Workers are running away from major cities!

How Covid Has Reshaped Real Estate From New York to Singapore   The retreat from major cities has been the pandemic’s big real-estate story — but that doesn’t mean metropolitan house prices have suddenly got cheap. From New York to London to Sydney, ultra-low interest rates and vast government fiscal support have limited distressed sales.…

Better than expected economic results!

BNP Paribas beats quarterly expectations as equity trading rebounds   France’s BNP Paribas on Friday reported a better-than-expected first-quarter profit, helped by lower provisions for pandemic-related bad loans and a rebound in its equity trading business that the bank aims to expand. The euro zone’s biggest listed lender said net profit rose 37.9% to 1.77…

Should we start investing in commodities now?

Are We Witnessing the Start of a New Commodities Supercycle?   “Governments and private companies are increasingly pledging carbon reduction measures, heightening demand for certain metals.” “A weakened U.S. dollar, zero interest rates and pent-up demand may be contributing to the second supercycle this century.”   Commodity super cycles are decade-long periods in which commodities…

ESG Funds blooming as Spring arrives!

Sustainable investment boom sees huge surge in ESG funds   With the rising popularity of ESG funds, investors have to be careful not to fall foul of greenwashing. Proposed EU regulations may help them to do just that 2020 was a watershed year for ESG funds. Investment strategies that take environmental, social and corporate governance…

Robots are now hiring! The Pro’s & Con’s of recruiting via an AVI

Screened out by a computer? What job interviews are like without human beings Experts predict “asynchronous” one-way interviews will outlast the COVID-19 pandemic   As the coronavirus pandemic continues, job-seekers expect to attend employment interviews online. But increasingly, the employers and recruiters looking to hire are sitting those same interviews out. Instead of asking candidates questions face-to-face, many…

Diversity barriers breaking down (Finally)

First Woman, First African to Lead WTO: Who’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala?   Dr Okonjo-Iweala has earlier broken glass ceilings as Nigeria’s first woman foreign minister and finance minister. Over 26 years since the establishment of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), a woman has never helmed the international body that deals with global trade rules, resolves trade…