Articles Posted January 2014

  • liverpool

    Liverpool: Scouse City

    Liverpool is home to Britain’s oldest Black community, dating to the 1730s, and some Black Liverpudlians are able to trace their ancestors in the city back ten generations. Many Chinese immigrants first arrived in Liverpool…

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    Diversifying Investment with Real Estate

    With demand for space – office, retail, residential – on the rise, property is seen as an asset that can round off an investment portfolio. Direct investment options are limited right now with few listed…

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    Investor’s Guide 2014: The Bull Restrained

    “It’s time to shift to equity’, is the overwhelming consensus. The last couple of years have been bruising for equity investors. In the six months to September 2013 corporate earnings fell 9.9% while in the…

  • green

    How green is your office?

    Green building is catching up around the world despite an economic downturn creating long-term business opportunities across the globe. A study this year by McGraw-Hill Construction on global green building investment trends says more than…

  • romania

    The Romanians Are Coming

    By the time you read this hordes of Romanians and Bulgarians will be swarming all over the UK, clogging up the National Health Service (NHS) and defrauding the benefit system. At least, that is what…

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    How wealthy will you be?

    Opening the economy for trade in 1977 was a watershed event in Sri Lankan history. It unleashed an era of growth that laid the foundation for the prosperity that local baby boomers enjoyed, in line…

  • in ban

    Insurance – problems and prospects

    From the first quarter of 2014 insurance companies will be required to provide risk-based capital (RBC) in their quarterly reporting in tandem with the current solvency reporting. Having used fixed capital standards as a primary…

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    Glass – half full or empty?

    Piramal Glass Ceylon, the sole container glass manufacturer in the island, has reported a slowdown in earnings and a drop in domestic volumes. Sales have slowed specially to key local customers in the food and…

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    Gold’s lost lustre takes shine off bank profits

    Falling global gold prices have hit financial institutions with significant portfolios of gold-backed loans, or pawning advances. Rating agencies had warned that the drop in gold prices could be painful for financial institutions like banks…

  • digital-age

    Fearing Digital Empowerment

    The internet is a dichotomy; between anarchy and empowerment. It’s anarchic because there aren’t any laws governing it. Being the world’s largest ungoverned space, the internet is full of online scams, bullying, hate speech and…