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The financial industry has been buzzing with news that some financial institutions may ban the use of chat rooms and instant messaging, returning, instead, to voice communications. This follows observations that some of the biggest scandals that emerged from the financial industry in recent years were uncovered through reviews of online chat room histories.
But blaming the tool for the behaviour of those using it will not solve the issue. Chat rooms and instant messaging have become ingrained in how business is conducted across the financial landscape. The activity and behaviour, if not addressed from a cultural perspective, will go back to phone or in person conversations. It would certainly be much better to manage these interactions electronically, where there are audit trails and more controls can be put in place.
So far, the risks have been high for banks. Reports, such as this one from Reuters earlier this month, speculate that financial firms could well end up paying $125 billion globally to clear up misdeeds from the financial crisis. For an overburdened compliance team, the easy solution might be to simply shut things down, but there are ways for institutions to reduce the headaches whilst still meeting the communications needs of a 21st century workforce. (more…)
Will global mergers and acquisitions activity continue to grow in 2014? Will the real estate and financial sectors play lead roles in deal activity? Find out on December 5th as Matthew Toole and Jeffrey Nassof unveil survey results of global corporate development professionals and decision makers.
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Weather is one of the most significant factors affecting Agriculture production around the globe. Weather extremes can have a severe impact on crop yields, and in turn the supply, demand, and pricing for these essential commodities. Having access to reliable weather forecasting and observed conditions data is key to managing the supply chain and reigning in volatility in this important market.
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The BRIC economies outperformed the MIST economies marginally over the least four years, but the gap has narrowed substantially compared to the preceding four years. That outperformance will not be maintained as the coming four years will see the MIST economies take the lead. The MIST economies are wealthier, on average, than their BRIC counterparts, with per capita GDP some 51% higher – mainly thanks to South Korea, the global superstar performer over the last three decades.
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By Jonathan Leff, Editor in Charge, Commodities & Energy
The commodity trading industry is in the midst of unprecedented flux: the U.S. shale oil and gas production boom is upending global energy flows; tough new financial regulations are reshaping the marketplace; banks, merchants and big corporations are competing and collaborating in new and unexpected ways; and just as some owners look to sell their trading desks, new players are jumping at the chance to get a foothold in the raw materials supply chain. In a series of 15 interviews over last week, the Reuters Global Commodities Summit offered a rare glimpse into the strategic plans and tactical positions of the most important traders, merchants, bankers and regulators in the business at a moment of extraordinary change. (more…)
The recent Twitter IPO is causing a tremendous amount of new interest in tech IPOs. Watch this video to see how you can track Twitter’s journey by using Thomson Reuters Eikon and learn what the Reuters journalist who covers Twitter has to say about other possible tech IPOs in the future.
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As China surpasses the US as the world’s biggest net importer of oil, investors are straining to get a clearer picture about what’s happening inside China’s oil trade. Watch this video to learn about two key tools inside Thomson Reuters Eikon to help you get more detailed information about China’s energy sector.
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by Andrew Torchia, Economics Correspondent, Middle East and North Africa
A hoped-for return of political stability could trigger billions of dollars of investment next year in Arab countries hit by the 2011 uprisings, while foreign money is likely to continue flowing into the Gulf as that region becomes increasingly attractive to global portfolio investors, top government officials, regulators and business executives told the Reuters Middle East Investment Summit.
The prime minister of Tunisia, economic policy makers from half a dozen countries, and chief executives of major banks and other companies discussed the future in a series of interviews for text, television and Trading Middle East, a Reuters chatroom for financial professionals. The event took place in 11 Arab cities over the space of a week.
Among the highlights, the Tunisian prime minister discussed economic reform plans and financing needs for next year; the head of Dubai’s Land Department described policies designed to prevent another boom-and-bust cycle in the emirate; the new head of Egypt’s financial regulator talked about efforts to revitalise the capital markets by cutting red tape and permitting new types of financial instruments; and managing director of Saudi Arabian tourism company Al Tayyar Travel Group predicted business growth would accelerate to 25 percent next year, partly thanks to deregulation of the kingdom’s aviation market. (more…)