“Karma is like a rubber-band: it can only stretch so far before it comes back and smacks you in the face.” – Unknown
As US equities continue their record breaking bull run, market participants have understandably started to question how much longer this will continue for and whether we’re entering… Read the article
Come September, the biggest change to the sector structure in the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) history will take place, with more than 8% of the S&P 500 index market cap being re-classified into the new Communication Services sector. Under the changes, the existing Telecommunication Services sector will be combined… Read the article
Earnings disappointments from the likes of Facebook has sparked concerns whether the stupendous growth of tech stocks can continue. After a decade wins, are the FAANGs losing their bite? In this month’s update, Ritu Vohora, Investment Director looks at whether this could be a return for… Watch the video
With World Cup fever captivating the globe and the tournament providing lots of surprises, Investment Director, Ritu Vohora, looks at the importance of having a strong offence and defence strategy when thinking about sector… Watch the video
Are today’s technology titans exploiting their market position without any attention to broader stakeholder welfare? Essentially, this is the implicit question being discussed in most media today.
Given the recent news flow, it certainly feels like technology has had a rough start to the year. In the past few weeks,… Read the article
Stories in the media about fake news, Russian trolls, secretive organisations like Cambridge Analytica improperly using personal data to influence political elections – it all sounds like something out of an episode of House of Cards.
Despite Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg’s claims that Facebook will do better in the… Read the article
As expected, and as promised during his campaign, US president Donald Trump yesterday announced that the US will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the 2015 agreement setting greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets for individual countries. One of the major achievements of the agreement was the near universality of… Read the article
What do Google and Facebook have in common with the recently listed Snap? Lofty valuations? Check. Internet companies? Of course. But perhaps less well known is their apparent apathy towards minority shareholders. Snap has the dubious honour of being the first ever US company to IPO shares that… Read the article
In yesterday’s blog, I discussed that while the Bitcoin currency system may not see widespread adoption, it gave us a unique piece of technology that would – Blockchain. At its heart, the Blockchain technology eliminates the need of a third party for verifying transactions. This is accomplished through… Read the article
There’s been a lot of attention on bitcoins and blockchains recently, in particular the latter which is being heralded as a major disrupter in financial services. In a two part series this week, I will attempt to explain and demystify the concepts of bitcoins and blockchains and look at the… Read the article
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