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Which is the cart, which the horse? All economists know a strong US$ means weak commodity prices and vice versa, even if the precise mechanics are not wholly understood. The dollar is currently near record highs against major currencies, a situation at odds with similarly buoyant commodity prices. Is a reverse in the US$’s strength on the cards? What would it mean for commodity producers? Producers are currently enjoying a hay day. The rally in mining shares (up 40% in a year) and the oil Majors’ resurgent Q1 earnings both indicate the same thing - margin recovery after a deep down cycle. There are three elements to the bounce. First, self-help – all producers have cut costs hard. Second, higher prices - oil is up 40% on a year ago; and though mining commodities are more mixed, generally the suite is higher y-o-y. Third, currency – the continued strength in the dollar is a boon for producers outside the US with costs denominated in local currency. This serendipitous combination is good news for companies and investors, expanding margins and making dividends that little bit safer. But is this as good as it gets? The commodity rally of the last year has been driven by fundamentals. Relatively robust global economic growth, China and the US to the fore, is supporting demand growth. There is plentiful supply capacity in most commodities but there have been production constraints. Julian Kettle, our Vice Chairman of Metals and Mining, points price responses sparked by closures of lead and zinc mines; strike action in copper; and OPEC’s production cuts in January 2017. Aluminium, nickel and coal markets remain lackluster. The hair-trigger sensitivity of certain commodities to supply disruption suggests the tentative, very early stages of a cyclical recovery. But it’s a recovery that may take some time to play out. Our Global Analytics team thinks 2015/16 will prove the low point of the commodity cycle. It may be 3-5 years before the fundamentals of most markets tighten sufficiently for a sustained bull run.


News Article | June 22, 2017
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Today, FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics announced the release of their 2017 State of Telecommuting in the U.S. Employee Workforce report, the most up-to-date and comprehensive data analysis available on the state of telecommuting in the United States, and recent trends. Among the report’s significant findings: the number of people telecommuting in the U.S. increased 115 percent between 2005 and 2015. Key findings of the 2017 State of Telecommuting in the U.S. Employee Workforce report include: ●     3.9 million U.S. employees, or 2.9 percent of the total U.S. workforce, work from home at least half of the time, up from 1.8 million in 2005 (a 115 percent increase since 2005). ●     The average telecommuter is 46 years of age or older, has at least a bachelor’s degree, and earns a higher median salary than an in-office worker. ●     Roughly the same population of women and men telecommute. ●     Telecommuting is more common among employees over 35 years of age and most common among Baby Boomers. ●     In more than half of the top U.S. metro areas telecommuting exceeds public transportation as the commute option of choice. It has grown far faster than any other commute mode. “Telecommuting offers compelling benefits for economic and job growth while also better addressing current societal, environmental, and infrastructure challenges stemming from our current workforce norm,” said Sara Sutton Fell, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “ And while more companies are acknowledging this formally, this data confirms what we’ve been observing at FlexJobs for the past ten years, which is that more and more companies--whether they’re private, public, nonprofit, or start-up -- have recognized the bottom-line benefits of telecommuting and are increasingly incorporating this type of flexible work arrangement into their business strategies,” Sutton Fell concluded. The 2017 State of Telecommuting in the U.S. Employee Workforce report includes information on the following: ●     Trends in the telecommuting workforce over the last ten years ●     Demographics of the average telecommuter (age, gender, education, salary) ●     Telecommuting by industry, occupation and sector ●     Telecommuting by metro area (prevalence and growth) ●     Actual and potential economic and environmental impact of telecommuting “The trend is unmistakable. Leading employers are cashing in on the people, planet, and profit benefits of allowing their people to choose where they want to work,” said Kate Lister, President of Global Workplace Analytics. The findings in this report are based on a special analysis of the latest U.S. government data commissioned by FlexJobs and conducted by Global Workplace Analytics using, among other tools, its proprietary Telework Savings Calculator™. Unless otherwise noted, all telecommuter statistics refer to non-self-employed people who principally work from home (telecommute) at least half-time. For more information and a copy of the report visit: https://www.flexjobs.com/2017-State-of-Telecommuting-US/ To request additional information, please contact Kathy Gardner at kgardner(at)flexjobs.com or Kate Lister at Kate(at)GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com. About FlexJobs FlexJobs is the leading online service for professionals seeking telecommuting, flexible schedule, part-time, and freelance jobs. With flexible job listings in over 50 career categories, and opportunities ranging from entry-level to executive and freelance to full-time, FlexJobs offers job seekers a safe, easy, and efficient way to find professional and legitimate flexible job listings. Having helped over two million people in their job searches, FlexJobs has appeared on CNN and Marketplace Money and in TIME, Forbes, Fortune, and hundreds of other trusted media outlets. FlexJobs' Founder & CEO Sara Sutton Fell has also launched two additional partner sites, Remote.co and 1 Million for Work Flexibility, to help provide education and awareness about the viability and benefits of remote working and work flexibility. Sutton Fell is also the creator of The TRaD* Works Forum (*Telecommuting, Remote, & Distributed), dedicated to helping companies leverage the benefits of telecommuting, remote and distributed teams. About Global Workplace Analytics Global Workplace Analytics is an evidence-based consulting firm that helps employers and communities quantify, measure, and promote the people, planet, and profit impact of workplace strategies that improve employee flexibility, engagement, well-being, and more. They are the leading authority on telecommuting trends around the world. The firm’s principals, Kate Lister and Tom Harnish, are highly regarded speakers, writers, and thought leaders on the future of work. They have written four business books and scores of articles for major media outlets. Their research has been cited by the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and hundreds of other outlets. Their proprietary tool for quantifying telework impact, the Workplace Savings Calculator™ was described in a 2016 GAO report to Congress, as “comprehensive and based on solid research.”


