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Global Biopesticides Market – Analysis, Technologies & Forecasts to 2021

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 15 agosto 2017

dublinoDUBLIN /PRNewswire/ Global Biopesticides Market 2017-2021, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.The latest trend gaining momentum in the market is the advances in biopesticide development. It is expected that the advances in the development of biopesticides will be a result of exploiting knowledge related to the genomes of pests and their natural enemies. Molecular-based technologies are used in research to reconstruct the evolution of microbial natural enemies and disrupt the molecular basis for their pathogenicity.
This is done to understand how weeds fight with crops and develop resistance to herbicides and to identify the characteristics of the receptor proteins present in insects for detecting semiochemicals. This information provides greater insights related to ecological interactions between biopesticides and pests, and help in improving the efficacy such as strain improvement of microbial natural enemies. With further improvement in the sequencing of pest genome, techniques such as RNA interference for pest management can be implemented in commercial practice.According to the report, one of the major drivers for this market is the increase in pest activities due to global warming. It is expected that the global temperature will rise by 35.24F-39.2F by the year 2100 because of the increase in greenhouse gases present in the atmosphere. This will affect the productivity and sustainability of agriculture in agroecological zones and also impact the emergence and severity of diseases, which in turn, will affect agricultural crops.Further, the report states that one of the major factors hindering the growth of this market is the lack of profit and risk involved. Most biopesticides have high selectivity levels, for example, baculovirus-based bioinsecticides, namely CpGV, can be applied to either one or few species of insects. This is beneficial as these products have specific targets and do not cause any harm to wildlife or even to other natural pests. However, this factor also suggests that biopesticides are products that serve a niche market with low profit potential.

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Industrial Lighting Market Growing at a CAGR of 7.82% During 2017 to 2023 Says a New Research Report at ReportsnReports

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 15 agosto 2017

PUNE, IndiaPUNE, India/PRNewswire/Industrial lighting market is forecast to reach $13.17 billion by 2023 from $7.59 billion in 2016 at a CAGR of 7.82% during (2017-2023) driven by the increasing modernization and infrastructural development, durability of LED lights for industrial usage, and low energy consumption by LEDs. The LED lighting market is likely to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period. LEDs are one of the types of solid-state lighting technologies, which are increasingly being used in industrial applications, including warehouses and cold storage, factory and production lines, and outer premises. LED lighting has the potential to reduce the amount of energy consumed in lighting applications. Traditionally, incandescent lights were used for general lighting application; however, were extremely inefficient as they produced only 10% light and the remaining 90% of the energy was released in the form of heat. The key players in the industrial lighting market profiled in the report include Philips Lighting Holding B.V. (Netherlands), Hubbell Lighting, Inc. (US), Emerson (US), Legrand (France), Acuity Brands Lighting, Inc. (US), TOYODA GOSEI Co., Ltd (Japan), Cree, Inc. (US), General Electric (US), Osram Licht AG (Germany) and Zumtobel Group (Austria).
The industrial lighting market in RoW will grow at the highest CAGR. On a global level, RoW is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Countries in the RoW region are likely to witness an extensive growth in infrastructural building projects. Therefore, the industrial lighting market in this region is expected to exhibit a high growth.The report studies the industrial lighting market segmented on the basis of light source, offering, installation type, product, and application. It also includes the forecast of the market size, in terms of value, with respect to four main regions – North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), and Rest of the World (RoW). The study identifies and analyzes the market dynamics such as drivers, restraints, opportunities, and industry-specific challenges for the market. It also profiles the key players operating in industrial lighting market as well as describes the overall value chain of the market.
Safety is an important parameter for industrial set-ups such as plants, warehouses, and distribution centers. Hence, industrial lighting plays a key role in maintaining adequate illumination and enhancing productivity. The application areas of industrial lighting included in this study are warehouse and cold storage, factory and production lines, outer premises, parking areas, hazardous locations, and others.In the process of determining and verifying, the market size for several segments and sub segments gathered through secondary research, extensive primary interviews were conducted with key people. In Tier 1 (25%), Tier 2 (35%) and Tier 3 (40%) companies were contacted for primary interviews. The interviews were conducted with various key people such as C-Level (35%), Directors (25%) and others (40%) from various key organizations operating in the industrial lighting market. The primary interviews were conducted worldwide covering regions such as North America (43%), Europe (14%), Asia Pacific (29%), and RoW (14%).

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“Higher Education Learning Analytics Market in the US 2017-2021”

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 13 agosto 2017

new yorkNew York. The higher education learning analytics market in the US to grow at a CAGR of 28.74% during the period 2017-2021. Higher Education Learning Analytics Market in The US -2017-2021, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.
One trend in the market is rise in applications of predictive learning analytics. The field of learning analytics is widening at an exponential rate as providers of learning analytics are exploring ways through which they can further assist institutions while increasing their penetration levels. The users are concerned about tracking current and past developments to address present issues. According to the report, one driver in the market is increased need to develop competitive strategies. Besides providing advantages to teachers, students, and administrators, learning analytics has also proved its importance to other education stakeholders that include curriculum designers, advisors, education policy makers, and school districts. They are entrusted with responsibilities of taking strategic decisions that will impact institutions in short-term and long-term duration. As such, they possess a higher need of such tools that can assist them with actionable intelligence.

