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UPS drone airline: pulling in revenues, spurring new eco-system gains, building scale over time

This week the world’s first revenue-generating drone airline, yes that’s a thing now, was launched by UPS and approved by the US Federal Aviation Administration through an industry-first Part 135 Standard certification, UPS reported. Last Friday, UPS subsidiary, UPS Flight Forward Inc., launched the first drone delivery flight by any company under Part 135 Standard at...

What every Founder/CEO can learn by opening a can of Play-Doh

Transforming a challenge into a solution is something my mother has often succeeded in. One of my first memories of this trait occurred on a rainy day in 1979. Head tilted chin in hand, a look of forlorn on my freckled cheeks, Mom walked into the kitchen and found her kindergartner sulking and counting raindrops. The family...

Climate-resilient infra funds on the cards as EBRD launches $700m bond

The EBRD has launched the first-ever dedicated climate resilience bond, raising US$ 700m with the issuance. BNP Paribas, Goldman Sachs, and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB acted as joint bookrunners, which saw demand from approximately 40 investors in 15 countries. The proceeds from the five-year bond will be used to finance the...

Climate change: the new private-sector led asset class?

This week global advisory and insurer, Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW), launched in tandem with governments including the UK and Jamaica, the Global Commission on Adaptation and the World Economic Forum, a private-sector led Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment. The definition of climate-resilient infrastructure investment will need more explaining or at least more fine-tuning,...

DeVos’ OAPC latest family office to take stake in private equity firm

Signs that family offices will keep overall portfolio allocation in private equity at or slightly above 15% are expected to continue as interest rates stay low and uncertainty and volatility in global public markets and geopolitics prevail into 2020. This allocation away from the traditional asset classes of equities and fixed income improved...

UK business investment falls for the sixth quarter and UK credit conditions ‘tightening’ for SMEs, says BOE report

Business investment in the UK had fallen by 0.5% in 2019 Q2, and had now declined in five of the past six quarters, according to The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting ending on 18 September 2019, which also voted unanimously to maintain Bank Rate at 0.75%. Contacts of the Bank’s Agents had continued to report...

Blue-Chip Artists to Invest in This Month: Will you bank on a Banksy?

BANKSY (B. 1975) Morons (Sepia) screenprint in colours, 2007, on Somerset wove paper, signed in pencil, numbered 69/300, published by Pictures on Walls, London, with their blindstamp Photo Source: Christies

Sector spotlight: Global surgical robot market to grow to $24bn by 2025

News of Europe’s largest private financing in the medical technology sector to date puts the surgical robot industry in the spotlight as a growing number of firms in the sector look to raise more capital to continue research and development, manufacturing and expansion in domestic and international markets. CMR has raised approximately $384.8m to...

Are Spanish renewables losing out on asset valuations?

Augusta, which has managed transactions to an aggregate value of over €10bn throughout Europe, highlights in its report the limitations of an insular approach, whereby Spanish asset owners selling on projects are choosing to engage in bilateral discussions with familiar investors, rather than seeking to broaden the pool of prospective buyers – both domestic and international – via a Structured Sales Process.

Gojek attracts AIA investment to launch into life and health insurance sector; Amazon and Gojek in preliminary talks

AIA Financial and Gojek will work together to "provide life and health insurance services and wellness propositions to its users, drivers, and merchants across Indonesia.” Other series F round investors include Visa. The two companies will work together to provide greater options on cashless payments and more seamless experiences for consumers across Indonesia and Southeast Asia...

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