Sectors & Industry

CAREC Countries E-Commerce Progress

In 2015, Central Asia made some important improvements in the environment for cross-border e-commerce: Kazakhstan’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) will boost commercial transparency, while the Kyrgyz Republic’s membership in the Eurasian Customs Union expands its consumer base.

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Engage on any Good Strategic Proposals Lately?

Spare a thought for the CEO of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer. Nearly four years on the job, the ailing internet giant is still struggling to deliver a credible path to growth. And following the US$4.3 billion loss the company reported for the year in its latest results, the Yahoo board undercut her plan to “accelerate Yahoo’s transformation” with its intent to “engage on qualified strategic proposals” – widely interpreted as putting the company up for sale.

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The Alphabet According to Google

We have got used to Google as a massive global success story. However, sometimes the detail is more interesting than the top line. On February 1 an announcement by the firm’s holding company Alphabet gave investors their first real insight into the relative performances of its different parts.

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Strong-Arming Russia Over Oil

When Saudi Arabia led an OPEC decision to end a restraint put on oil production in November 2014, it marked the beginning of a new era in oil economics. It has given us a tumbling oil price, prompted huge losses and job cuts at oil firms like BP and might yet give us economic and political drama in the heart of Moscow. To understand why, it is worth drilling down to the start of the whole process, and the costs of getting oil out of the ground in the first place.

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To Micropay, or Not to Micropay

Another year, another crisis in traditional media. Most recently, it has been The Guardian announcing it needs to cut costs by 20%, as the revenues from online advertising cannot compensate for the losses of revenue from its print editions.

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It's Just (Trump) Business

Demagoguery aside, much of Donald Trump’s bid to gain the Republican Party nomination for the presidency of the United States rests on his success as a businessman. It was his business fortune that meant he could kickstart his bid with $1.8m of his own money. However, how credible a business leader is he? In addition, in light of his track record, should he be trusted to run the US?

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Coping with Low Oil Prices

Oil prices have tumbled to new lows in 2016. Slowing demand and a glut of supply has made the oil market incredibly bearish. However, while prices have halved over the past year, the number of mergers and acquisitions has most definitely not. In addition, a surge in deal making can be expected over the coming year.

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Maximizing Labor Market Performance

Research has demonstrated that in general, training has a positive impact on an individual’s labor market performance: wages grow faster after training, training has positive impact on employment security and training increases the probability of re-employment after job loss.

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The Oil and Equity Relationship in Context

Equities and oil continue to be moving in the same direction.  During the first few weeks, they were moving down together and now up together.  It is frustrating for asset managers.  Large cap and small cap stocks are moving together as if everything is being tarred with the same brush.

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Weighing in on Oil in 2016

Oilprice.com recently spoke with Carl Larry, Director of Oil and Gas at Frost & Sullivan, a consultancy that conducts research on oil and gas markets, to get his thoughts on the state of oil in 2016.

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Short-term Gain and Long-term Pain

Barclays, Pearson and Virgin Media have all announced significant job cuts as part of a growing pressure to cut costs, adding up to more than 6,000 job cuts in total. Firms are increasingly turning to cost-reduction strategies as a coping mechanism for competitive and difficult economic conditions.

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Do You Have a FoMO? Get in Line

The In-N-Out Burger pop-up in Sydney this week is a case study in how to do this kind of retail.  Devoted fans who have sampled the fast food outlet in the US and In-N-Out newbies have whipped up a social media storm, and this is exactly the viral word-of-mouth marketing that In-N-Out burger would have been hoping for.

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British Steel Appears on its Way Out

The announcement of over 1000 job losses at Tata Steel – the vast majority at the Port Talbot plant in South Wales – has understandably provoked heated debate. Yet this is just the latest incident in the industry’s spiral of decline, which has recently seen redundancy plans made at other companies including SSI, Caparo and Sheffield Forgemasters. The future of the industry in Wales, and other regions across the UK, is in jeopardy. In addition, there has been no shortage of suggestions as to what could, or should, be done.

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