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Catella: Sustainability funds gain ground with investors

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 21 luglio 2017

catellaThe new Catella Market Tracker “Sustainability funds in the real-estate industry – focus on Europe” analyzed the market for sustainable real-estate funds: the results indicate a clear focus of investors on Germany, Switzerland and Austria.The process of transformation of the finance industry shaped by sustainable investment aspects is gaining pace. There are two characteristics that define sustainable: an investment approach based on management of finance products, and the property level, i.e. a focus on the lifecycle of the properties in the case of real estate.“At present, the fund volume of all sustainable real-estate funds is approx. EUR 2.73 billion. This seems to be a lot at first glance, but compared to the entire European market of approx. EUR 11.04 trillion, this segment remains a niche category”, says Dr. Thomas Beyerle, Head of Group Research at Catella. “We were able to identify a total of 9 real-estate funds that are managed according to the basic standards of sustainability”, continues Beyerle.It becomes apparent that the European market primarily focuses on the so-called DACH regions (Germany, Austria and Switzerland). Switzerland in particular plays a leading role. “In Switzerland, real-estate funds make up 20% of the sustainable investment market. Germany has a slightly lower share, 17%. In Austria, sustainable real-estate funds currently account for only 1.7%. However, we expect this number to increase in the near future”, state the Catella analysts. By 2018, Catella forecasts a fund volume for sustainable property funds of EUR 3.2 billion.The topic of sustainability has become a firm investment criterion in portfolio management. Sustainable pension and equity products remain the most popular asset classes. However, the market for sustainable real-estate funds is increasing and still has considerable untapped potential.The complete Catella Market Tracker “Sustainability funds in the real-estate industry – focus on Europe” is available at http://www.catella.com/research.

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Catella: European office markets in an upswing

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 23 giugno 2017

catella-arenaThe new Catella Market Indicator, Office Europe 2017, offers an extensive view of the European office markets, looking at economic policy and performance. The future currently looks bright for real estate investors on the continent, primarily due exceptionally positive prospects for the coming years.Office prices continue to rise, resulting in yield compression in this segment. Our assessment of office investment prices includes classic core and core plus as well as, to a lesser extent, value-added properties. This conclusion describes the recent situation based on an analysis of 32 European office locations by Catella.“We expect international investors to focus even more strongly on continental European real estate markets due to the ongoing Brexit process,” says Dr. Thomas Beyerle, Head of Group Research at Catella. “The continued uncertainty during the still-hesitant Brexit is also evidenced by some investors looking around for alternative locations,” Beyerle continues. The analysts are upbeat in their forecasts, but find it necessary to keep an eye on market cycles since economic growth and rising office property prices are positively correlated.Although the office segment will continue to be regarded as the number-one investment vehicle in investment portfolios, the yield compression in existing space and increasing supply shortages are prompting investors to turn their attention to project developments – with a dominant share of office use.Catella’s analysis of 32 office locations in Europe identified these trends in the clear majority of cases. Given that we can identify increasing rents in 19 of 32 locations, the markets are in a very strong position from a purely market perspective. Vacancy rates are continuing to fall and rents are increasing across the board. The highest rents are still paid in London (EUR 111.50/m2) and the lowest in Rotterdam (EUR 16.25/m2). The lowest office yield was registered in Paris (3.0%) and the highest in Finland (Ouloand and Lahti each 7.50% for core properties).For the first time, Germany knocked the UK off its traditional top spot in terms of investment volume in Q1 2017, with France following in third place. The Nordics are performing extraordinarily well at present, particularly Sweden and Finland. In southern Europe, Spain recently recorded its best quarter ever.The complete Catella Market Tracker, Market Indicator Office Europe 2017, is available at catella.com/research.

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Catella: Asset management market in Europe benefits from value-added investors

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 13 giugno 2017

catellaThe new Catella Market Tracker „Strong focus on value-add investments“ shows a considerable interest in “value-add” investments by institutional investors. With major consequences for the value added in downstream asset management markets: for each euro invested, asset management measures worth 20 cents are capitalized.In 2016, properties with a total value of EUR 256 billion changed hands in Europe in the commercial segment (office and retail). Catella Research estimates that around EUR 50 billion of this (20%) is related to value-add properties. “As a basic scenario, we anticipate an average potential for resulting asset management services totaling at EUR 6 billion to EUR 10 billion by 2021” says Dr. Thomas Beyerle, Head of Group Research at Catella. On average, the AM potential thus comes to just under EUR 1.6 billion per year in Europe. “Based on the transaction data, we can see that in a comparison throughout Europe, the highest value-add transaction volume in 2016 was to be found in Germany (25%), the UK (22%) and France (14%)” Beyerle continues.But what comes after the “value-add” investment, do these properties in fact have structurally higher risks in relation to the specific properties, tenants and locations? In this complex risk-adjusted situation, asset management therefore also increasingly requires attention as a value driver, say the analysts of Catella. To put it more simply: for the investor, a value-add classification is associated with more work with the property itself. In the current positive market situation on the European property markets, nevertheless the complex situation represents an opportunity for an increase in value. Stabilizing or increasing the cash flow component is a tactical objective. Strategically, this should certainly be accompanied by an increase in the change-in-value yield at the total return level.Derived from the motives for value-add investments in the last years, profitable elements at property level will anticipate at the current purchase price by rational acting investors. Although general statements can only ever provide an indication and the operational value driver is only to be found at the level of the individual property, Catella assume that for each euro invested, asset management measures worth 20 cents are capitalized in the coming years. Nonetheless, documented expertise in strategic and operational asset management is essential.The complete Catella Market Tracker “Strong focus on value-add investments” is available at http://www.catella.com/research.

