Is luxury earnings growth sustainable? – Graphic of the day

In the past quarter, luxury stores reported a slowdown in sales and gave a cautious outlook for 2015. Still, when looking at projections for the current period it is evident that despite the slowdown, a few are still poised for growth – slower, but growth nonetheless.

luxury earnings growth

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Modern slavery UK: The law enforcer

In this short video Detective Inspector Jim Faulkner of the Greater Manchester Police talks about Operation Retriever, dedicated to uncovering and tracking down on human trafficking and modern slavery in Rochdale. The program could provide a template for similar operations around the UK. The Home Office (interior ministry) estimates that there were up to 13,000 victims of slavery in Britain in 2013.

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Trends in deal making – Q1 review

REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Global merger activity is off to the best annual start since 2007 as deal making momentum has carried into this year, powered by strong activity in the telecom, healthcare and real estate sectors and a record start for Asia Pacific M&A. As the bond markets continue to await policy changes from central panks and world stock markets move in and out of record territory, what will 2015 bring for deal makers and investors?

Join us for our compliemntary webcast with experts Matt Toole, Head of Deals Intelligence, and Jeff Goldfarb, US Editor, Reuters Breakingviews, for a closer look at the trends that are driving global deal making this year.

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Churchill behind bars

Pretoria office

Reuters Pretoria Office in 1900

Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister and Second World War leader, died 50 years ago in January. He was 90. Throughout his long life he was to be caught up in war and the threat of war. Late in 1899, when he was 25, he became a prisoner of the Boers. Hostilities in the Boer War (1899-1902) were conducted very differently from the way they were to be some 15 years later. Reuters also saw itself differently. Our archive tells us more…

The two independent Boer republics were situated in the south-eastern part of Africa. War with Britain broke out on October 12, 1899. Churchill became a war correspondent for The Morning Post of London at the high salary of £250 per month. Some weeks later he accompanied a scouting expedition in an armoured train. Film buffs will recall this episode from the film Young Winston. Captured by the Boers, he was imprisoned in a POW camp in Pretoria, capital of the Transvaal (Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek). As a prisoner, he received two telegrams from his American mother, making use of Reuters private telegram service: (more…)

Worst air disasters – Graphic of the day

Investigators are still searching for the reason why a German Airbus crashed into an Alpine mountainside, killing all 150 passengers on board. Today’s graphic shows commercial airline crashes with fatalities over 100 people since 1970.

air disasters

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Time to think about ACA Compliance and your ONESOURCE solution

Bill thinks he has all year to work out his ACA Compliance solution, but it seems he may have come to that conclusion based on many false assumptions. Jill is worrying about ACA Compliance now and she may find that, with the right provider, there is no need to worry at all. Will you have an ACA Success Story ready for January 2016? Learn more about Affordable Care Act compliance with Thomson Reuters ONESOURCE.

Bitcoin, digital and virtual currency: What’s the difference?

By Jenny Q. Ta

From Westlaw Journal Bank & Lender Liability: Jenny Q. Ta, founder and CEO of Sqeeqee, a social networking site that generates income for users, discusses the differences among Bitcoin, digital and virtual currencies, as well as the advantages and disadvantages these new forms of money offer to consumers.

In today’s Internet-driven global economy, an increasing number of types of transactions are moving online, and almost daily more mediums of monetary exchange are being developed to accommodate the upsurge.  From cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin to loyalty and reward points, and numerous other types of digital tender, these nontangible yet valuable electronic currencies are seeing a flood of activity that is contributing significantly to the boom in global e-commerce.

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The most promising drugs of 2015

Drugs to watch

In January 2014, Thomson Reuters Cortellis Competitive Intelligence named three drugs to watch that were expected to enter the market that year and make sales of over $1 billion within five years. All three entered the market as anticipated, and although the Cortellis Consensus sales forecasts have fluctuated over the course of the year, all of the drugs are still forecast to be $1 billion-plus blockbusters.

Compared with 2014, there are more potential blockbusters expected to enter the market this year. The majority of them are forecast to have 2019 sales of between $1 billion and $3 billion, although three drugs are set to exceed this, with the following 2019 sales forecasts: Bristol-Myers Squibb’s (BMS) melanoma drug Opdivo (nivolumab) at $5.684 billion; Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi’s Praluent (alirocumab) for hypercholesterolemia at $4.414 billion; and Novartis’ LCZ-696 (sacubitril and valsartan) for chronic heart failure at $3.731 billion: (more…)

Bots versus humans – Graphic of the day

According to a study by White Ops, a cybersecurity firm, advertisers will lose about $6.3 billion globally in ad fraud by malicious bots this year. Today’s graphic shows how ad fraud works.

ad fraud

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What’s the best way for global banks to manage KYC?

Lee Forsyth, KYC Client Consultant at Thomson Reuters, provides his expert insight on the revolution gripping the industry around KYC services, prescribing essential guidelines for Financial Institutions conducting KYC on their institutional clients.

In this recent white paper Lee examines the costs and benefits of a transformative approach to KYC managed service, available for download from this website. Read more about what every global bank should know about emerging KYC solutions.