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Jan 17, 2020
Nearly half of US and UK companies expect recession this year
US and UK executives are feeling pessimistic about the economic prospects for 2020 after a year of economic turbulence and geopolitical turmoil, according to a new study. About 46 percent of UK firms and 45 percent of US firms expect their economies to slide into recession during 2020, according to trade finance provider Stenn International. In fact, 33 percent of UK businesses and 15 percent of US businesses expect economic contraction of between 1 percent and 3 pe...
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Jan 17, 2020
The week in IR: Trade deals, $1 tn valuations and AI
- The US has signed an initial trade deal with China following two years of economic tussling that saw tariffs placed on goods worth hundreds of billions of dollars, reported the New York Times. The deal aims to open up China to more US companies and provide greater intellectual property protection. China has also said it will spend an addition $200 bn on US goods and services ...
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Jan 10, 2020
The week in investor relations: Investor pressure, reporting practices and cannabis ETFs
– Major institutional investors have called on British executives to buy more shares in their own companies to better align the interests of senior management and shareholders, reported the Financial Times (paywall). The investors, including Aviva Investors and Allianz Global Investors, think better alignment could help reduce corporate scandals. The topic is expected to be a key talki...
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Jan 03, 2020
The week in investor relations: Geopolitical risk, trade wars and arrest warrants
- Oil prices and safe haven assets have jumped in value after the US killed a senior Iranian military officer in Baghdad, reported the Financial Times (paywall). Brent crude and gold climbed on the news, which has severely escalated tensions between the US and Iran. Iran has said it will respond with retaliatory measures.  - US President Donald Trump said he will sign ‘phase on...
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