Asset Managers Highlights
Purpose Is Not CSR, It's Just Good Business   
(Wednesday - April 24, 2019)
Source: Forbes - n 2019, it seems as if every corporation has transformed itself into a “purpose-driven company.” Go to any corporate website, and you’ll likely come across a mission statement peppered with phrases like “creating an impact” or...
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Barclays shareholders urged to vote against executive pay over 'inadequate' response to whistleblowing scandal   
(Wednesday - April 24, 2019)
Source: CityAM - Shareholder advisory group ISS criticised the measures taken by the bank following Staley’s attempts to unmask a whistleblower in 2016 and advised shareholders to vote down the remuneration report at the bank’s AGM on 2 May.
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Wall Street soars to all-time closing highs on robust corporate earnings   
(Wednesday - April 24, 2019)
Source: NBC News - Four months after the S&P 500 hit its lowest level since the recession, the benchmark index staged a comeback Tuesday, closing at a record high of 2,933. The Nasdaq Composite Index also hit a record, closing at 8,120, surpassing...
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Understanding The Economy: Where We Are Heading   
(Wednesday - April 24, 2019)
Source: Seeking Alpha - Over the past two months, there has been slight downward pressure to the coincident index, namely from industrial production, but recession risk remains low at the moment.
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The stock market’s progress to a fresh record hinges on a key gauge of economic growth   
(Monday - April 22, 2019)
Source: MarketWatch - A first reading of U.S. economic performance in the first three months of 2019 is set to be released next Friday. First-quarter gross domestic product — the official scorecard of the economy’s health—comes at a sensitive time for...
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U.S. labor market remains tight, economy continues to grow: Fed Beige Book   
(Thursday - April 18, 2019)
Source: Reuters - WASHINGTON - Labor markets remained tight across the United States as businesses struggled to find skilled workers and wages grew modestly, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday in its latest report on the economy.
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Why Ford And Other American Cars Don’t Sell In Japan - video only   
(Wednesday - April 17, 2019)
Source: CNBC/YouTube - Some of the top-selling car brands in the United States are Japanese — Toyota, Honda, and Nissan especially. But the reverse isn't true – General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler combined make up only .3% of the Japanese auto...
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J&J’s first-quarter earnings drop 14% as legal costs soar   
(Wednesday - April 17, 2019)
Source: CNBC - Johnson & Johnson’s mounting legal costs ate into its first-quarter profits, which dropped 14% as it fights thousands of lawsuits over its talc baby powder and shelled out almost $400 million to settle 25,000 cases over its...
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Goldman Sachs Cuts Employee Pay By 20% To Avoid Profit Loss   
(Wednesday - April 17, 2019)
Source: IB Times - The world’s largest investment bank reduced employee compensation and benefits by 20 percent to $3.26 billion, outstripping the decline in companywide revenue. The reduction in pay and benefits comes to $90,780 for each of the...
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HISTORY'S BEST RECESSION PREDICTOR IS FLASHING RED AGAIN   
(Monday - April 15, 2019)
Source: OZY - “The curve has been flattening and sending a warning signal for some time,” says Douglas Peebles, head of fixed income at AllianceBernstein. “I’m a yield curve junkie and I don’t think you can ignore that.”
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