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20.04.2017

Expert Commentary: Carsten Fritsch, Commodity Analyst at Commerzbank, on gold

According to the latest reports, US inflation rose, while real interest rates remained negative, therefore, analysts are expecting a boost in demand for gold. Do you share this point of view or not? Why? I do share this point of view because there is a strong negative correlation between real interest rates and the gold price.  Some experts think that China and Russia both significantly increase gold reserves in order to lower US government's control on the value of their assets. Analysts suggest that this may weaken the US Dollar and push gold prices higher. Are you of the same opinion or not? Why? I do not think that it is a reasonable assumption, because the available data simply does not support this opinion. China, for instance, reported its figures on foreign exchange reserves for March, according to which the Chinese Central Bank did not buy any gold for the fifth consecutive month. In the meantime, Russia increased its gold reserves, though not by the same magnitude as in the recent years, with monthly buying volumes being lower than two or three years ago. 

 
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20.04.2017

Nestlé confirms outlook while sales growth slows in Q1

Food group Nestle has confirmed it aims to grow underlying sales by 2-4% this year after growth slowed in the first quarter, hit by weak consumer demand for packaged foods and a deflationary environment. Underlying "organic" sales growth at the maker of Buitoni pasta and Maggi soups slowed to 2.3 percent in the first quarter, from 3.9 percent in the year-ago period that included one more trading day and an earlier Easter, the group based in Vevey on Lake Geneva said in a statement on Thursday. This was in line with forecasts in a Reuters poll. Consumer goods groups face challenges as increasingly health-conscious consumers often prefer fresh produce to packaged foods.

 
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20.04.2017

How the investment diamond market works

Maurizio Spoldi, CEO of DSC, Diamond Service Company, is an expert in all fields related to diamonds, including the investments in natural gems: he explains us how this market works

 
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19.04.2017

Positive Feedback for investors by first Marijuana ETF

On Wednesday, April 5th the Horizons Medical Marijuana Life Sciences ETF  began trading on the TSX. HMMJ is the first ever ETF offing investors direct exposure to a basket of cannabis related companies in Canada and the United States. According to its website, its stake didn't exceed 10 percent in any individual company. The Horizons Medical Marijuana Life Sciences ETF seeks to track the Solactive North American Medical Marijuana Index and it offers a way to invest without taking on individual company risk. However, the ETF only holds a total of 14 stocks, and while billed as a global fund, 10 holdings are Canadian-based. The medical marijuana industry is more developed in Canada than in other nations, and cannabis could soon become legal for all Canadian adults.

 
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19.04.2017

ESG in private equity: from fringe to focal

Pension funds and institutional investors have for some time been allocating to alternative investments, including private equity, to seek additional returns and diversification. This is welcome progress...

 
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19.04.2017

Traffic pollution may help to reduce HDL cholesterol

A wealth of studies have suggested a link between exposure to air pollution and a greater risk of cardiovascular disease. But according to an epidemiological study, adults who were exposed to traffic-related air pollution had lower levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol that could increase their cardiovascular disease risk.  For the new research, lead author Griffith Bell, Ph.D., of the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle, and colleagues studied 6,654 adults and found people exposed to higher levels of fine and ultrafine particles in traffic pollution tended to have lower levels of HDL cholesterol in their blood.

 
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19.04.2017

Millennials like Netflix, but free is better

In a recent survey of US college students, commissioned by LendEDU, a consumer finance comparison site, only 8% of respondents said they didn't have a Netflix account. That means that a whopping 92% have Netflix. Additionally, 5% said they used their current or ex-girlfriend’s or boyfriend’s account. Meanwhile, only 34% said they have their own account. “Netflix continues to be the clear leader in online streaming, but is hurting in one key performance metric,” the report said. Netflix is also the most popular video platform among teens, beating out both YouTube and cable TV in a recent Piper Jaffray survey.

 
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19.04.2017

Focus on French elections

As of today, all the polls are suggesting that Macron and Le Pen are likely to oppose each other in the second and final round of the presidential vote. The key to victory may come down to a single factor – voter turnout in the second round. Assuming that turnout is along the lines of historical standards (about 80%), Marine Le Pen needs to win 18m voices. Polls currently suggest she will win 12m. And yet, the scenario of a very low turnout must be kept on the table, especially if François Fillon makes it through to the second round. Aversion against Fillon is such among leftist voters that they could be tempted to turn in a blank ballot or not vote at all.

 
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18.04.2017

Zug Crypto Valley could be a model for Crimea

Boris Titov, the Russian business-ombudsman, has proposed the creation of a region in the Crimea similar to the “kriptodoliny” (Cryptovalley) in Zug, Switzerland for funding cryptocurrency and blockchain organizations, according to Rambler News Service. “Maybe we can make a Crypto Valley Crimea,” Titov said. This initiative was talked down during the Russian science-practical forum called “Blockchain: dialog between business and government” on the 13th of April in Moscow.

 
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18.04.2017

CERN: An asset for research and for Switzerland

CERN is known for the latest discoveries in nuclear research, but the European organization is also important in many other fields, including the economy. Tiago Araujo, Knowledge Transfer Officer at CERN, explains why to Marketplus. Usually, the technology CERN develops becomes important for the general public, too, maybe years later. Could you give us an example? It’s true, due to the specificity of our scientific challenges, our technologies are often state-of-the-art. A very good example of an early stage development ongoing at CERN are the high magnetic field magnets. We are producing unprecedented magnetic field intensity magnets that are potentially very interesting for example for the ultra-high MRI (Magnetic Resonance Image).  

 
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