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Intersolar Europe: my-PV shows itself to be the market leader for solar powered hot water boilers and establishes sales partnership for the Italian market

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 12 giugno 2017

Neuzeug, AustriaNeuzeug, Austria. At this year’s Intersolar Europe trade fair, the photovoltaic firm my-PV GmbH, based in Neuzeug, Austria, introduced its new sales partner for Italy. ARTHA Consulting will be marketing the innovative manufacturer’s ELWA (ELectric WAter) boilers on the Italian market with immediate effect. “An increasing number of experts recognise us to be the driving force in the area of solar powered water heating and value our technical expertise – and this year’s Intersolar Europe has accentuated this”, says Dr Gerhard Rimpler, managing director of my-PV. The company is already the market leader in the area of providing photovoltaic hot water boilers in Germany and Austria. “We also want to be the leader in Italy in the near future.”The market is large, because although there has not been any increased feed-in remuneration for photovoltaic systems in Italy for some time, 5,000 new house roof plants are still being installed every month. “The my-PV electric hot water boilers are perfect for this”, says Giuseppe Sofia, managing director of ARTHA Consulting. They are an ideal alternative to solar heating plants. “You can not only save energy with these products, but also increase your own consumption. my-PV is currently one of the most highly regarded firms in this area.” Sofia will initially market my-PV´s products through wholesalers in Italy. In the next phase he will realise larger projects for storing hot water – for example in sport centres and the food industry.In addition to the new sales partner for Italy, my-PV also introduced the new online portal http://www.my-pv.live at Intersolar Europe in Munich, as well as the AC ELWA-E Multi functionality, with which multiple hot water appliances can be installed in one system.The announcement about the AC voltage regulator AC•THOR with a drumroll at the exhibition stand also attracted a great deal of interest. “Numerous visitors to the trade fair made a note of the date for the product presentation on 30 November. The appliance is a milestone in the maximisation of own consumption”, says Rimpler.

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Catella: Budget and luxury hotels expected to give highest returns and best prospects

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 18 maggio 2017

catella10The new Catella Market Tracker, The European Hotel Market, shows a clear shift in the structure of hotels in recent years – the budget and luxury segments are the two winners from this development. In 2016, approximately EUR 17.8 billion was invested in the hotel asset class, and growth is expected in almost all European countries, especially Spain, Germany, Austria, Ireland and Sweden.The increasing connection of destinations through transport links, the global emergence of an Asian middle class with a high willingness to spend, and changed social preferences in terms of exotic locations, length of holidays, entertainment and individualisation all illustrate the strong attraction of the tourism sector.In this structurally growing market, the established hotel asset class is a key element of portfolio diversification, putting it increasingly at the focus of investor attention. Germany is the most popular European investment location for hotel properties, with a transaction volume of EUR 4.4 billion last year, followed by the UK. Of the European transaction volume in 2016 of EUR 17.8 billion, EUR 10.6 billion was invested in single-asset deals.“However, we assume the transaction volume for specific countries is likely to be well above this, due to the substantial systemic lack of market transparency due to single deals,” says Dr. Thomas Beyerle, Head of Group Research at Catella, explaining the challenges of the semi-transparent market.“No uniform certification system exists for European hotels, which complicates comparisons between countries. Secondly, some of the new providers avoid classification, claiming “We are the benchmark, including a cool brand,” continues Beyerle.Also, for better or worse, online travel agencies (OTAs), complemented by metasearch engines, determine occupancy rates, or rather economic success. Nevertheless, Catella still sees no really disruptive threat to the European hotel market from sharing portals.
In general, it can be noted that positive growth will be generated in nearly all countries, with Spain, Germany, Austria, Ireland and Sweden set to benefit most. Budget and luxury hotels will be the most investor-friendly hotel types, with the highest returns and best prospects.The complete Catella Market Tracker, The European Hotel Market, is now available at catella.com/research.

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Women with low skills have fewer opportunities in the EU labour market

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 maggio 2017

europeToday’s job market is constantly increasing requirements on competencies across all sectors. This poses a major challenge for the 64 million women and men with low levels of education in Member States. They are more often unemployed or completely out of the labour market, compared to people with middle and high levels of education. Women with low qualifications find it especially hard to access jobs with decent pay. Only 42 % of low qualified women are employed and almost half of these work in a precarious job. These are some of the findings from a new study on gender, skills and precarious work from the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) out today.
“European labour market forecasts show the biggest future demand is for high-skilled jobs in the male-dominated areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). These job opportunities are not available for people with low levels of education and women in particular, are missing out. That is why equal access to affordable and good quality training is so important to provide new skills needed for the jobs of the future,” said Virginija Langbakk, EIGE’s director.
Over 6 million women and 2 million men without upper secondary education across the EU have never been employed. 14 % of women and 5 % of men with low qualifications have been out of the labour market for 10 years or more. As a result of the financial crisis, long-term and youth unemployment, pose serious challenges for the EU in achieving the EU2020 employment targets
“Low qualifications put people at a higher risk of precarious employment, which means very low pay, few working hours and insufficient job security. Almost half of women with low qualifications (45%) work in a precarious job compared to just over a quarter of men with the same level of education (26%). EIGE found that women in general are more likely to work in these types of jobs than men, regardless of their level of education. More than a quarter of women employees in the EU have precarious work,” said Virginija Langbakk, EIGE’s director.
The recently communicated European Pillar of Social Rights aims to improve the working and living conditions of citizens. It stresses the need for equal access to quality and inclusive education, training and life-long learning. Upskilling can unlock untapped potential in the EU, especially when it comes to women’s participation in the workforce. Opportunities for upscaling skills must go together with fair working conditions that improve the quality of work for all.
The research note ‘Gender, skills and precarious work in the EU’ was prepared at the request of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU (2017). The findings have informed Council Conclusions on enhancing the skills of women and men in the EU labour market.

