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Number of IPOs in 2019 turns out to be lowest in three years - 01/08/2020

The number and volume of initial public offerings of companies held in 2019 turned out to be the lowest in the last three years. Besides, some large and promising placements turned into disappointment. According to Dealogic, 1237 initial public offerings of companies were held in 2019, which is 20% less than in the previous year. This is the lowest figure in the last three years. The total volume...

US oil inventories fall lower than expected - 12/30/2019

Commercial oil reserves in the United States (excluding the strategic reserve) for the week ended December 20 decreased by 5.5 million barrels, or 1.2%, to 441.4 million barrels, according to a weekly review of the energy information department of the country's energy ministry. Analysts polled by Reuters expected a 1.7 million barrels drop in those stocks.  Oil production in the US over...

London elite housing prices stop falling after Johnson's party wins - 12/30/2019

Housing prices in prestigious areas of London have finished the four-years fall. The number of deals increased after the Labor’s defeat in the election, but Brexit will continue to “cast a shadow” on the market. The "long-suffering real estate agents" of London's elite Mayfair district can raise a glass in honor of the holiday, writes the Financial Times. In the last quarter of the year, local...

Global economy in 2019: Crisis risks are lower, but no acceleration - 12/27/2019

2019 has become another year when the most negative forecasts did not materialize. Moreover, the expectations of an imminent correction in the markets, it seems, are now beyond 2020. The trade war, which has become the main factor of uncertainty in the global markets, is paused before the next, more complex round; the drama around Brexit is also close to resolution, and monetary policy, which...

What to expect from Bitcoin in 2020? - 12/26/2019

Bank of America Merrill Lynch recognized Bitcoin as the best investment asset for the last 10 years and 2019. The dynamics of the Bitcoin exchange rate depends on the discourse of representatives of regulatory bodies and watchdogs. There is positive news for the crypto industry that can strengthen the position of Bitcoin in 2020. For example, US Congressman Paul Gosar introduced a bill aimed at...

Experts reveal smart home market trends - 12/24/2019

This year, a number of smart home appliances developers, such as Apple, Google or Amazon, decided to standardize their devices. In general, over the year, cameras, screens, kitchens and switches have become noticeably “smarter” thanks to the growing cooperation between manufacturers of equipment and software. Apple, Google, Amazon, and the Zigbee Alliance, a standardization organization,...

Bank of Japand expectedly keeps negative rate at December meeting - 12/19/2019

The Bank of Japan kept the interest rate at a negative level - minus 0.1%, according to a statement from the financial regulator following the December meeting. The decision coincided with the expectations of analysts. Seven members of the regulator were in favor of maintaining the negative interest rate, two were against. The Japanese Central Bank introduced a negative interest rate of minus...

Moody's expects slowdown in global industrial development in 2020 - 12/19/2019

The international rating agency Moody's believes that the prospects for the development of global industry in 2020 remain negative due to the preservation of trade tension, which follows from a report by Moody's Investors Service. "The prospects for the development of the global manufacturing sector in 2020 are negative. Slowing global economic growth and increasing trade tension will affect the...

In Russia, the French won more than the World Cup - 12/18/2019

For some people in France, victory was achieved long before the finals. The French national soccer team returned victorious, and so did companies like Louis Vuitton, Metalu Plast or Freyssinet. With a record-high budget for the FIFA 2018 edition in Russia, numerous French companies acquired not only profitable contracts, but a level of publicity they had rarely achieved before. Be it in luxury...

China increases real estate investments - 12/18/2019

China's investment in real estate development grew by 10.2% year on year for the first 11 months of the year, which is slightly lower than 10.3% in the first ten months, the National Bureau of Statistics of China said. The total investment in real estate over the specified period amounted to 12.13 trillion yuan (about $ 1.7 trillion), the bureau said. Investments in residential construction grew...
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