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Automatic for the people

The ongoing shift towards automation is irrevocably changing numerous industries – creating winners and losers along the way.

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Big brands - the end of an era?

Big brands - the end of an era?

Branded consumer goods have been a favoured investment theme for many investors. However, a number of fundamental changes mean new entrants are challenging these once profitable, predictable businesses.

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How green are ‘green bonds’?

How green are ‘green bonds’?

The August announcement by Tianjin SDIC Jinneng Electric Power Co Ltd that it had issued green bonds worth RMB1 billion ($150 million) to finance a 2,000 megawatt coal‐fired power plant neatly encapsulates the conundrum of green bonds.

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Europe's dirty secret

Europe's dirty secret

A rise in bad debt is common in times of financial distress. However, two factors differentiate the Eurozone’s non-performing loans (NPLs) problem.

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Argentina – no more tears?

Argentina – no more tears?

Just over a century ago, Argentina ranked among the world’s ten richest economies. However, since those halcyon days, it has experienced long and steady economic decline relative to the developed world – described as ‘one hundred years of ineptitude’.

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