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Ease access to labour market for asylum-seekers to boost integration, MEPs say

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 26 aprile 2017

european parliamentAsylum seekers should be able to work in the EU no later than two months after applying for asylum, instead of the current nine months, said Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Tuesday.But for reasons of labour market policies, and especially regarding youth unemployment levels, member states may verify whether a vacancy could be filled through preferential access by their nationals, other EU citizens or by third-country nationals lawfully residing in the country, they added.To improve their integration prospects and self-sufficiency, applicants for international protection should also get access to language courses from the moment their application is filed, say MEPs.In amending the directive on reception conditions for asylum-seekers, MEPs aim to ensure equal and high reception standards in all member states, which should contribute to a more dignified treatment and fairer distribution of applicants across the Union.
Detention of asylum-seekers should be a measure of last resort and should always be based on a decision by a judicial authority, MEPs say. Detention or any confinement of children, whether unaccompanied or within families, should be prohibited, they add.
Member states must ensure that every unaccompanied minor gets a guardian from the moment of their arrival in the EU, as well as immediate access to health care and education under the same conditions as national minors, conclude MEPs.Parliament´s rapporteur for the proposal, Sophia In ‘t Veld (ALDE, NL), said: “Today we show that the European Parliament can agree sustainable and progressive solutions.On one element, we all agreed immediately: children should not be detained on any condition. I am pleased that this Parliament is willing to stand up for better protection of child asylum seekers. Detention is never in the best interests of a child.Newcomers in Europe need support to be able to learn the language immediately so they can start to integrate right away. It is in everyone’s interest that they participate as soon as possible in the host society and language is the starting point.”
The committee approved its changes to the draft legislation by 42 votes to nine, with three abstentions. MEPs also backed the opening of inter-institutional negotiations and the composition of the negotiating team. This decision needs to be endorsed by Parliament as a whole before beginning talks with the Council and the Commission on the final form of the text.

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London property – getting on the ladder

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 26 marzo 2017

london propertyOver several decades, London has established itself firmly as a global city to rival any other. Reflecting this, London property has also become one of the go to places for investors from across the world. 2016 alone saw £4.6 billion worth of investment from Asia into the London property market according to Savills1, while Q3 2016 saw £685 million worth of investment from the US2.Alongside investment in commercial property, interest in residential London property has also spiked across the globe. Fitzrovia, Belgravia, Mayfair – the names of these neighbourhoods are synonymous with elegance and class globally, and they are neighbourhoods where pockets are deep. Interest in being part of the luxury London brand has contributed to substantial growth in London property prices over the long-term, with the latest data showing 7.5% growth in the year to December 20173.While this investment is great for the city, and is actively changing the face of London with destinations on what were once the peripheries such as Canary Wharf and the Greenwich Peninsula becoming ever more important, it also means the market has become increasingly competitive.Whether investing in London to generate income, or simply to own and inhabit your own slice of the city, competing with investors in what has become a global market place can be challenging. As many of those new to the market have found, often a property has already sold by the time it appears in the estate agents window.
Once an investor has found the right property in the right location and at the right budget, a second challenge is to ensure the property is as good on the inside as it looks on the outside.Arriving in London from certain directions could leave you with the impression that you’re entering a hypermodern city – full of glass towers and new build apartments. While this is true to an extent, what also makes London great are the countless historical buildings and neighbourhoods that give the city such character.
Buying these properties and in these neighbourhoods can deliver an investor a property full of style and historical features, but it also means detailed surveys will need to be undertaken. Historical buildings bring with them their own unique challenges. Listed buildings for example, may bring with them certain obligations to maintain the property to certain standards, or within certain parameters. Further to this, investors will need to consider any local planning restrictions or listings which may impact future plans for the property.On the other side of the equation, investors should also remember that London is an incredibly dynamic and fluid city, with a skyline that is constantly growing. Investors need to consider the impact of potential future developments upon their property. Will the view of the river that can be enjoyed today, be a view of the back of another tower tomorrow? While it’s hard to keep track, recent reports suggest in excess of 400 skyscrapers are currently being planned across London4. Investors need to find out how many, if any, of these will be being constructed in their neighbourhood and consider how comfortable they are with that.
The Buying Agents, based in London, is an award winning property search and acquisition company covering London, the UK and popular destinations in Europe. It provides a personal one to one service to home buyers and investors, active in the prime property market for nearly 15 years with a focus on London but also covering other exclusive parts of the UK, France and Monaco. With a wide range of properties available (which you won’t find in the estate agent windows), The Buying Agents offers a full, bespoke service, taking investors from initial searches, to managing the move, exchanging contracts and opening the door to London property. (photo: london property)

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How the markets may take investors by surprise

