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Posts written in December 2016

Verizon purchase of Yahoo: Data breach puts deal at risk, but purchase still likely

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The theft of confidential information from Yahoo in 2013, although only recently announced, has heaped doubt over the proposed purchase of Yahoo by Verizon. Many predict the final bill will be substantial and worse could follow – the FBI are investigating and could yet cause more problems. A reduced share price caused Verizon to reappraise the sale. For both parties the realization that damage occurring from the data theft has yet to be fully felt is a serious problem, making revaluing Yahoo much harder. Regardless of which route Verizon chooses… Read more

Star Wars Franchise: Skyrocketing into the future

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Historically hundreds of films have been produced with a range of missions or storylines. Star Wars is a huge franchise which first graced screens in 1977 with Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. This Space Opera was written and directed by George Lucas. This was then followed by episodes V and VI before then returning to episodes I, II and III which are widely deemed as inferior to the original three films. These films however are each a part of a massive immersive world with a number of characters… Read more

Amazon Go: Newfound technology will give Amazon a major chance in the food & grocery industry, at the cost of future jobs

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Late 2015, Amazon Fresh rolled out across the USA in several states and similarly was introduced in the UK mid-2016. Now with the launch of Amazon Go, it is clear that Amazon wants a proportion of the share of the food & grocery market, one of the largest industries in the world it is not being quiet about it. Innovation and technological advances will give Amazon a significant advantage over its competitors emphasizing convenience for the customer. Amazon Go is the tangible version of its online store. A 1,800 square… Read more

2M Alliance: Hyundai Merchant Marine deal is not a long-term solution

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The agreement with the 2M Alliance marks an important step for Hyundai Merchant Marine. Despite the deal not meeting creditor demands, Hyundai M.M will have access to better business conditions than is possible under the soon to be defunct G6 alliance. Full membership, once the present agreement expires, has not been ruled out. Were the financial health of Hyundai to recover sufficiently the risk which deterred 2M customers would lesson, providing full access. The deal is not perfect and does not meet the memorandum of understanding signed earlier in the… Read more

Global air freight market growth rate will rise through to 2021, says MarketLine

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The global air freight sector has shown varied growth and declines between 2012 and 2016, registering an overall compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 0.7% between 2012 and 2016 to reach a value of $101.3 billion, according to data from research company MarketLine. MarketLine’s latest report shows that the air freight sector’s growth is primarily driven by the Middle East and Asia-Pacific (APAC) as a result of increased manufacturing. With an under-developed internal market, opportunity for future growth is also possible, particularly in larger countries like China and India. Paul… Read more

OPEC: Supply restriction amid global oil glut

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OPEC, consisting of 13 oil-rich governments, is the only true cartel allowed, albeit grudgingly, to operate in today’s global economy and it wields considerable power. In 1973 Arab members imposed an oil embargo on the US during the Arab-Israeli war which tripled prices in a matter of months. Three times in recent history OPEC has stepped in to shore up the oil market, and each time prices rallied within days of action being taken. It is fair to say, therefore, that OPEC is a force to be reckoned with. Or… Read more

Chinese Foreign Direct Investment Liberalization

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Reducing the number of markets foreign investors are prevented from entering – down to 62 from 93 – marks a useful step in the right direction and should encourage investment into China, reducing the gap to the outflow. Investors should become more comfortable with China given the proposed new rules, but there is much to be done and reasons for pessimism. The proposals appear to be hobbled by caution and need to go much further to create a lasting impact. More worryingly, the problems that the changes aim to tackle… Read more

Brexit – the meaning of a messy divorce for the Euro area.

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The lending channel between many industries and banks in the Euro area has been far from normal since 2008. This factor puts Britain in a better position to negotiate Brexit next year. The Euro area will embark on a period of further unprecedented slowdown by detaching itself from the world’s fourth largest economy. Credit to industries coming from the banking sector is key for the region to grow as the single currency area has a bank-based model as opposed to a capital market model. Debt financing to companies is largely… Read more

Remastered games: the price of nostalgia

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Historically hundreds of games have been produced with a range of missions or goals to be achieved. It is a shame when these games are forgotten or when a game disk breaks or is scratched and can no longer be played. This has led to games appearing on later consoles, being able to buy the original games for a discount price. The focus of this article is on the recent announcement of the remastering of the original Crash Bandicoot games for PS4, the continuation of games such as Spyro the… Read more

Global hotels and motels industry saw strong growth in 2015, exceeding $719 billion, says MarketLine

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The global hotels and motels industry grew to a value of just over $719.1 billion in 2015, with Europe emerging as the largest regional market, and accounting for more than 34% of global market value, according to research firm MarketLine. The company’s latest report shows that the US and the UK form the two largest national hotel and motel industry markets, valued at $189.6 billion and $59.8 billion, respectively. China follows as a close third, with a value of $59.6 billion. Mohammad Hamza Iqbal, Analyst for MarketLine, comments: “While the… Read more

Global paints and coatings market value surpassed $141 billion in 2015, says MarketLine

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The global paints and coatings market grew to a value of $141.5 billion in 2015, with Asia-Pacific (APAC) emerging as the largest regional market, and accounting for more than 55% of global market value, according to research firm MarketLine. The company’s report shows that China and the US form the two largest paints and coatings markets, valued at $53.3 billion and $21.3 billion, respectively. China, however, is expected to continue growing at a fast pace, while growth in the US is forecast to be moderate. Mohammad Hamza Iqbal, Analyst for… Read more