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British venture capital investment forges ahead - 03/23/2017

In 2016, The UK attracted more venture investments than France, Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark taken together. Apparently, the country’s decision to leave the European Union (Brexit) has not yet affected the British start-ups. According to the annual Tech City UK survey, venture capitalists invested 6.8 billion pounds ($ 8.5 billion) in British high-tech companies in the last year. This...

Online sales knocking out traditional retailers - 03/22/2017

On Tuesday, one of the largest supermarket chains in North America, Sears, said that results of its operations raise "doubts about the company's ability to continue its operations." Experts note that the market is somehow ready for possible bankruptcy of one of the largest and oldest retail chains in the US. This is not a particular case, but a general trend - traditional retailers are finding it...

Who will fill Brazilian meat suppliers' shoes? - 03/21/2017

Most likely, world buyers of beef will soon be forced to quickly supply meat from several countries if the scandal in the Brazilian meat sector of continues, as imposed prohibitions and policies are limiting trade flows, Reuters reports citing market analysts. China suspended imports of all meat products from Brazil, the world's largest beef exporter, as a precautionary measure, after inspectors...

Why OPEC failed to spur oil prices - 03/17/2017

Current situation on the oil market bears certain similarity of a scene from "The Big Short" - a well-known film about financial speculation. Two men protagonists fly over oil reservoirs and take photographs with an infrared camera, trying to estimate level of reserves in 2,100 reservoirs across America and find out how overvalued the oil is. In fact, everything is much simpler. The data...

E-sports market will grow to $ 3.5 billion - 03/16/2017

Juniper Research experts assessed the market of cybersport and streaming. Here’s what they found out. The e-sports market is growing very fast, and, according to a new report by Juniper Research, the growth rate of this industry is generally sky-high. The turnover in this sphere will double and amount to $ 3.5 billion by 2021. Research company Juniper Research has released a new report in which...

ECB: Greek banks are losing ground - 03/16/2017

The Greek banking sector has got some serious problems. Local financial institutions are rapidly losing their capital. The ECB meanwhile warned that if the situation does not change, the sector will be shaken by major shocks. The local population is trying to bypass the control over the movement of capital and is withdrawing money from the banking sector. "Bad" loans are a serious problem for...

European analysts risk losing their jobs - 03/15/2017

Nobody knows true value of stock market analysis, even the very investment banks that sell it. Until now, stock market research was considered a "bonus", which was received by institutional customers for commissions from trade. However, now everything can change due to a reform of the EU Directive "Markets in Financial Instruments Directive" MiFID II EU, which require asset managers to share...

Iron ore rally starts to slow down - 03/10/2017

Rally of iron ore prices shows signs of slowdown. Commodity prices showed the maximum weekly decline for almost four months amid growing concerns about demand in China, while supplies are climbing up, reports Bloomberg. The prices growth "is based on optimism about demand," says Caroline Bain, Chief Commodities Economist at Capital Economics. "Thus, we believe that the recent decline reflects...

Oil production increase in the US can limit oil prices - 03/09/2017

OPEC countries and other oil exporters, which signed the oil freeze agreement, are now discussing a possibility of extending the deal and involve companies from the United States. At the same time, the agreement’s key player, Saudi Arabia, hints that oil suppliers outside the cartel, in particular, Russia, are making insufficient efforts to comply with the agreement. Meanwhile, the IEA is...

Dieselgate is turning into Diesel-escape - 03/08/2017

Stuttgart has recently introduced a ban on diesel engines within the city, and its German neighbors may soon follow its example. German automotive industry still believes in its favorite technology, but the market has already felt a drop in demand. "Sell your diesel while it's still possible" – said Die Welt in the beginning of March, causing a lot of resonance in Germany. Its author urged German...
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