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 3 gennaio 2017

market.jpgSo it is not too difficult to see how the first surprise might play out. Expectations for the effectiveness of Mr Trump’s fiscal policies are extraordinarily high. But it takes time for such policies to be implemented, and they may be diluted by Congress along the way (especially on public spending). Indeed, it may well be that demography and sluggish productivity make it very hard to push economic growth up to the 3-4% hoped for by the new administration. Neither fiscal nor monetary stimulus has done much to lift Japan out of its torpor, after all. American profits, which were falling in early 2016, seem certain to rebound, particularly if the new administration pushes through corporate-tax cuts. But with the market priced on a cyclically adjusted price-earnings ratio of 28.3, according to Robert Shiller of Yale, a lot of good news is priced in. The ratio, which averages profits over the past ten years, is 70% above its long-term average.Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve is pencilling in three rate increases in 2017, something that will probably push the greenback higher (and reduce the dollar value of foreign profits for American multinationals). So the surprise might be that Wall Street will not be that great a performer in 2017.By extension, the second surprise may be that government bonds do not do that badly. The yield on ten-year Treasury bonds is already approaching the top of the 1.5%-3% range in which it has been trading in recent years. Private-sector borrowing costs, including corporate bonds and fixed-rate mortgages, tend to move in line with Treasury yields. Increased borrowing costs would have an adverse effect on economic activity. As a result, sharp rises in bond yields are often self-correcting, since weaker economic data tend to drive yields back down.The third potential surprise of the year might be a dog that doesn’t bark. The biggest worry of the fund managers polled by BAML is that of EU disintegration. As a result they have a lower-than-normal holding in European shares. But the EU might get through the year unscathed if Marine Le Pen is defeated in France’s presidential vote and Angela Merkel is re-elected in Germany. Populism does not win every time, as the recent Austrian presidential poll demonstrated. Indeed, the euro-zone economies could grow at a respectable 1.6% next year, the OECD forecasts. The continent might even seem a safe haven, given events elsewhere.Another potential surprise in 2017 could come from a big market disruption. There have been a few of these events in the past—from flash crashes to sudden leaps in bond yields. They seem to be the result of computer programs that trigger sales when specific price points are reached and a retreat by banks from trading, which has made markets less liquid. The trillions that flow through financial markets every day are also a tempting target for cyberwarfare and cybercrime. The big story of 2017 could be an inexplicable (if temporary) crash in a vulnerable market, such as high-yielding corporate bonds.The final surprise may be served up by that most enigmatic of metals—gold. Working out a target price for gold is a mug’s game. You can understand why investors bought gold when central banks started expanding their balance-sheets after 2008. But it is harder to explain why the price more than doubled in less than three years before falling back since 2011.As investors’ inflation expectations have risen since the American elections, gold might have been expected to rally. Instead, it has fallen sharply—perhaps because investors see the metal as an inferior alternative to the surging dollar. But gold is not just a hedge against inflation, it is also sought out in periods of political risk. And with the Trump administration apparently poised to pursue a more aggressive approach towards China and Iran, it is hard to believe that gold won’t find a few moments to shine in 2017. font: Economist.com/blogs/buttonwood

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Today the new Catella Market Tracker was launched

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 4 novembre 2016

Thomas BeyerleThe market tracker includes a new valuation and risk model that has been developed by Catella Research. The conclusion is that Catella expects that Marseilles, Birmingham, Helsinki, Prague and Glasgow will offer real estate investors the greatest yield potential in the coming five years. “Our conclusion is that the real estate sector’s professionals should look for new ways to assess risks. In this current positive market environment investors should be more focused on the so called fat tail events, e.g. the very unlikely events, in their risk management”, says Dr Thomas Beyerle, Head of Group Research at Catella. Using the new form of assessing risk described in the latest Market tracker, Catella concludes that the following cities will have the greatest potential in terms of average overall yields in the 2016–2020 period: Marseilles (5.3 %), Birmingham (5.2 %), Helsinki (5.2 %), Prague (5.1 %) and Glasgow (4.9 %) Within this group of exceptional performers, Helsinki stands out even more as it displays the best yield-risk profile. Among German cities, Cologne, Munich and Hamburg will generate yields of 3.2 % on average in the coming years. In contrast, the following cities are expected to generate particularly low total returns from commercial property: Warsaw (1.3 %), Dublin (2.0 %), Lisbon (2.3 %), Milan (2.4 %) and Barcelona (2.4 %). (photo: )

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Frankfurt Agreement, October 2016: Further strengthens global trade, broadens market access

