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Covid-19 leads to rising global debt

Last year global debt reached $226tn and increased by $27tn owing to the Covid-19 pandemic...

13 Oct 2021

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B2B cross-border transaction value to exceed $42,7tn in 2026

The transaction value of B2B cross-border payments of all payment types will exceed $42,7tn in 2026, driven by the increased popularity of e-commerce marketplaces...

31 Aug 2021

GLOBAL

Why real estate investors can make a real difference to climate change
Why real estate investors can make a real difference to climate change

Climate change and its potential costs to humankind made headlines again last week. What was new was the clarity of the message...

By Kristina Foster 20 Aug 2021

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POS transaction values predicted to exceed $17.3tn globally by 2026
POS transaction values predicted to exceed $17.3tn globally by 2026

The total value of transactions processed by POS terminals will exceed $17.3tn in 2026, from $14.8tn in 2021, according to a new study by Juniper Research...

18 May 2021

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What is sustainability accounting? What does ESG mean? We have answers
What is sustainability accounting? What does ESG mean? We have answers

Sustainability is a hot topic today due to increasing awareness of climate change and inequality, among other pressing issues...

By Leanne Keddie 3 Feb 2021

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Fear spreads easily. That's what gives the Wuhan coronavirus economic impact

One way to count the cost of the Wuhan coronavirus is by how many people catch it, and then how many die. Another is the direct financial costs of public health measures to treat those infected and contain its spread...

By Ilan Noy 30 Jan 2020

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Activist Greta Thunberg was among attendees who want the world’s leaders to prioritise fighting climate change.
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How CEOs, experts and philosophers see the world's biggest risks differently

We live in a world threatened by numerous existential risks that no country or organisation can resolve alone, such as climate change, extreme weather and the coronavirus...

By Christopher Michaelson 28 Jan 2020

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Coronavirus does not look like a 'black swan' event - here are some reasons to be cautiously optimistic

The alarm is sounding again. The Asia financial markets were reasonably calm about the new coronavirus until the news of the lockdown of the whole city of Wuhan in China on 23 January...

By Zheng Wang 27 Jan 2020

GLOBAL

#BFGlobal500: Amazon breaks $200bn mark, still world's most valuable brand
#BFGlobal500: Amazon breaks $200bn mark, still world's most valuable brand

Amazon makes history as the first brand in Brand Finance Global 500 ranking to exceed $200bn value mark and retains title of world's most valuable brand for the third consecutive year...

22 Jan 2020

GLOBAL

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US is more relaxed about oil spike than Europe - which helps explain differences over Iran

Oil prices shot up following the US assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, rising more than $5 per barrel to more than $71 (£54) on January 6, its highest level since the Saudi oil refinery attack last September...

By Mueid Al Raee 15 Jan 2020

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The fruit of your coins
Facebook's Libra has staggering potential - state control of money could end

The UN recognises 180 currencies worldwide as legal tender, all of them issued by nation states. It does not recognise cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin in this way, even if communities of enthusiasts have been treating them as a means of exchange for...

By Gavin Brown 27 Jun 2019

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Switzerland at epicentre of cryptocurrency revolution

ZURICH, Switzerland - Switzerland has become a global hub for cryptocurrencies and the blockchain technology they are built on, with investors flocking to the wealthy Alpine nation to get in on the virtual action...

3 Apr 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

Female millennials are the most confident and ambitious of any female generation
Female millennials are the most confident and ambitious of any female generation

New PwC survey dispels myths about women and work...

5 Mar 2015

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Top 10 gold holding countries

The United States (US) and Germany are the top gold holding countries in the world...

5 Oct 2021

SWITZERLAND

The trial is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland. The defendant denies any wrongdoing. (Image: Public Domain)
Swiss ex-banker faints as trial over WikiLeaks leak opens

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: A former Swiss banker fainted on Wednesday at the opening of his trial for breaking Swiss bank secrecy laws for allegedly giving confidential data to WikiLeaks...

11 Dec 2014

SWITZERLAND

Russia has slapped penal duties on vans imported from Italy and Germany. Image: Wikipedia
EU challenges Russia at WTO over duties on vans

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: The European Union said that it had launched a fresh challenge to Russia at the World Trade Organisation, seeking to strike down Moscow's import duties on vans from Germany and Italy.

22 May 2014

SWITZERLAND

One of Holcim's many cement plants around the world. The company has confirmed it is in merger talks with Lafarge. Image:
Holcim confirms merger talks with Lafarge

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: Switzerland's Holcim confirmed that it is in merger talks with its French rival Lafarge in a deal that would create the world's largest cement company.

7 Apr 2014

SWITZERLAND

Zurich Insurance posts 17% fall in profits
Zurich Insurance posts 17% fall in profits

ZURICH SWITZERLAND: Swiss insurer Zurich Insurance on Thursday (15 August) said net profits fell by 17% to US$1.85bn in the first half of the year on the back of weather-related disasters.

15 Aug 2013

SWITZERLAND

Swiss Life surprises with strong first half profits
Swiss Life surprises with strong first half profits

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND: Insurance company Swiss Life on Wednesday (14 August) posted a near 30% rise in first-half net profits, attributing the boost to a solid performance in all areas and to strict management of margins.

15 Aug 2013

SWITZERLAND

Swiss Re's profits of US$786m in quarter
Swiss Re's profits of US$786m in quarter

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND: Switzerland-based reinsurance giant Swiss Re reported a more than nine-fold leap in second-quarter profits on Thursday thanks to a jump in premiums and with exceptional costs weighing down on last year's result.

12 Aug 2013



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