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Is Now Really The Best Time To Invest In Music Royalties?

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21st September 2018

An increasing number of companies are trying to put music royalties on international stock markets—but the benefits aren’t so simple. If you are a diehard music fan—spending $120 a year on a streaming service with access to millions of songs, $100 a year on live shows, or $60 on a single sweatshirt emblazoned with the face of your favorite artist—you are arguably a vanity investor. Your primary motive in shelling out your hard-earned money for Spotify, a Coachella ticket or a Chance the Rapper sweater isn’t to make a profit, but rather to attach your name to a particular brand, scene or aesthetic, regardless of its financial viability.

Carbon Blockchain Technology

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20th September 2018

Poseidon announced the launch of a partnership to create a carbon currency that will revolutionise the way we value nature, using Blockchain technology to access the carbon market. This initiative aims to bring carbon pricing to the mainstream by giving both consumers and incorporates an economically viable, incorruptible, and transparent way of making sustainable transactions and lowering their carbon footprint in real terms.

Blockchain Could Boost Trade Finance by $1 Trillion, WEF Research Says

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19th September 2018

Blockchain technology can help global businesses generate an extra $1 trillion in trade finance, according to World Economic Forum research. Blockchain is able to fill in much of the $1.5 trillion-dollar supply-demand gap in global trade finance by easing financing for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in emerging markets, new research says.

Netflix Looks to Partnerships for Growth; ‘No Plans’ for Live Sport –

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18th September 2018

Netflix will continue to look to new international partnerships for growth but has no plans to pursue live sports broadcasting, Maria Ferreras, the streaming giant’s vice president of business development EMEA, said Friday. Speaking in front of an industry audience at the IBC Conference in Amsterdam in an interview focused on looking at the next chapter in Netflix’s growth story, Ferreras also sought to reassure broadcast partners that Netflix was not intending to discontinue partnerships which see it take global rights outside of a production’s territory of origin. Speaking in front of an industry audience at the IBC Conference in Amsterdam in an interview focused on looking at the next…

Amazon will announce the home of its ‘HQ2’ this year

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17th September 2018

We’ll know where Amazon will build its second major headquarters before the year ends, company chief Jeff Bezos has revealed during a speech in Washington. The e-commerce giant is apparently almost ready to announce its pick from among the 20 candidates it’s considering, and we won’t be welcoming 2019 without knowing which city will share the company with Seattle.

Hopes pinned on City’s fund managers after London loses finance crown

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14th September 2018

Money flowing into the UK funds industry has hit a record high, despite the City of London losing its status as a top financial centre due to Brexit. Hopes are being pinned on Britain’s money managers after a closely-watched study showed that Wall Street had overtaken London as a top financial centre for the first time since 2015 amid Brexit uncertainty.  

‘The world is sleepwalking into a financial crisis’ – Gordon Brown

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13th September 2018

A leaderless world is sleepwalking towards a repeat of its near meltdown in late 2008 and early 2009 because it has failed to remedy the causes of the financial crash of a decade ago, former prime minister Gordon Brown has warned. Britain’s leader during the period when the collapse of the US investment bank Lehman Brothers put every major bank at risk, said that after a decade of stagnation the global economy was now moving into a decade of vulnerability.

Paris overtakes London in the super-rich league as the ‘Macron effect’ lures the wealthy to City of Light

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11th September 2018

Paris has overtaken London for the first time in a global league table of the world’s ultra-rich as pro-business president Emmanuel Macron’s tax breaks and a stronger economy lured them in greater numbers to the French capital. Under Mr Macron’s predecessor, all the talk was of the rich leaving Paris and France to escape Socialist François Hollande’s 75 per cent tax on millionaires, which prompted then Prime Minister David Cameron to pledge to roll out the “red carpet” to high earners.

Diving In Headfirst: The Crypto Industry’s Mixed Experience with Sports

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10th September 2018

As blockchain technology and cryptocurrency continue on their path towards toward mainstream adoption, crypto continues to end up in unexpected places, such as sport. There are a few different ways that these industries are intersecting. There have been an increasing number of partnerships between fintech firms and sports teams–in August, eToro announced that it had formed partnerships with seven Premier League football clubs; FansUnite has also collaborated with Leicester City FC.

The Japanese idea of ‘chowa’ – and how Asia can thrive in the future

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5th September 2018

Chowa – “a spirit of harmonious partnership” – will be key to succeeding as the Fourth Industrial Revolution transforms Asian economies. There is nothing gentle about revolution. It heralds profound and rapid change. That’s exactly what’s coming in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the impact of which will be felt more keenly in South-East Asia than perhaps anywhere else in the world. At a rate of expansion that is difficult to conceptualize, the region’s labour force is forecast to grow by 11,000 workers every day for the next 15 years. This comes at a time when the workplace is undergoing radical change with artificial intelligence (AI), automation and the Internet of Things (IoT) transforming how we do business.