Gratitude is contagious: One thousand thank yous

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By Jenna Roman, Internal Communications Specialist, Thomson Reuters

Late last year we took a moment – and a few thousand balloons – to appreciate and thank colleagues who make our day and make Thomson Reuters a rewarding place to work.

This is how our One Thousand Thank Yous campaign got off the ground: (more…)

Growth and investment – the unintended victims of financial crime regulation

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As a global industry, financial services needs to do a better job of opening bank accounts for people, investors and businesses.

It is perhaps the starkest example of the unintended consequences of regulatory reform – certainly the most visible consequence to customers – that it is now so difficult to open the bank accounts which are the first step in international commerce for any growing business. What began as a challenge to money launderers is now posing a palpable threat to the world’s financial centres, and we can do it much better.

This century has seen a welcome international consensus to ensure the proceeds of crime cannot be rendered invisible simply by being transferred across borders. Banks are now the front line of defense against organized crime and it falls to all financial technology providers to support them in stamping out money laundering and criminal financing.

But this is to agree the end and not the means. It is one thing for policymakers to decree that something has to be done; it is quite another for businesses to carry out that decree. (more…)

Comcast’s optimism

Richard Beales talks to Jeffrey Goldfarb about the odds investors are attaching to the ultimate success of Comcast’s $45 bln-plus deal to buy Time Warner Cable. (more…)

Building a great return and a better world with your savings

There is a conventional “wisdom” that investors must tolerate lower returns for investing according to their values. For example, if you want to exclude oil, or tobacco or cluster bombs from your portfolio, you would have to hire somebody at significant expense to identify those suspect companies, and then pay again as those companies you have excluded out-performed during their up-cycles.

Well, the evidence is in after a decade or more of experimentation and peer-reviewed research: values-based investing can produce very competitive performance and long term risk reduction compared with non values-based alternatives. Or as Harvard Business School’s professor Robert Eccles says, “it is in investors own self-interest to pay more attention to so-called ‘sustainability’ issues for producing stable, long-term returns.”

The case for performance

Consider the following evidence on performance, comparing the ESG (environmental, social & governance) returns vs. a non-ESG “benchmark”:

Example 1:  The ESG (orange) line for U.S. equities excluding the 200 fossil fuel companies with highest carbon reserves vs. the S&P 500 (purple) shows no divergence, and at times even a slightly superior performance: (more…)

India’s cotton production – Graphic of the day

India’s cotton production and exports have jumped since the country adopted genetically modified cotton in 2002. Bt cotton, which produces its own pesticide, is the country’s only GM crop and covers 95% of India’s cotton cultivation of 11.6 million hectares (28.7 million acres). Today’s graphic tracks India’s cotton production, exports and price.

India cotton

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Rethinking innovation investment highlights

Following an introduction by our Chief Technology Officer James Powell, guest speaker Michael Schrage, Research Fellow, MIT Sloan School, explains how innovation isn’t just about creating new value, but it is also about measurably transforming customers and clients. Watch the highlights from our most recent TechVision below, read about the event and check out all of the past TechVisions.

Introducing the BoardLink iPhone app

Last week we announced the launch of a new iPhone app for our BoardLink service, a secure board workflow solution designed to further accommodate companies as they operate across borders and have increasingly mobile, global boards.

The BoardLink iPhone app provides boards of directors with access to company and business intelligence information through a secure mobile solution. Directors now are able to respond immediately to urgent action items such as board resolutions, draft documents with a digital signature enabling a digital audit trail, as well as respond to and send secure messages to fellow board members.

BoardlinkAvailable online and offline, the iPhone app is fully compatible with Apple’s iOS 7 and iOS 8 platforms, complementing the already existing iPad app. Documents are encrypted for review online and offline via the app and a calendar enables board members to manage their schedule efficiently through BoardLink.

Our recent board governance survey revealed increased cybersecurity risks to boardroom communications. Over 60% of organizations never or only occasionally encrypt Board communications, and only a quarter indicated they always do so. Cybersecurity information is the least-requested information by the board, with only 32% of boards frequently or very frequently requesting such information. As concerns around data security continue to rise, BoardLink reduces the risk of sending sensitive information over email or other non-secure channels.

Learn more about the evolving role of the global board.

Download the Boardlink iOS app.

 

Location, location, location: Reuters-TIMA Location Services launch

Hear directly from Tim Santhouse, Reuters global head of video products, and Alla Salehian, CEO of TIMA, on how this major global partnership will enable live coverage of the biggest stories breaking across the world.

Reuters-TIMA Location Services is designed to offer location services, including studio facilities and logistical support, to broadcasters and online media outlets.

Reuters and TIMA, a global content service provider, will combine Reuters unparalleled global editorial content, seen by over a billion people every day, with TIMA’s cutting-edge technology and considerable experience of service delivery for the international media industry.

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Snow days – Graphic of the day

Record-breaking winter weather has put much of the U.S. Northeast in a deep freeze this month. Boston broke its own record last week for the snowiest February in the city’s history. Today’s graphic tracks the recent snowfall across the United States.

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Semiconductor companies’ proposed merger sparks lawsuit

From Westlaw Journal Mergers & Acquisitions: A semiconductor manufacturer’s proposed $600 million buyout of Silicon Image Inc. is the result of a flawed sales process “tainted with self-interest,” an investor says in a California state court lawsuit.

Silicon Image shareholder Jeffrey Molland alleges in the suit, filed in the Santa Clara County Superior Court, that Lattice Semiconductor Corp.’s offer of $7.30 per share in cash is too low for a company that is poised for substantial growth in the industry.

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