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23.08.2017

Global dividends hit record, Nestlè on the top

Global dividends hit an all-time quarterly record of $447.5 billion (€380.5 billion) in the second quarter of this year as growth accelerated to the fastest rate since 2015, according to new data.  The Janus Henderson Global Dividend Index revealed that the amount paid out in dividends globally increased 5.4% year-on-year on a headline basis – equivalent to an underlying rise of 7.2% once exchange rates, special dividends and other factors were taken into account. The asset manager raised its dividend forecast for the whole of 2017 to $1.208 trillion, up $50 billion since an initial forecast in January, following evidence of “more synchronised” global economic growth, an oil price rally and a revival in banking sector payouts. 

 
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22.08.2017

Unlocking South Africa’s potential

The optimists noted strong and honest leadership, rule of law, business structures that bore scrutiny against the best in the world, allied with a global political elite that was willing the new South Africa to succeed.

 
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22.08.2017

Debt-to-Equity Ratio: the past, the present and the “new normal”?

A number of reports have come out over the last few years which put forward the view that investors will have to come to terms with lower returns going forward than they are used to from the past several decades.

 
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22.08.2017

Swiss meat the most expensive, more than the average worldwide

Online catering marketplace, Caterwings, have conducted a study regarding the global price of basic food items, as preliminary research ahead of their expansion into foreign markets. The research highlighted in particular that the cost of meat around the world is remarkably varied. To share these insights, Caterwings have released the 2017 Meat Price Index, which details the cost of meat in over 50 countries worldwide. The study revealed that Switzerland has the highest meat prices, at 141.9% more expensive than the average cost worldwide, followed by Norway (63.7% more expensive) and Hong Kong (61% more expensive), while Ukraine has the least expensive meat prices, at 52.3% less expensive than the average cost, closely followed by Malaysia (50.3% less expensive).

 
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22.08.2017

FBI says insider trading is working with encrypted app

The sharing of sensitive information has been at the root of many of the scandals facing the financial services industry recently, for example the LIBOR and FX rigging episodes. However, the US’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has now marked Wall Street traders as a potential area of focus, given the use of encrypted apps to hide illicit communications. According to reports emerging in the Financial Times, the FBI is becoming increasingly concerned that Wall Street traders have found a way to turn encryption to their advantage when it comes to illegally exchanging insider information.

 
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22.08.2017

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $417 million in lawsuit over talc cancer risks

A Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $417 million to a hospitalized woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company's iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene. The lawsuit was brought by a California woman, Eva Echeverria, who alleged Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn consumers about the potential cancer risks of talcum powder.

 
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22.08.2017

Ray Dalio worried the US is the most divided since 1937

Bridgewater Associates founder and co-CIO Ray Dalio thinks that democracy is being threatened. In a LinkedIn post published Monday, Dalio said that democracies are healthy when the principles "that bind people are stronger than those that divide them." In turn, "democracies are threatened when the principles that divide people are more strongly held than those that bind them and when divided people are more inclined to fight than work to resolve their differences."

 
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21.08.2017

Flash Crash Ahead

About 60% of stock market transactions are now coming from computers fed with algorithms based on great quantities of data. That may account for the extremely low volatility registered recently as competing algorithms buy and sell, trying to eke out profits from minimum movements in prices. Another factor is the policy of many companies implementing stock buyback programmes that benefit shareholders and reward executives by keeping the shares of the company at ever higher prices even though earnings do not justify the rise in the stock price.

 
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21.08.2017

Novartis starts the fight against malaria

Novartis and Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) have launched a patient trial for KAF156, a next-generation antimalarial compound with the potential to treat drug-resistant strains of the malaria parasite. The trial will test the efficacy of KAF156 in combination with a new, improved formulation of the existing antimalarial lumefantrine. The first trial center is operational in Mali and will be followed by sixteen additional centers across a total of nine countries in Africa and Asia over the next few months.  

 
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21.08.2017

HSBC and IBM work together to develop cognitive trade finance tool

IBM and HSBC are developing cognitive intelligence technology that can be used to boost the success of financial services, freeing up staff time and allowing for more innovation. The solution, which is already in use in Hong Kong and the UAE, uses IBM robotics technology to analyse documents, digitising and extracting the relevant data before feeding it into HSBC’s transaction processing systems.

 
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