CO2 – Ten years of emission trading: Does it work?


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This week’s post is by Anders Nordeng, a senior carbon market analyst on Thomson Reuters Point Carbon Commodities Research & Forecasts team.

Buying and selling emission rights continues to be seen as a controversial instrument for cutting CO2 emissions. Some argue that it doesn’t work. Some accuse it of being equivalent to the indulgences of the Catholic Church of old, whereby Western governments and companies buy remission for their sins – only to go on polluting as before.

The opposite is also heard: that developing countries use it as a ploy to draw investments to industry and infrastructure projects by feigning a positive effect on the global climate. (more…)

China, Alibaba, & global deal trends

Watch this video interview with Global Editor in Chief of Reuters Breakingviews Rob Cox, where he talks about covering some of 2014’s biggest stories including China’s emergence, the Alibaba IPO launch, and global deal trends in 2014 and the outlook for this year.

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Back to the future: We digitize the Reuters archive

Reuters Video Archive

Our Reuters archive, which dates back to the 1896 coronation of Tsar Nicholas II, is famous for how far it looks back. Now, it’s also an asset being prepared for the future.

The digitization of the Reuters archive is currently making hundreds of thousands of rare and largely unseen news clips available to clients around the world, enabling us to pursue new opportunities in digital.

To date, over 115,000 Reuters clips have already been digitized and published on, expanding the Reuters digital archive to 450,000 clips and counting.

Why go digital? (more…)

A surge in global deals – Graphic of the day

As deal activity resurged around the world in 2014, global investment banking fees across mergers and acquisitions and capital markets activity saw a nearly seven percent increase over last year and their strongest annual period since 2007. Today’s graphic shows the top nations in investment banking fee activity in 2014. For the full interactive experience, head on over to our 2014 Annual Report (or click on the image below), where you can see exactly where IB fees have increased, decreased, and to what degree. 

A surge in global deals

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TechVision: Emerging trends in FinTech

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The potential of next generation FinTech (Financial Technology) could be the big bang disruption to fuel the growth in financial markets and regulatory agencies. London is one of the major cities at the center of global technology-led financial services. James Powell, Chief Technology Officer, Thomson Reuters, will host a diverse panel of FinTech influencers and innovators who are helping to move the UK financial industry toward the £20 billion mark.

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Islamic financial institutions must boost transparency to meet AAOIFI governance standards and address critics

A key difference between Islamic and conventional financial institutions is the legal rights of depositors. While in practice, institutions treat their (profit-and-loss-sharing mudarabah) depositors as if they were conventional deposits, they are subject to losses as if they were equity instruments (the depositor as rabb al-mal shares profits with the bank but remains subject to losses).

Despite being on the hook for losses from the mudarabah assets in a similar way as the equity investors are to the overall institution’s losses, mudarabah depositors are not permitted to vote and can effectively only vote with their feet by withdrawing their deposits if they believe them to be at risk of loss or can find a higher return elsewhere. In this regard, mudarabah depositors (or as they are usually called — profit-sharing investment account holders or IAHs) do have priority over equityholders in the liquidity they are granted, which, in normal situations, entitles them to withdraw their deposits without any loss.

All of these factors contribute to the need to develop standards on the governance within Islamic financial institutions (IFIs), which AAOIFI instituted in 2005. The particular standard that focuses on corporate governance issues begins by outlining the underlying principle for the management that ensures they are “held to the highest fiduciary standards since they are accountable not to the equity-holders who appointed them but also for the safety of all key stakeholders as well as the community the IFI serves”.

The governance standard is that — just a standard — so it doesn’t prescribe certain methods for ensuring that an Islamic financial institution must do certain things as a result of its fiduciary standard; that is left up to the individual institution. However, it does outline some principles that are of interest to IAHs and how the financial institutions ensure what is referred to as “equitable treatment of fund providers and other significant stakeholders.” (more…)

Know why: Bringing the balance between environment and energy into focus

Annual Report

2014 was a year in which knowing more —who, what, why and how — was critical to informed decision making and successful outcomes. Explore our 2014 Annual Report.

Perhaps nowhere is the importance of “knowing why” more apparent than in the interplay of world energy markets and the increasing urgency of climate and environmental issues. See how through context, connection and insight, we help professionals know why changes are occurring in world energy, identify and develop alternatives, and monitor the environmental impacts of energy: (more…)

The need to know: Explore our 2014 Annual Report

Annual Report

Our customers participate in the most important conversations in a fast and complex world every day. As professionals, they navigate markets, risks and regulations; shape and manage legal systems and tax jurisdictions; protect innovations; and drive scientific discovery. Their work is important and their decisions matter. And common to them all is the need to know.

Professionals today need more. More than information, data and news. More than speed. More than mobile access. They need insight, analysis and context. Solutions that simplify, clarify and deliver competitive advantage, providing confidence to act on what they know. And millions of professionals from every part of the global economy rely on Thomson Reuters for what they need to know to understand critical issues, solve tough problems and adapt to dynamic change.

During 2014, the risks of global fraud and rising terrorism; the multi-stage recovery of world markets and the opening up of China; the significant shift in oil prices and increasingly urgent focus on climate change and energy alternatives; and the economic and social impacts of an aging world population and Alzheimer’s disease were just a few of the challenges and opportunities facing our world. It was a year in which knowing more — who, what, why and how — was critical to informed decision making and successful outcomes.

Explore our 2014 Annual Report – Know which includes the Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion and Thomson Reuters Foundation annual reports.

Wait, What? Episode 5: I was going to go out, but I got lazy


In this installment of “Wait, What?” your hosts tackle the question of whether technology makes us lazy or not. They cover everything from grocery delivery services to texting at the dinner table. Jason, Rob and Matt spend quite a bit of time in this episode discussing whether people are productive when they work from home and the effects that “work” phones and tablets have on work/life balance. The talk evolves (or maybe devolves) into a discussion of the person who “invented” the wheel and how that may have affected life at home.

We’d like to keep the show as interactive as possible, so please send in your feedback, thoughts, and show ideas. Also, you can reach the team on Twitter: Matt Angelicola (@MattAngelicola), Joe Harris (@Jwh37), Rob Russell (@batogato) and Jason Thomas (@jasonthomas). We’re also on iTunes – just enter “Legal Current” in the search box.

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Asylum seekers boom – Graphic of the day

An estimated 866,000 asylum-seekers lodged claims in 2014, a 45% rise from the previous year and the highest figure since the start of the war in Bosnia. Wars in Syria and Iraq drove the number of people requesting asylum in industrialized countries to a 22-year high, appealing for Western nations to open their doors to more refugees. Today’s graphic shows the top 20 origin countries for asylum applications and the top 20 countries receiving asylum applications.

Asylum seekers

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