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Wccftech (April 4)

2024/ 04/ 05 by jd in Global News

“Sometimes, going against the herd pays off massively. Case in point: Toyota is thriving right now with its hybrids-first strategy, while its competitors, including Tesla, the erstwhile king of the auto space, continue to contend with a challenging demand environment and shrinking margins.”


Wall Street Journal (December 6)

2023/ 12/ 07 by jd in Global News

“2024 is the year the global spillover implications of China’s slowdown will sink in. Advanced economies will downgrade the importance of market access in China, and Global South nations will be forced to find other engines of development.” This will lead to “a new phase of geopolitical conditions, with the anchor assumption of a rising China and declining U.S. being retired. The implications of this will be far reaching and challenging to forecast.”


Institutional Investor (October 26)

2023/ 10/ 28 by jd in Global News

“Since the inception of Institutional Investor’s Canada Research Team, RBC has captured the No. 1 spot in the ranking of the country’s providers of equity research. Amid a challenging year in the Canadian stock markets, the firm earned 16 total first team positions, while runner-up BMO Capital Markets clocked in with 14. Looking further down the leaderboard, some of the inroads made by bulge-bracket firms in 2021 and 2022 reversed.


Washington Post (April 14)

2023/ 04/ 15 by jd in Global News

“Businesses and consumers have found it more challenging to obtain financing.” Federal Reserve data shows “commercial bank lending fell by over $100 billion in the two weeks ending March 29,” which was “the largest two-week cutback in overall bank lending… in records going back half a century.” The same period also brought “the largest decline in commercial and industrial loans on record. And the largest decline on record in lending to real estate, and the largest decline on record in bank holdings of mortgages.”


BBC (November 3)

2022/ 11/ 04 by jd in Global News

“The Bank of England has warned the UK is facing its longest recession since records began, as it raised interest rates by the most in 33 years,” indicating that “the UK would face a ‘very challenging’ two-year slump with unemployment nearly doubling by 2025.” The BoE’s forecast paints “a picture of a painful economic period, with the UK performing worse than the US and the Eurozone.”


Institutional Investor (August 4)

2022/ 08/ 06 by jd in Global News

“Rampant inflation means the total return that private and community foundations need to break even and pay their beneficiaries is about as high as it’s ever been.” As they face “some of the most challenging mandates they’ve ever encountered,” foundations “will have to make tough decisions about risk and spending to survive.”


The Economist (January 23)

2021/ 01/ 25 by jd in Global News

“Today about a trillion chips are made a year, or 128 for every person on the planet.” With uses burgeoning in applications from EVs to AI, “demand will soar further,” especially as IoT connects machines and other things. In contrast, the industry is experiencing profound consolidation. As chip generations become more challenging and costly, “the number of manufacturers at the industry’s cutting-edge has fallen from over 25 in 2000 to three.” The “grueling 60-year struggle for supremacy is nearing its end.”


Reuters (December 30)

2020/ 12/ 31 by jd in Global News

““China’s gravy train will bypass Wall Street,” where the “easiest money from selling Chinese shares in New York is destined to fade.” Given renewed protectionism, global investment banks will also find it more challenging “to use their international networks to help companies find acquisition targets abroad…. It will be a harder slog for less money as the China gravy train makes fewer stops on Wall Street.”