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 18 ottobre 2016

Geneva, SwitzerlandGeneva, Switzerland; Brussels, Belgium. Friday, during the annual IEC General Meeting in Frankfurt, the IEC, which publishes the large majority of International Standards for electrical and electronic devices and systems, and CENELEC, its counterpart at the European level, have signed an agreement that will increase the harmonization between International and European standards. This agreement will benefit the European electrical and electronic industry, which will find it easier to export to markets around the world, many of which rely on IEC International Standards, as well as manufacturers from other countries who will be able to export assemblies and products more easily into the European market.Today, electrical and electronic devices are the largest category of goods traded in the world. In 2015, they represented 17.7% of total trade value, according to UN Com trade statistics. This is without counting goods such as lighting, photographic devices, aircraft and trains, which are not included in these numbers.Dr Junji Nomura, IEC President, and Dr Bernhard Thies, President of CENELEC, sign the Frankfurt Agreement, October 2016 at the IEC 80th General Meeting
Europe is an important consumer of electrical and electronic devices and systems and is host to thousands of small, medium and large companies active in this field. Many of them want to sell beyond national and European borders.Around 80% of all European electrotechnical standards are identical to or based on IEC International Standards.This level was achieved through the Dresden Agreement which was signed in 1996 between both organizations. However, a lot has changed since then – global trade in electrical and electronic devices has accelerated and differences between products have become a lot smaller.The new Frankfurt Agreement takes these changes into account, and aims to bring the ratio of harmonization between International and European standards up to an even higher level. Says Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary & CEO: “Most countries in the world accept products that are built to IEC International Standards. This harmonization facilitates global trade and it allows developed and developing countries to compete on an equal footing, levelling the playing field. This agreement, with CENELEC, an important IEC partner, will further boost the efficiency of both organizations, making best use of resources and ultimately help make the world a safer place.”Says Bernhard Thies, President of CENELEC: “An electron is an electron, in Europe, Asia, the US or Africa. There is really no good reason to have a different standard from one region to the next. Differences waste time and money and make it more difficult for European manufacturers to export and compete globally. This agreement is an important path forward in harmonizing European standards with the world and increasing European industry competitiveness on the global market.” Under the Frankfurt Agreement, the primacy of electrotechnical standardization at the international level in the IEC will be reinforced. This avoids duplication of efforts and helps make best use of European and IEC experts. (photo: cenelec)

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Zero emission vehicles need to take over car market to reach 1.5˚C limit: analysis

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 settembre 2016

Paris-antenne-vue-eiffel-tourZero-emission vehicles need to reach a dominant market share by around 2035 for the world to meet the Paris Agreement’s lower warming limit of 1.5˚C—and even that could be too late to avoid the need for significant negative emissions, according to new analysis by the Climate Action Tracker (CAT).This transformation of the passenger transport sector would also have to be accompanied by a decarbonisation of the power sector to ensure the electric vehicles (EV) are truly emissions free.In the first of its decarbonisation series, the CAT analysis looks at transport, a sector that is key to achieving the deep cuts in emissions required by the Paris Agreement. (Download briefing here)In this series the CAT will examine specific energy-intensive sectors, and how emissions can be reduced to be in line with the Paris Agreement’s long term warming limits, namely, to keep global temperature rise “well below” 2˚C, and to “pursue efforts” to limit warming to 1.5˚C.
The CAT’s latest analysis shows that if governments were to double fuel economy standards in new passenger cars by 2030, and achieve a 50% EV uptake by 2050, then most get close to—or even reach—a 2˚C warming pathway. But a 1.5˚C pathway requires more action.
“Emissions standards only get the transport fleet to a certain point—it is clear that in order to get to the Paris Agreement’s lower temperature goal of 1.5˚C, the world needs to make a paradigm shift to zero emissions vehicles,” said Markus Hagemann of NewClimate Institute.“Attention must also be paid to the recent discovery that some car manufacturers have been deliberately manipulating emissions tests,” he noted.“Perhaps a positive outcome of this scandal is that it has brought to light major shortcomings in the emissions tests themselves, sparking a move towards more realistic tests, hopefully leading to smaller discrepancies between laboratory and road emissions intensities.”“Aside from much-needed shifts in transport behaviour, for the transport sector to decarbonise there is no choice but to adopt zero-emission vehicles. For electric vehicles this would mean that they also need to be powered by renewable electricity,” said Yvonne Deng of Ecofys.To avoid exceeding a 1.5°C warming trajectory, zero global aggregate emissions would need to be reached around the middle of the century, implying that the last fossil gasoline or diesel-powered passenger vehicle would have to be sold around 2035 (assuming a new car would be on the road for an average of 15 years).“Even a date of 2035 or so for the last new fossil-fuel powered passenger car could be late: the earlier we decarbonise the transport system, the less we will need to rely on negative emissions that largely require technologies still awaiting large-scale deployment,” said Michiel Schaeffer of Climate Analytics.The analysis looks at two scenarios comparing a range of big emitters: the EU, China, US, Japan, India, Mexico and Brazil. Scenario 1 would see a doubling of new car fuel economy standards by 2030, and Scenario 2 a doubling of new car fuel economy standards by 2030, plus 50% (zero emission) EV’s by 2050.
In the EU and the USA, the increased deployment of EVs would keep overall emissions on a downward trend in line with a 2°C pathway.
In India, the projected rise in vehicle numbers (activity) is so high that absolute emissions from passenger cars would keep rising even under Scenario 2. However, this would still be in line with the IEA’s 2°C pathway for India, which foresees a similar rise in emissions, reflecting this strong expected growth.
The situation in China, Brazil and Mexico lies between these two cases, with emissions under Scenario 2 stabilising as the effects of increased activity and reduced intensity approximately balance out. The resulting decreasing emissions trend is just enough to comply with a 2°C pathway.Overall emissions are expected to decrease most strongly in Japan (in both scenarios), partly due to declining activity levels.

