Finance

BAT Set to Acquire Reynolds

British American Tobacco (BAT) has come under fire from health campaigners after shareholders approved its buyout of American firm Reynolds on Wednesday, which will create the world’s biggest tobacco company.

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Analysing the Current M&A Outlook

During 2017, roughly 80% of S&P 500 companies that have reported first-quarter results have beaten analysts’ earnings per share (EPS) estimates, mainly driven by revenues than margins, an area in which investors have been always complaining for a while.

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The Blockchain Revolution

Blockchain is disrupting the financial industry.  This new technology is simply a distributed ledger that holds records of digital data or events in a way that makes them tamper-resistant. While many users may access, inspect or add to the data, they cannot change or delete it. The original information stays put, leaving a permanent and public information trail, or chain of transactions.

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Green Bonds and Climate Change

In the wake of President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement, more than 300 cities have pledged to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in line with the Paris targets. Green bonds have become more popular, witnessing an unprecedented global surge in issuance in a bid to reconcile investment opportunities and climate change. It is a difficult trade-off to achieve in a future that could be perhaps greener than ever. 

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