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Global demand for gold increased by 2% in 2016 - 02/03/2017

Demand for gold in the world over the past year increased by 2% and exceeded 4.3 thousand tons, mainly thanks to popularity among private and institutional investors, yet has fallen by the end of the year. Central banks, some of which had to maintain stability of national currency, cut demand for gold dramatically. Slump in gold jewelry in China and India resulted in overall drop in the industry...

Cheap euro promoted economic upturn in Germany - 02/01/2017

Economic situation in the euro area has improved in the fourth quarter of 2016. GDP growth accelerated, unemployment fell to a record low for the past seven years, and higher fuel prices spurred inflation. The ECB, however, is not going to tighten monetary policy, one of the main beneficiaries of which was the German economy. The country's current account surplus, according to experts, has become...

Equatorial Guinea wants to join OPEC - 01/27/2017

OPEC may invite Equatorial Guinea, which previously had supported OPEC’s initiative to limit production, in its ranks. EG is not a major producer and exporter yet it is a significant player in the oil market, so the deal would look interesting to OPEC’s leaders. EG’s entrance into the cartel can be supported by Saudi Arabia or its traditional opponent Venezuela. Equatorial Guinea wants to join...

ECB: Quantitative easing will pan out, we just have to wait - 01/26/2017

Major central banks have lost control of inflation. Markets now just need some more time to verify effectiveness of regulatory measures, according to a new series of the ECB’s analytical documents. Experts say that asset buyout has been the most effective fix so far. As for longstanding preservation of low rates, it can be explained by a series of successive shocks, from the euro area crisis to...

E-commerce starts to shape future of car retailing - 01/25/2017

Ford’s lending division invested in AutoFi – a startup, engaged in development of technologies for on-line purchase of cars. Amount of the investment is not disclosed. According to the automaker, the company will use AutoFi’s software, so that clients can buy cars Ford or Lincoln without leaving the house. All a client needs to make a purchase is to go to a dealer’s website, choose a favorite car...

Premium brands embrace Modernization and Optimization - 01/24/2017

A new research on luxury market conducted by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) together with Bernstein suggests that the world luxury centers - New York, London and Paris - will maintain a high concentration of stores of this class. However, luxury brands are an urgent need to review effectiveness of existing stores chains as the world is gripped by highly competitive e-commerce, especially in Asia....

EU may conduct stress tests of bank cybersecurity - 01/23/2017

EU is pondering a possibility to carry out stress-tests on banks’ protection from cyber-attacks, said European officials and sources amid rising concerns about the banking sector’s vulnerability to hacker attacks. Over the past few years, attacks against banks have become more numerous and sophisticated as criminals are finding new ways to attack financial institutions. In February 2016, hackers...

Trump's promises inspirit S&P 500 companies - 01/23/2017

Leaders of several American companies included in S&P 500 Index expressed optimism over US president Donald Trump’s promises. In particular, they hope that tax cuts, increased spending and deregulation would contribute to higher corporate profits. A few days before Friday's inauguration, Heads of Morgan Stanley, Delta Air Lines and other major US corporations said that plans of Trump's...

Why Hollywood film studios bow and scrape to Chinese business - 01/20/2017

American film studio Paramount Pictures signed a partnership agreement with Chinese companies Shanghai Film Group and Huahua Media, for which the movie maker will receive $ 1 billion investments over three years. According to The Wall Street Journal, the investors will help the studio distributing its movies in the Chinese film market, the second largest in the world after the United States....

App Annie: mobile software revenues grew by 40% in 2016 - 01/18/2017

App publishers received $ 35 billion in revenue in 2016 thanks to App Store and Google Play. The figure climbed up by 40% compared to 2015, as follows from annual report of App Annie market research firm. The growth rate was 50% in App Store; nearly half of money came from China. Total time spent in applications increased by a quarter and amounted to 900 billion hours. Last year, mobile...
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