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The State of the Financial Industry in 2016

February 17, 2016

At present, in February 2016, financial markets the world over are increasingly chaotic. They are either retreating or plunging. The view of many observers is that there is a new gigantic market crash in the not too far future, one that has possibly started now. The main reason for expecting a market crash is simple: […]

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The Rise of the Robots in the Financial Industry

January 15, 2016

In financial markets, automated trading has been around for many years. Software such as the ORC Liquidator allows automated trading engines for derivatives. Trading firms and banks rely on ORC Liquidator and similar software to automate a wide variety of sophisticated trading strategies on trading venues globally. Algorithmic trading is designed to react extremely quickly […]

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Development of Al-Alamein in Egypt

December 10, 2015

“Now this is not the end; it is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” – Winston Churchill, November 1942 Al-Alamein is a town in northern Egypt, located on the Mediterranean Sea 106 kilometres west of Alexandria and 240 kilometres northwest of Cairo.  For most of […]

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Multimodal Transport and Railway Systems – An Overview

August 28, 2015

Dear readers, a few months ago we have started a series of articles about multimodal transport and railway systems with a post about King´s Cross station in London. Since then we have published seven more articles, and today we finish the series with this summary overview. The articles in the series are dedicated to analysing  […]

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Multimodal Transport and Railway Systems – Arlanda Express

August 7, 2015

Arlanda Express is a public-private partnership purpose built rail link between Stockholm Central Station and Arlanda Airport in Sweden. It takes 20 minutes to travel the 39 kilometre line. Plans for an airport rail link from the central business district of Stockholm and the airport was launched in the early 1980s and Arlanda Express was […]

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How Sao Paolo uses Value Capture to Raise Billions for Infrastructure

July 29, 2015

The infrastructure in many cities lags behind the population’s needs. This is a major challenge for city governments in both emerging, high-growth places and industrialised nations with low growth and less public funding to replace aging public spaces and utilities. The on-going rebalancing of global economic power has led to unprecedented investment plans in infrastructure […]

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Multimodal Transport and Railway Systems- Europabanan and Götalandsbanan

July 24, 2015

High Speed Rails in Sweden This article is about two new high speed rail project in Sweden, Europabanan and Götalandsbanan. Sweden is located in northern Europe, and is not just one of Europe’s largest countries measured by size, but also the largest market in the Nordic region. In the region, which in total is made […]

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The Global Minotaur

July 20, 2015

“Had history been democratic in its ways, there would have been no farming and no industrial revolution. Both leaps into the future were occasioned by unbearably painful crises that made most people wish they could recoil into the past.” ― Yanis Varoufakis, The Global Minotaur, 2011 Two weeks ago, on July 6th, the Greek finance […]

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The Future of Financial Services

July 18, 2015

The World Economic Forum have issued a new report on the Future of Financial Services. The report is very well written, and well aligned with projects we have done at Bearing for SWIFT and also new research on fintech clusters. For decades, banks, insurance companies and other asset managers have employed the same relatively static, […]

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Decision on the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI)

July 15, 2015

In November 2014, Jean-Claude Juncker presented an investment plan for Europe, to boost investments by using public funds to gain confidence and investments from private sector investors. The plan aimed to address the dramatic fall in investment affecting Europe since the beginning of the great recession, which has been a significant brake on growth and […]

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Innovative Sustainable Re-development – Hammarby Sjostad

June 26, 2015

For this week´s case study, we will present Hammarby Sjöstad, one of the biggest urban development projects in Stockholm in recent time, located at the perimeter of the inner city. The old harbour and industrial area was aimed to be transformed into a modern neighbourhood, and because of the location the design was kept intentionally […]

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Lars M. Andersson explains Municipal Finance

June 13, 2015

Mr. Andersson has a long record of working with finance in the public sector. After 10 years of experience as the head of finance in two Swedish cities, he initiated the formation of Kommuninvest, the Swedish Local Government Funding Agency, in 1986. Mr. Andersson became the agency’s first president and developed its operations until 2001, […]

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Multimodal Transport and Railway Systems – Denver Union Station

June 12, 2015

This weeks case study is the Denver Union Station, in Colorado, USA, a multimodal transit development located in lower downtown Denver. The article has been developed together with Donna Rubinoff, MD at Sustainability Advisors Ltd. Denver is the capital and the biggest city in Colorado. In mid-20th century the economy in Denver was focused around […]

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Multimodal Transport and Railway Systems – Stockholm Central Station

June 8, 2015

The fifth post in this series will be showing Stockholm Central Station redevelopment, a construction of a new commuter station, which relates to the Citybanan project we presented last week. Stockholm has earned a reputation as a leader in urban sustainability. In 2010, Stockholm was declared the first European Green Capital. The European Commission’s idea […]

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Multimodal Transport and Railway Systems – Citybanan, Stockholm

June 5, 2015

This week, we will be writing about the Citybanan project in Stockholm, Sweden, and it will the first of several posts related to Sweden-based projects. Sweden is known throughout the world as being a global leader of innovation with a highly skilled labour force, and a stable economy. The country’s competitiveness rests on distinct business environment […]

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Multimodal Transport and Railway Systems – Tokyo Station City

May 29, 2015

Our third article in the series of posts on multimodal transport and railway systems will be about Tokyo Station City, the Marunouchi Station and its surrounding area. Served by Shinkansen high-speed rail lines, Tokyo Station is the main intercity rail terminal in Tokyo, next to the Imperial Palace in the centre of the city. In […]

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Private Equity Made Simple

May 27, 2015

This week, the Financial Times published a brief video which explains what private equity is all about. I first learned about private equity in the autumn of 1988, while I was studying the corporate finance course at Stockholm School of Economics. During that autumn, Kohlberg-Kravis-Roberts & Co (KKR) bought the huge conglomerate RJR Nabisco Inc. […]

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How Hedge Funds Make Money

May 26, 2015

Being an avid reader of Financial Times, I like the educational videos they frequently publish. Below is one from today,  about how hedge funds differ from traditional investment funds and how they make money. Hedge funds make use of short-selling, leverage and discretion to magnify their gains, but as the FT’s senior investment columnist John […]

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Europe´s Investment Paradox

May 19, 2015

The Eurozone has recently grown faster than the United States, but despite improved economic conditions there is little sign of companies increasing investment. As investments are necessary in times of fierce globalisation, Europe may fall further behind in competitiveness. In general, as can be seen in the chart below, CFO´s in European companies are optimistic […]

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The Investment Climate in Africa 2015

May 17, 2015

Friday 15/5 I visited the Commercial Bank of Africa headquarter in Nairobi. CBA is the largest privately owned bank in Kenya with assets of approximately US$1.363 billion. I met them to discuss investment opportunities in Kenya and the latest trends in innovation in the financial sector, and how fintech is applied in Africa. It has […]

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