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nanoFlowcell Plans Stock Market Flotation

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 luglio 2016

QUANTiNOLondon/Stans. As part of a corporate restructuring process, the former nanoFlowcell AG based in Lichtenstein has been given the addendum IP (Intellectual Property) and moved as nanoFlowcell IP AG to Stans in Switzerland, where all of the company’s patent, trade mark and property rights are now grouped. In parallel, a new administrative holding company, nanoFlowcell Holdings Ltd, has been founded in London/GB. This will be responsible for all business transactions going forward.The restructuring has established a solid and clearly ordered basis for the company’s future development, aimed at strengthening the position of the firm within an challenging competitive environment. The choice of London was an obvious one for the company’s future orientation. Following intensive and successful discussions with investors conducted over recent months, nanoFlowcell Holdings Ltd is considering stock market flotation as a possible option for further corporate development. The consideration of a stock market flotation is explained as follows by Nunzio La Vecchia, Member of the Administrative Board and Chief Technology Officer of nanoFlowcell Holdings Ltd: “We stand at the beginning of a technological revolution. We have been extremely successful in proving the feasibility of nanoFlowcell technology as THE most forward-looking energy-storage solution for electric drives. With a stock market listing, we would raise awareness for nanoFlowcell technology and offer our employees, business partners and interested investors a fascinating opportunity to share in the success of one of the most promising and versatile technologies of our time. The flotation is less about accessing new financial resources – which are not strictly necessary for our continued growth – and far more about securing our corporate independence in respect of how we research, develop and market nanoFlowcell technology.” The company will communicate further details on a possible stock market flotation over the course of the year.
On the current development status of nanoFlowcell technology and its imminent marketing, La Vecchia adds: “nanoFlowcell technology is market ready and we intend to bring this truly unique energy-storage solution to market shortly as a licensing product. We anticipate an enormous market, because forecasts predict that 2.7 billion cars will be on our roads worldwide by 2050 – more than double the present number. If all of these vehicles were to run on nanoFlowcell technology by then, it would reduce annual CO2 emissions by around eight billion tonnes and costs per vehicle by up to 40 percent. And this only covers the automotive industry. Our flow-cell based nanoFlowcell technology can be used anywhere electric drives and electric systems consume energy – in aircrafts, ships, and railways as well as an energy source for stationary applications such as emergency energy systems for critical applications. nanoFlowcell is 100 percent environmentally compatible and sustainable. I am certain our technology will change the world.”
nanoFlowcell® is the product brand used by nanoFlowcell Holdings Ltd for its proprietary flow-cell based energy-storage technology. Similar to a combination of battery and fuel cell, all that nanoFlowcell requires for energy storage and conversion is a non-toxic, non-flammable and environmentally friendly electrolyte liquid called bi-ION developed by nanoFlowcell Research SA. The manufacturing costs for the bi-ION electrolyte liquid on an industrial scale are estimated at considerably less than ten cents per litre. The distribution and sale of the electrolyte liquid does not present a problem, as it is not subject to any onerous environmental obligations and could be handled via existing refuelling infrastructures.
nanoFlowcell Production GmbH develops prototypes of high-voltage and low-voltage electric vehicles under the QUANT brand for the purposes of testing the new nanoFlowcell technology. nanoFlowcell Holdings Ltd demonstrated the potential of an electric vehicle powered by nanoFlowcell with its QUANTiNO technology showcase – a road-legal mid-sized sports car that runs entirely on electricity. In an initial endurance test, the QUANTiNO drove 14 hours non-stop without refuelling – something previously impossible for electric vehicles. Expressed in hard numbers, the QUANTiNO achieves a range upward of 1,000 kilometres, with a top speed of 200 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in less than five seconds.
In short, QUANT powered by nanoFlowcell stands for production-ready, environmentally friendly electric mobility without compromises in comfort, performance or cost. (photo: QUANTiNO)

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Access to social benefits for EU mobile citizens: “tourism” or myth?

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 luglio 2016

europa comunitaria2The free movement of people within the EU is one of the key pillars of the European single market. Despite intra-European mobility remains a limited phenomenon, a fierce debate has emerged in many host Member States with regard to the impact of “mobile EU citizens” on national welfare states. This is partly due to the sharp increase in mobility within the EU since 2004, together with the fact that mobile citizens enjoy access – under certain conditions – to social benefits in the host country. Against a backdrop in which there are major differences between national welfare systems (with some based on non-contributory assistance benefits rather than on insurance-based contributory benefits), many voices are raised to denounce possible “benefit tourism” or “welfare tourism” within the EU.The aim of this policy paper by Sofia Fernandes, senior research fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute, is to shed some light on this complex debate on mobile EU citizens’ access to benefits.
1. The first section focuses on the scope of intra-European mobility, the profile of mobile EU citizens and their burden on host countries’ welfare system.
2. The second section presents an overview of the EU’s legal framework with regard to mobile citizens’ access to benefits by identifying the provisions concerning workers, economically inactive citizens and first-time jobseekers.
3. The third section highlights both the responsibility of Member States in the organisation of their welfare system and the recently adopted reforms which limit EU citizens’ access to benefits as well as the modifications foreseen in the EU-UK deal to the relevant European legislation.
4. Lastly, the fourth section presents the challenges to be met and the outlook for the future.(photo: citizens)

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WeMarket Launches Global B2B Marketplace

