In times of trouble people still turn to gold. What makes it a safe haven? Largely perceptions, based on its historical mystique.
Even the pros don’t know what’s up.
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A growing number of investors, policymakers and others say the US economy may be at risk of spiraling downward. A finance professor explains how to ride it out.
What if investors could identify risks from companies’ approaches to gender early?
Gender lens analysis identifies risks and opportunities early. It is catching on.
The rise and fall in Bitcoin’s value places it among the greatest market bubbles in history.
Bitcoin's rise and fall to date already makes it one of the greatest market bubbles in history. In turbulent times, some have suggested it as a substitute for gold, but it lacks some vital attributes.
European Commission vice-presidents Valdis Dombrovskis and Jyrki Katainen present new EC initiatives on sustainable finance in 2018.
Once a niche market, sustainable finance is now expanding and accelerating, yet too few universities have committed their finance programmes to these issues. The time has come for change.
The European Investment Bank's funding of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline will harm the climate and makes little financial sense.
Protesters have sought for years to force Exxon Mobil to disclose the risks it faces due to climate change and to do more to minimize them.
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The oil giant is bowing to pressure exerted by shareholders and the authorities as it tries to catch up with its competitors.
The UK is about to miss an opportunity if it tries to take on the giants of the lithium-ion battery industry.
Driven by higher returns on their equity, debt-financed investors are dominating the housing market and shaping its growth.
New research shows the actual returns on equity for housing investors are higher than most people realise. This helps explain why investors are able to out-compete other home buyers.
Many other businesses are already involved in OBOR, albeit with a cautious approach.
Australia has so far declined China’s offer to formally link the Northern Australia project to OBOR. But it risks losing out on trade and investment if the government doesn't take a stronger approach.
Shadow or parallel banking refers to the non-bank financial intermediaries that supply services similar to commercial banks.
Shadow banking provides investors with the means to isolate risks, transfer profits, avoid regulation and increase the range of money-like financial products available for investment.
With a prospective hard Brexit, Australia should prioritise a free trade agreement with the EU over the UK.
Australia High Commission
Analysis shows there's less competition and more cross over in trade between Australia and the EU, making a trade deal more appealing.
The effects of a sovereign credit rating downgrade would be painful for all South Africans.
President-elect Trump’s twitter account has the power to devastate companies’ share prices.
Tweet-shaming from politicians isn't the best way to regulate companies – it hurts investments, shareholders and ultimately the economy.
Pensions and other long-term investments are struggling in this new age of uncertainty.
Glencore is likely to face some tough questions from analysts at its next market update.
Did one negative analyst note on mining giant Glencore really wipe billions off the markets?
Heading for a fall. An investor watches on as Chinese stocks tumbled earlier this month.
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Beijing needs to learn to let go of untameable markets and allow the sector into the 21st century.
Ready to pop?
The ongoing weakness in tech stocks brings with it the inevitable portent that we are witnessing the bursting of a new dot com bubble akin to that of the late nineties and early noughties. Shortly before…
All banking comes with risk, but it could be better disclosed.
What is the interest rate on your savings account? If you don’t know, you can easily find out. Banks advertise their rates prominently. They want you to know what they’re offering. After all, the interest…
Bill David Brooks
Fears over China’s ability to cope with its debt crisis and renewed doubts over recovery in the US have sent investors running back to old faithful: gold. But markets look as if they are favouring tradition…