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Stagflation concerns: are the 1970s coming back?

Inflation is soaring in the world’s largest economies now. In the U.S., consumer prices are racing at their quickest level since the 1990s. In China, factory gate prices rose at the fastest pace in 26 years in October, beating forecasts and further squeezing profit margins for producers already grappling with […]

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Government insider trading – is the cynicism justified?

Officials at the US Federal Reserve have come under recent scrutiny following allegations of trading of non-public information. The Fed chair, Jerome Powell, swiftly took action to reassure onlookers and prevent any further perceived conflicts of interest, but the wider issue of government officials trading on insider knowledge remains a […]

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Emerging markets: An update

Emerging market stocks are lagging behind those in developed economies by the most since 2013’s “taper tantrum”, having ended the third quarter of 2021 down 8.1%, the worst quarter since the first of 2020 when Covid-19 hit. On the year, MSCI’s Emerging market (EM) index is basically flat, in stark […]

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Retail Investing: Boon or Bane?

GameStop at its peak was the world’s largest video game retailer, with its stock priced at around $60 a share in 2006. The precipitous decline of physical retail due to the pandemic and the prevalence of Amazon and digital video game sales led to GameStop being valued at only $3 […]

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Arrivederci Alitalia: Italy’s long beleaguered national airline permanently grounded

October 15th saw Alitalia flight AZ1586 touch down at Rome’s Leonardo Da Vinci Airport and draw a close to the airline’s 75 year history. Since 2000 Italy’s national airline had only one profitable year and 2017 marked the beginning of the ultimate demise as state-appointed administrators stepped in to avoid […]

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Fed Tapering: Economic Recovery From The Pandemic

Looking back to the past 2021, the overall theme is recovery. With financial stimulus from governments across the world, liquidity was injected into the market. For example, for most of the past year and a half, the U.S. Federal Reserve has been buying at least $120 billion of bonds each […]

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Newcastle United takeover: a win for sportswashing or football?

On October 7th, a £300m takeover of Newcastle United by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) was completed. A Saudi-led consortium completed the deal for the Tyneside football club, almost two years after political and commercial controversies put an end to original talks. The takeover marks a key turning […]

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A Green Wave: Surge in Green Debt Issuance in September

September saw record-high green bond issuance as both sovereigns and corporates raised over US$40bn in debt capital markets for sustainable projects. This makes September the strongest month for green bond issuance in a year that has seen record-breaking issuances in every month so far. Green bonds are a type of […]

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What happened to Reebok?

For a brief period in the 1980s, Reebok was metaphorically the MVP of the all-star team of sneaker brands. It had designed the highly popular first fitness shoe targeted solely at women, the Freestyle Sneaker; it was repped by cultural icons like 50 Cent, David Bowie, Jane Fonda and Shaquille […]

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M&A Activity in China

With my time as CIBS Research Group Director coming to an end, I thought the most fitting way to write my last article would be to reflect back on my first. 2021 has marked the busiest-ever start to a year for M&A activity in China, with a record pace of […]

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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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Ready for take-off

The travel industry has been one of the worst-hit during the pandemic, with lockdowns grounding flights, keeping cruises in docks, and tourists at home. A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, travel companies have made huge losses and they are yet to see revenues flooding back in. However, the success of […]

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Bitcoin: A digital store of value?

In 2009, a mysterious and anonymous whitepaper was published under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, which described the principle of a peer-to-peer and purely digital currency. It described advantages such as lower transaction fees than traditional online payment infrastructure and a shift to a decentralised authority, unlike government-issued currencies. Since Bitcoin […]

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The Biotech Boom

The biotech industry has stolen the limelight after being pushed to the forefront of people’s minds as the world races to manufacture vaccines and restore a sense of normality. Early this month, we passed a historic milestone – the number of Covid-19 vaccinations globally finally surpassed the total number of […]

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Chinese Capital: Domestic vs. Foreign Property Markets

China’s Property Bubble: Will it Stabilise or Burst? Long-sustained housing investment has been consistently observed in China over the last decade, which has prompted both fear and trepidation amongst economists, analysts and governments globally. The signs of overbuilding are apparent. The debt levels are high. At the peak of the […]

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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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A Dangerous Game(Stop)

As of the time of writing, the current valuation of GameStop stands at 8.94bn USD with a closing price on January 28th of $193.60 per common unit — this is after a one-day drop of 44%. It truly is a sign of the times when in a short few days […]

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UK Financial Services Post-Brexit

With the start of 2021 ushering in a new era for Britain, having left the EU’s single market, the agreed trade deal continues to be debated and questioned. But with a deal on financial services to be negotiated separately in the coming months, there is uncertainty surrounding the sector which […]

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Market response to the COVID vaccine — an injection of hope?

On November 9th 2020, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced preliminary results of a medical study suggesting the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, with an efficacy of 90% in preventing COVID-19 in candidates facing exposure to the virus for the first time. The study comprised 43,538 participants, with those receiving the active […]

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Banking with Bitcoin and Beyond

Bitcoin hit an all-time high again. Of course, not before slumping shortly afterwards. It peaked at an intraday all-time high of $19,510, more than 300% above its low point in March earlier this year. It last attained such numbers in December 2017, a year which saw its value skyrocket nearly […]

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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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Investor Appetite: DoorDash fills consumer’s hunger, will its IPO fill investors’ hunger too?

DoorDash, America’s biggest food-delivery company, is due to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “DASH” next month, aiming to be valued at more than $20bn in the IPO and begin trading in December. Its financial documents filed on November 13th reveal it booked orders worth […]

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Is this the end of the boom-bust cycle?

Over the last century or so, most Western economies have demonstrated distinctively cyclical behaviour. Known as the boom-bust cycle, the credit cycle or the economic cycle, the superposition of inflationary and deflationary oscillations over a reasonably linear increase in productivity growth, has defined the natural order of the financial markets […]

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Can Big Oil survive in a low-carbon world?

Oil prices slumped to their lowest levels since May on October 29th, with Brent Crude oil prices falling below $37 per barrel. Renewed lockdowns in Europe and resultant falls in demand serve as a reminder for an industry, scarred by the freefall of oil prices in March and April, of […]