Norway’s Potential Impact on Saudi Aramco’s IPO

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Published: Sat 2nd Dec 2017 Author: Gabriel Goh Read Time: 2 minutes  The Norway Pension Fund (the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund with $1 trillion AUM) recently announced their intention to exit their position in petroleum stocks, to mitigate risk and invest in financial assets abroad. This has parallels with Saudi Arabia’s decision to sell off a stake in Saudi […]

Could Your Future Be FinTech?

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Published: Sat 11th Nov 2017 Author: Niels Turfboer Read Time: 4 minutes  By Niels Turfboer, Managing Director at Spotcap Looking to join an exciting and dynamic industry? FinTech could be right for you.’FinTech’ sits at the intersection of technology and finance. FinTechs use technology to provide innovative user-experiences to consumers and businesses. The industry spans lending, banking, payments and much […]

Global Markets Update – October

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Published: Sun 5th Nov 2017 Author: Lucas Michaelis & Will Buckland Read Time: 11 minutes US EquitiesUS equities performed strongly in October, gaining over 2%. This was helped by strong corporate earnings and the biggest rise in retail sales for over two and a half years, despite the tragic shooting in Las Vegas at the start of the month […]

The Risk of North Korea

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Published: Sun 15th Oct 2017 Author: Joshua Fung Read Time: 3 minutes  On September 3rd 2017, North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test. The resulting earthquake’s shocks were quickly detected in Japan and South Korea, which led to an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council the next day. Many countries including China, Japan, Russia, South Korea and […]

Global Markets Update – September

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Published: Sat 7th Oct 2017 Author: Lucas Michaelis & Will Buckland Read Time: 8 minutes US EquitiesThe S&P 500 performed well in September, gaining 1.73% in the face of natural disasters and geopolitical tensions. After Trump’s announcement at the end of the month, to slash the corporate tax rate to 20%, stocks performed strongly and the dollar strengthened. Surprisingly, the VIX […]

Cashless Consumers

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Published: Sun 10th Sep 2017 Author: Adnaan Ali Read Time: 4 minutes What Is A Cashless Society? For the first time ever, in 2016, the UK saw cashless payments overtake transactions made with cash. The UK had cashless transactions making up 56% of all payments made by consumers in 2016. But what exactly will a cashless society look like? […]

The Importance of a Second Language in Banking

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Published: Wed 23rd Aug 2017 Author: Umar Tariq Read Time: 4 minutes  Given the ever-increasing competition to land a graduate position in banking, standing out from the tens of thousands of applications that banks receive each year has never been so vital. While arranging internships, improving finance and business knowledge and practising psychometric tests day and night are a […]

In Search of Alpha: Quant Investment Strategies

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Published: Mon 31st July 2017 Author: James Puleston Read Time: 8 minutes In Search of Alpha: An Analysis of Quantitative Investment StrategiesThe game of blackjack has been played in casinos for centuries, and until the 1960s seemed to be a game that was impossible to beat. It was not until the advent of scientifically and mathematically sound papers, […]

Ethereum – A Beginners Guide

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Published: Mon 24th July 2017 Author: Umar Tariq Read Time: 10 minutes  What Is Ethereum?Ethereum is an open source platform to build and distribute next-generation decentralised applications. That is, applications that have no middle man where users interact with social and financial systems and gaming interfaces – all in a peer-to-peer fashion. As the Ethereum network is distributed […]