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Financial crisis creating opportunities for providers of scenario risk modeling

The regulatory response to the financial crisis will require banks to undergo a thorough retooling of risk management systems to provide a far more comprehensive range of scenario testing and forecasting capabilities. Vendors looking to provide solutions that meet this demand will find both efficiency and scalability to be important selling points.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jun 2009
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Transport and energy: gloomy announcements raise questions over supposed 'green shoots' of recovery

Declines in the Baltic Dry Index and international air cargo volumes, along with forecasts of weak crude oil demand until 2012, have raised questions over various claims of a quicker-than-expected global economic recovery. Despite the recent rally in the stock market brought on by these claims, these new announcements indicate that a full recovery is still a long way off.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Jul 2009
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UCB: Vimpat's efficacy in epilepsy confirmed, but other indications offer more commercial potential

New pooled data confirm Vimpat's efficacy in the adjunctive treatment of uncontrolled partial-onset seizures in adults. The drug represents a new treatment option for patients with uncontrolled epilepsy, but its inferior efficacy to Keppra is expected to limit its uptake. Nevertheless, future indication expansions in migraine and fibromyalgia may expand Vimpat's commercial potential.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Jul 2009
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CommentWire

Goldman Sachs: commitment to asset management does not herald wider change in sector trends

Goldman Sachs intends not just to hold on to its asset management business, but to actively grow it going forward. Its plans stand in contrast to the global trend of large universal banks exiting, dividing or reducing their asset management businesses. While the argument for retention is not without merit, there is unlikely to be any let-up in the trend away from asset managers any time soon.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Oct 2009
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Heineken: has successfully offset declining sales volumes but must now explore new strategies

An expected drop in revenues for Heineken has been more than canceled out through cost-cutting measures and a shrewd pricing strategy. While beer volumes have suffered during the recession, this can be seen as the continuation of a more established trend. Plant closures have helped Heineken to reduce costs, but future profits will need to be driven by alternative methods.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Oct 2009
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Deal activity in transportation and logistics revives as the global economy recovers

Firms in the transportation and logistics industry indulged in calibrated deal-making during Q3 2009, with strengthening balance sheets remaining a key objective. While the sector has been recovering slowly, it is expected that an improving global economy will soon lead to renewed confidence among its investors, which in turn will cause an upswing in majority acquisitions.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Oct 2009
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Hedging and softening: stage management of the prospects for a Copenhagen agreement

The incoming 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) president and Danish minister for climate and energy, Connie Hedegaard, has be keen to emphasize that the upcoming UN climate change conference absolutely must deliver a politically binding framework that tackles global climate change. However, there is a real possibility that a substantive agreement will not be reached.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Nov 2009
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Maersk Q3 results: shipping lines continue to sail in rough waters

Shipping lines over the past year have experienced a sharp deterioration in revenues because of falling trade volumes, with Maersk expecting to suffer a net loss of $1 billion for 2009. Although the economy started to show signs of revival in the third quarter, the effect is yet to trickle down to the shipping lines and they continue to post subdued results.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Nov 2009
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Cadbury: a British icon is nearly in Kraft's hands

Cadbury's announcement that it has agreed to be taken over by Kraft has been met with public outcry in the UK, as consumers mourn the loss of another British institution to a foreign company. Nevertheless, Kraft must be congratulated for its determination to purchase this lucrative business, with many analysts agreeing that it has got itself a bargain.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jan 2010
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The air freight industry faces immense long-term challenges, despite recent signs of a rebound

The air freight industry experienced its worst year since records began in 2009, with a 10.1% decline overall. There were encouraging signs of recovery in November and December 2009, especially in China, but the challenges for long-term profitability, such as loss of business to other forms of transport, are significant.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Feb 2010

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