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Breaking bonds

We have seen an enormous amount of volatility within the bond market recently, inflicting fear onto investors who were preparing for a steady recovery from the pandemic. Most have taken it as a given that we will soon be able to return to normal with the rapid rollout of vaccines […]

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Macroeconomic News

Can ‘Super’ Mario save Italy?

Italy is a country that has faced numerous economic and social problems in the past decade, and has been struggling to integrate into the world economy. These problems include political volatility and excessive bureaucratism for firms, and have hindered economic progress for numerous decades as the country fell behind its […]

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The irony of Robinhood

The events of the past week (beginning 25th of January), have challenged the role that retail traders in the global financial markets have traditionally played. The demographic has never had as much influence as it currently does, as it disrupts spaces previously dominated by large institutions such as hedge funds, […]

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Can Biden make America green again?

Since President-elect Biden won the election at the start of this month, many have been left wondering about the consequences this will have for the environment. The US has by no means a good reputation in this sector, especially after four years of the Trump administration who were actively hostile […]

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Capital Markets

The end of Ma: how the biggest IPO went bust

Just a few weeks ago, we were expecting Ant Group to launch the biggest IPO in history with a value of $37bn. In a dramatic turn of events however, the Chinese government imposed a swathe of new regulations aimed at preventing the IPO from taking place just the night before. […]

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Macroeconomic News

The push for negative rates

Monetary policy, in its traditional form, has been taken for granted over the past few decades, with central banks relying heavily upon the monetary transmission mechanism to steer the direction of the demand side. Since 2008, we have had to fundamentally rethink the interest rate mechanism as rates remain near […]

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Should we break up Big Tech?

The five Big Tech companies (Apple, Microsoft, Alphabet, Amazon, and Facebook) are one of capitalism’s modern day success stories, growing to account for 17.5% of the S&P 500 in the space of a few decades. We have long praised the innovation they have brought, but now they face a growing […]