News Article | May 10, 2017
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ATLANTA, May 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PeachCap announces Edward Kim as CIO of Fixed Income Markets for Pêssego Global Analytics and Research™.  Mr. Kim continues his 13 years of institutional trading in bond markets where he partners with Financial Advisory firms across the US to implement trading and investment strategies.  Former UBS Trader and current CIO of Pêssego Equity Markets, Chris Wenner, said “We personally welcome the talent and many years of experience Mr. Kim brings to the trading pit."  Additionally, the CEO of PeachCap stated “Mr. Kim and Mr. Wenner have created a formidable leadership team that strengthens the breadth and scope of our investment platform.” PeachCap was founded in 1989 and is located in the heart of Buckhead in Atlanta. GA. www.peachcap.com A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/c7675514-739e-4c13-bc61-a3341c985dd9 The Peachtree Family of Companies are registered as a Broker Dealer (Member FINRA SIPC), CPA Firm, and Registered Investment Advisor with the Securities & Exchange Commission. Please reference Disclosures, Terms of Use, and Privacy Policy for further information.


News Article | May 10, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

ATLANTA, May 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PeachCap announces Edward Kim as CIO of Fixed Income Markets for Pêssego Global Analytics and Research™.  Mr. Kim continues his 13 years of institutional trading in bond markets where he partners with Financial Advisory firms across the US to implement trading and investment strategies.  Former UBS Trader and current CIO of Pêssego Equity Markets, Chris Wenner, said “We personally welcome the talent and many years of experience Mr. Kim brings to the trading pit."  Additionally, the CEO of PeachCap stated “Mr. Kim and Mr. Wenner have created a formidable leadership team that strengthens the breadth and scope of our investment platform.” PeachCap was founded in 1989 and is located in the heart of Buckhead in Atlanta. GA. www.peachcap.com A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/c7675514-739e-4c13-bc61-a3341c985dd9 The Peachtree Family of Companies are registered as a Broker Dealer (Member FINRA SIPC), CPA Firm, and Registered Investment Advisor with the Securities & Exchange Commission. Please reference Disclosures, Terms of Use, and Privacy Policy for further information.


