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Posts written in March 2019

Cannabis market: Aurora Cannabis leading the market

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Quite a few countries before Canada had legalized recreational marijuana use, or enacted laws partially allowing it. However, none of those countries created a legal market for marijuana. For a market to emerge it has to be backed by serious economic and political power; Canada is just such a country. On October 17th 2018 the Canadian parliament approved the Cannabis Act, giving the green light for using and growing marijuana and initiating the process for a market to emerge. The creation of companies specializing in producing marijuana for recreational purposes… Read more

Estonia: Only 1.3m people, but 4 unicorn start-ups

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The former Soviet-controlled nation of Estonia, home to just 1.3m people, is one of the most tech-savvy countries in the world. It holds the world record for the number of startups in the country per capita, has one of the world’s fastest broadband speeds, and its education system teaches every child how to code. It is also leading in the development of online governance infrastructure – participating in elections by internet voting takes just 90 seconds. Its highly flexible, transparent, and hassle-free infrastructure makes it a great place for business… Read more

Argentine agricultural exports: Tax on exports not helping to initiate economic recovery

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Even during numerous economic crises during the early 2000s Argentina routinely registered a trade surplus, but that is no longer the case. To combat biting economic conditions the government has imposed austerity alongside a plethora of policies which include higher taxation on exports. The decision to tax exports at a higher rate to lower the deficit is therefore flawed. Instead of agriculture being helped to improve the economy, higher export taxation makes key Argentine products more expensive in an industry which is notoriously price sensitive. Instead of targeting the agricultural… Read more

Vale disaster: Mining giant will survive, but repercussions will be severe

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The collapse led to the flooding of the town of Brumadinho with 12 million cubic meters of mining waste, wreaking havoc across the landscape. This has not only caused a huge environmental disaster but also led to the deaths of an estimated 169 – a figure which is expected to rise. While Vale is a metal and mining and logistics company, it derives the bulk of its revenue from the ferrous minerals segment, which accounted for 74% of total revenue in FY2017. Vale expects that the anticipated decline in output… Read more

Weight Watchers: A poorly timed rebranding has crushed investor expectations and collapsed the share price

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On February 26th 2019, dieting and weight-loss company Weight Watchers released its annual report for 2018. The share price settled in the week following the announcement, but not before the company suffered the second-largest share price drop in its history, dropping nearly 35% overnight. While the financial performance was remarkable – revenues and operating incomes grew more than $200m and $100m respectively – investors were primarily interested in what is perhaps Weight Watchers’ most important metric: its number of end of period subscribers. Historically Weight Watchers has found subscribers following… Read more

Nigerian e-commerce market will lead economic growth: However companies are struggling in the current market environment

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Nigeria is seen by many investors as a gateway to the African market: the country has the highest GDP in Africa. Investment has enabled the country to develop its digital market; improving internet services and accessibility has created opportunities for digital businesses. E-commerce has become one of the most lucrative online markets in Nigeria; the rate of internet usage and purchases has continuously increased over the years. The rising amount of online retail purchases has resulted in the e-commerce market in Nigeria reaching a value of $13bn within just ten… Read more

Amazon Prime Dominating: revenue streams key to success

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Amazon has become a phenomenon in the retail industry. Through the use of Prime, originally just a subscription to fast delivery at a fixed rate, has become a method to foster customer loyalty in an otherwise ruthless sector. Through continually pushing to add more value towards the mere $119 a year subscription, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has smashed through analysts’ forecasts, reaching an astonishing 100 million subscribers to the service. The two-day delivery feature Amazon has so boasted proudly about for many years now continues to be a… Read more