Highlights of the year 2018 – Brexit, trade talks and green finance

The year 2018 was a year of Brexit, electric cars and trade talks. It included special moments in the financial markets and in the company side. Green Bonds and Green Finance were getting more attention in the markets and trade talks and Brexit were the topics during the year 2018 along. Climate Change and low carbon landed also in the agenda of central banks.

Investors were also asking what is the role of the City as a global financial hub. Should it have its own rules in spite of the Brexit? In the financial hub competition, Frankfurt and Paris were the European cities to get more new financial offices as financial companies were moving some operations to the EU side.

The UK Parliament is expected to vote of the Brexit during Janury 2019 after very intensive debate about the deal during the year.

Climate Change has become part of the everyday life in the financial markets and for example one of the biggest insurance companies in the US, Berskhire Hathaway informed in February 2018, that it has got 3 billion dollars losses of the natural catastrophies, the hurricances in the US. Several central banks, including the European Central Bank and some Asian ones, have also agreed about the co-operation in the climate issues and how to monitor the impact on the markets.

In the tech-side augmented reality and ioT were the themes for the year. Apple, Amazon, Google, Tesla, Intel  and Samsung  were one of the tech-companies to deliver new services related to the new technology. On the other side of the topic, Facebook was dealing with the privacy issues globally. New tech- companies listed in the markets were for example Spotify and Xiaomi.

Year 2018 was a year of electric cars in many countries. The e-cars breakthrough with charging issues was one of the tech topics as well. Telsa founder Elon Musk was the leading industry sector figure as he estimated that Tesla would make one million cars by 2020 in February 2018.

Also the German automakers announced new investments and concept cars. For example the BMW Group launched an autonomous driving campus in Munich in March 2018.

Year 2018 was also a year for luxury goods and services. The Basel World 2018 -fair announced its good selling and for example the CEO of Hublot, Ricardo Guadalupe,  told ComteamPUB+ that the company expects double digit growth for the year and that the Chinese customers will be the leading segment.

In the debt markets the US Uber and Netflix issued their junk bonds to investors. Uber, the ride-sharing company, is said to plan an IPO for the year 2019 according to the secret filings to the SEC.

One of the biggest infrastructure projects ever, the China Silk Road, is getting more attention from the green investors side, while the organization made its first announcement of the green principles for the project co-operation and operators. The ancient Silk Road is expected to rise the GDP growth by 4 % or 240 billion dollars in the countries invlolved according to Credit Suisse analysis.

The aim of the Roman time Silk Road is to connect the western Europe with the eastern coast of China and to renew the infrasturcture in between. This means also that the 10 world largest container ports are located along the route.

Trade talks between different countries have continued lively during the year. US and China have been in the headlines, but also the EU with its agreement with Japan.  The political situation and rising volatility in the financial markets tell the direction for the next year. Geopolitical easing is needed.

Päivi Härkönen, co-founder, ComteamPUB+

 

 

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Xiaomi planning over 6 billion dollars IPO

Xiaomi, the Chinese smart-phone maker,  is planning to raise 48 billion HK dollars ( 6,12 billion US dollars) in the IPO in HongKong, the company said on Saturday. It would be the biggest Chinese tech IPO since Alibaba in 2014.

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The Company will offer about 2,18 bilion shares priced between 17 and 22 HK dollars. The offering is starting next Monday and ending at Thursday. Trading of the shares is expected to start on July the 9th.

According to the founder, chairman and CEO Lei Jun the company´s revenue has exceeded 100 billion yuan (15,3 billion US dollars). The company was founded seven years ago. Xiaomi will be investing in global expansion and internet ecosystem.

Xiaomi is an internet company with smartphones and smart hardware integrated with its IoT platform.

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Xiaomi is growing fast in smartphone markets in Asia

Xiaomi revealed high-end smartphone by technical features but with amazing price level in July 22. This phones’ starting price is approximately 320 dollars which is less than a new iPhone 5S or Samsung S 5. The phone is Xiaomi Mi 4, runs by MIUI which is Xiaomis’ own operating system build on Android platform. Mi 4 has 5inch screen which is very common size for new smartphones nowadays and design is iPhone look-a-like.

For technical details it’s at least as good as its’ competitors or maybe even slightly better in several category. For example front and back cameras have more megapixels than the cameras in iPhone 5S and the size of battery is bigger. According to the company, the life time of the mobile phone is 36 hours with normal use.

This company is focusing on markets in Asia and is serious challenger for Apple while its’ market share passed Samsungs’ during second quarter by Research firm Canalys. Xiaomi even has tablet called Mi pad and of course, it has the same specs as Apple iPad Mini, looks like it and it’s cheaper.

Xiaomi Inc is a privately owned Chinese electronics company founded in 2010 and headquartered in Beijing. It is one of China’s biggest electronics companies that designs, develops, and sells smartphones, mobile apps, and consumer electronics. Xiaomi is now 6th biggest smartphone manufacturer globally according to IDC.

 

Ville Koski

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