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 12 aprile 2016

Today, WeMarket launches the first business-to-business only marketplace, allowing buyers and suppliers to trade with new business partners all over the world in a personal, safe and transparent online environment.WeMarket, from the founder of easy file-transfer service WeTransfer, enables companies of all product categories to trade globally on one platform and explore areas of business that would otherwise have remained uncharted. More than 30 industries are already trading on WeMarket, after joining the marketplace during the beta phase that started in the summer of 2015. Product placements are rapidly growing, varying from wine to consumer electronics and refined oil to fashion apparel. Currently, products on the marketplace include brands such as Nike, Samsung, Castrol, Riverdale Mills Corporation, Volkswagen and Dom Perignon. Online trade is expected to gain 27 percent of total B2B trade by 2020 at a calculated value of $6.7 trillion. Buyers and suppliers all over the world are looking for ways to utilize the digital market’s potential, and WeMarket has filled that need.“Small and large companies are tired of missing out on billions of dollars in trade opportunities currently hibernating in non-transparency and old-fashioned tradesmanship. WeMarket promises to make an end to this status quo, by enabling international trade for a variety of companies – from large to small brands, retailers, distributors and many more. It’s 2016! Connecting is easy and instant now. WeMarket’s online marketplace empowers companies to get in touch quickly and overcome boundaries. This will stimulate global trade,” said Patrick Steenkist, CEO of WeMarket.
WeMarket gives companies new opportunities to grow trusted relationships in the market through WeMarket Karma, a cutting-edge reliability rating, which metrics include credit scores, business profiles and user ratings. WeMarket Karma will also include a buyer and supplier’s impact and actual trade behavior, such as timely delivery and payment. WeMarket Insights consists of a personalized dashboard that provides real-time updates of the products that are in stock or demand. WeMarket also provides companies with a segmented targeting feature that allows companies to market their products by country, industry and product category.“Growing your business by taking a chance on new opportunities is appealing. However, it’s often time-consuming, since trusted relationships aren’t built in a day, right? Well, we believe they can be built in a split second,” said Gijs van den Broek, CCO of WeMarket. “It’s about giving back. We use the vast amount of trading data generated by our users to equip them with the tools to seize opportunities they would otherwise have missed.” Feedback and new insights from companies that are using WeMarket since the beta phase have been incorporated to create an improved and strengthened marketplace. WeMarket’s user-orientated marketplace is intuitive, inventory files can be uploaded for easy product placement and the integration with service partners such as UPS, Dun & Bradstreet, SGS and American Express has been taken to the next level. These features make B2B trade more streamlined and eliminates hassle. Companies can sign up for free unlimited trading, as WeMarket employs a Freemium model with paid premium features in the future.

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Expert comment on Volkswagen losing market share in Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 16 dicembre 2015

Expert comment on Volkswagen losing market share in Europe Sebastiaan Van Doorn, of Warwick Business School, is an Assistant Professor of Enterprise and has researched the management structure at Volkswagen.Dr Sebastiaan Van Doorn said: “As expected Volkswagen’s market share has declined, but only marginally considering the extent of the scandal and the associated media coverage. While Volkswagen retains its strong position in the European market it will be interesting to see how its US market share is affected at the end of the year. While Volkswagen historically can rely on a large loyal customer base in the EU, these ties are much less established in the US.”At the same time, car makers in the European market continue to find themselves in a whirlwind of ambiguous regulations for years to come as the EU Parliament has just rejected the plea of the car makers to relax emission standards for diesel cars up to 2020. This institutional uncertainty presents all car makers focusing on the European market with much larger problems than those associated with the current marginal slumps in sales figures.”While it is commendable that the EU is making a calculated attempt to come to a fairer representation of emissions, through the new testing system announced for 2017. These efforts can only be welcomed if accompanied by clear guidelines that allow car makers to plan ahead with the development of new models and the associated R&D expenditures.”

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Catella predicts paradigm shift in the European market for office space – less room, more innovation

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 4 novembre 2015

François Brisset, CatellaOver the past 15 years, changes in office space in Europe have pointed in one direction only: up. Availability, demand and the number of people working in offices all saw constant growth – but so did the levels of unoccupied floor space. Behavioural changes have generated less demand from companies for office use, and as a result employees will have smaller workspaces in the future. In its latest Market Tracker, Catella Research has examined the development of 14 European office markets over the past 15 years. Since 2000, office building stocks have grown by 26.3 %, the demand for office space by 17.9% and the number of office workers by 19.3%. Equally, vacancy levels have continuously increased by 6.3 % in the entire stock.“This paradigm shift not only opens up opportunities to rethink how future demand for space could look structurally, but also how developers should change the focus of buildings. The reasons for this development lie mainly in cost cutting, the increasingly temporary use of space and the transition to modern forms of working at companies,” says Dr. Thomas Beyerle, Head of Group Research at Catella.Due to the current rising lease prices, the shortage of new space and the increasing requirements for digitalisation, companies will reduce the available workspace per employee in the European office markets going forward, predict the analysts at Catella.Overall, the number of office workers increased in all studied markets in Europe over the past 15 years by an average of 19.3%. The associated need for office space is covered by the proportional increase in the gross office stock. The average decline in per capita office space since 2000 in Europe was 1.0%, although this value hides large differences. For example, office workers moved closer together through a contraction of space in Helsinki (-12.3%), followed by London (- 8.8%) and Stockholm (-7.4%). However the reduction of workspace per office employee is not borne out in all European cities, with gains in Frankfurt (+ 1.2%), Madrid (+ 21.5%), Barcelona (+ 3.3%) and Lyon (+ 7.4%) for example.“The often-quoted space efficiency is more than just compression. Fewer square metres per employee are considered to be the future trend in the analysis. This development is promoted, particularly, by innovation and behavioural changes, and will have structural effects. One key concept is that the location of future working spaces defines their attractiveness,” concludes Beyerle.

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