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…

“Amsterdam 1 – 0 London”

Amsterdam ousts London as Europe’s top share trading hub   UK’s departure from the EU prompts shift in dealing of stocks and derivatives Amsterdam surpassed London as Europe’s largest share trading centre last month as the Netherlands scooped up business lost by the UK since Brexit. An average €9.2bn shares a day were traded on…