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Life after the oil crash: John Kemp on why prices are recovering

The oil market is close to rebalancing after a two-year slump in prices. Having identified five causes of the decline in 2015, senior Reuters market analyst John Kemp delivers his outlook for the next two years. These are calmer times for energy markets after the shock of crude oil prices falling

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Photographer: Laszlo Balogh Photographer: Laszlo Balogh

Chinese banks respond to regulatory scrutiny by investing in compliance

Regulatory investigations in the U.S. and Europe are forcing China’s major banks to slow their aggressive expansion into the global financial market and focus instead on significant shortcomings in their risk management and compliance programs. Government Encouragement Leads to Global Expansion The Chinese government began encouraging Chinese companies to invest

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Do giant cargo ships boost trade or hinder importers?

Giant container ships have the potential to boost supply chain efficiency but how practical are these cargo behemoths when many of the world’s ports are too small for them?  At 395 metres long and with a capacity of 19,224 containers (TEUs), MSC Oscar took the crown as the world’s largest

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Photographer: Toby Melville Photographer: Toby Melville

FX in flux: how the market is changing

With the FX market in flux, a global study by Greenwich Associates shows how the pursuit of best execution and pricing is leading FX customers to new systems, platforms and relationships.  Currency volatility, the imminent arrival of new European regulations and a series of market-rigging scandals are hastening a transformation

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Photographer: Jacky Naegelen Photographer: Jacky Naegelen

Survey finds potential personal liability impacting compliance profession

A recent survey shows that increased scrutiny from both the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) — both of whom have declared their intent to hold individuals personally liable for corporate misconduct — has many chief compliance officers (CCOs) reconsidering their chosen profession. As personal

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Precious metals: are ETP investors holding profitable positions?

We review the prices of precious metals exchange-traded products (ETP) over the past 10 to 15 years, in an effort to identify ETP investors holding positions with unrealized losses vs. gains. This article was originally published in Eikon on July 1st 2016. Over the past decade, the physically-backed precious metals

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An employee makes gold studs at a jewellery workshop in Colombo December 2, 2013. Sri Lanka scrapped a 100 percent surcharge on gold imports and cut import duty with immediate effect, officials said on November 29, after measures imposed in mid-2013 to curb purchases of the metal from abroad halted them completely in the third quarter. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte (SRI LANKA - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES) - RTX160TU An employee makes gold studs at a jewellery workshop in Colombo December 2, 2013. Sri Lanka scrapped a 100 percent surcharge on gold imports and cut import duty with immediate effect, officials said on November 29, after measures imposed in mid-2013 to curb purchases of the metal from abroad halted them completely in the third quarter. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte (SRI LANKA - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES) - RTX160TU

How do corporate treasurers view the ever-changing FX market?

Banks and institutional investors are still trying to figure out their roles in FX trading as new rules shape market behaviors and structure. Read the full FX in Flux: View from the Corporate Treasury Desk report The result of the structural changes in the FX market has been reduced liquidity

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Photographer: Beawiharta Photographer: Beawiharta

How to invest responsibly with the best ESG data

With over 1,400 signatories to the UN Principles for Responsible Investing, representing $59 trillion of assets under management (just over half of the world’s institutional assets) there’s never been a greater need for ESG solutions from the investment community. The use of ESG is particularly relevant in Europe as a

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Photographer: Fabrizio Bensch Photographer: Fabrizio Bensch

Is your business prepared for the risks of Brexit?

Are you revisiting your business models in the wake of the vote by the United Kingdom in favor of Brexit? How will you identify new, emerging risks? Whether your business is in manufacturing, financial services, technology, or another industry, your organization will want to review its business models for potential

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Photographer: Eric Vidal Photographer: Eric Vidal