 1 billion GBP Net Zero Innovation Portfolio and will allow retail investors to buy into UK-led projects such as offshore wind…
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An analysis of Government plans to partially underwrite 95% mortgages

On the 6th October 2020, the Prime Minister verbally proposed plans to enable 95% mortgages for first time buyers. Later, in the 2021 budget, this appeared in writing: “A new mortgage guarantee scheme will enable all UK homebuyers to secure a mortgage up to £600,000 with a 5% deposit”. This marks a 50% decrease from…
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Digital transformation within the construction industry – genuine innovation or a hollow trend?

Digital transformation, or digitalisation, as described by the European Commission, is characterised by a fusion of advanced technologies and the integration of physical and digital systems. A recent index devised by McKinsey & Company ranked the construction industry as one of the least digitalised industries, above only agriculture and hunting. However, the industry is now…
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Can 3D printing reinvent the construction industry?

In December 2019, 3D printing company Apis Cor announced that it had completed the world’s largest individual 3D printed building. The office block, built in Dubai, is 9.5 metres in height with a floor area of 640 square metres. Another impressive 3D printed building in Dubai, the ‘office of the future’, is a unique pavilion…
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The Greensill Saga

Greensill Capital, a provider of working capital finance, is on the verge of insolvency after 10 billion USD of funding from Credit Suisse was frozen on Monday 1st March. With impacts on financial markets ranging from Switzerland to Australia, Greensill offers an insight into the interconnectedness of global financial markets. With the saga being far…
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