News Article | May 10, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

ATLANTA, May 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PeachCap announces Edward Kim as CIO of Fixed Income Markets for Pêssego Global Analytics and Research™.  Mr. Kim continues his 13 years of institutional trading in bond markets where he partners with Financial Advisory firms across the US to implement trading and investment strategies.  Former UBS Trader and current CIO of Pêssego Equity Markets, Chris Wenner, said “We personally welcome the talent and many years of experience Mr. Kim brings to the trading pit."  Additionally, the CEO of PeachCap stated “Mr. Kim and Mr. Wenner have created a formidable leadership team that strengthens the breadth and scope of our investment platform.” PeachCap was founded in 1989 and is located in the heart of Buckhead in Atlanta. GA. www.peachcap.com A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/c7675514-739e-4c13-bc61-a3341c985dd9 The Peachtree Family of Companies are registered as a Broker Dealer (Member FINRA SIPC), CPA Firm, and Registered Investment Advisor with the Securities & Exchange Commission. Please reference Disclosures, Terms of Use, and Privacy Policy for further information.


News Article | May 10, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

ATLANTA, May 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PeachCap announces Edward Kim as CIO of Fixed Income Markets for Pêssego Global Analytics and Research™.  Mr. Kim continues his 13 years of institutional trading in bond markets where he partners with Financial Advisory firms across the US to implement trading and investment strategies.  Former UBS Trader and current CIO of Pêssego Equity Markets, Chris Wenner, said “We personally welcome the talent and many years of experience Mr. Kim brings to the trading pit."  Additionally, the CEO of PeachCap stated “Mr. Kim and Mr. Wenner have created a formidable leadership team that strengthens the breadth and scope of our investment platform.” PeachCap was founded in 1989 and is located in the heart of Buckhead in Atlanta. GA. www.peachcap.com A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/c7675514-739e-4c13-bc61-a3341c985dd9 The Peachtree Family of Companies are registered as a Broker Dealer (Member FINRA SIPC), CPA Firm, and Registered Investment Advisor with the Securities & Exchange Commission. Please reference Disclosures, Terms of Use, and Privacy Policy for further information.


News Article | May 10, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

ATLANTA, May 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PeachCap announces Edward Kim as CIO of Fixed Income Markets for Pêssego Global Analytics and Research™.  Mr. Kim continues his 13 years of institutional trading in bond markets where he partners with Financial Advisory firms across the US to implement trading and investment strategies.  Former UBS Trader and current CIO of Pêssego Equity Markets, Chris Wenner, said “We personally welcome the talent and many years of experience Mr. Kim brings to the trading pit."  Additionally, the CEO of PeachCap stated “Mr. Kim and Mr. Wenner have created a formidable leadership team that strengthens the breadth and scope of our investment platform.” PeachCap was founded in 1989 and is located in the heart of Buckhead in Atlanta. GA. www.peachcap.com A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/c7675514-739e-4c13-bc61-a3341c985dd9 The Peachtree Family of Companies are registered as a Broker Dealer (Member FINRA SIPC), CPA Firm, and Registered Investment Advisor with the Securities & Exchange Commission. Please reference Disclosures, Terms of Use, and Privacy Policy for further information.


An apparatus, system and method for automatically evaluating a transaction request are provided. An adaptive modeling platform builds models and deploys them in a very systematic manner, without requiring much or any human intervention. This system ensures an end to end data management; encompassing variable generation, model building and evaluation of the built models, decision logic and strategy design. It guarantees deployment of these predictive models in real time, monitors performance of the portfolio and generates reports & alerts for the same. The system periodically examines the models in production and rebuilds them when their performance falls below a predefined threshold. When the human discretion so permits, the system can be interrupted at any point in time and changes can be made wherever desired in the process. From a business point of view, AMP will significantly reduce the resources and time required for the entire process, starting from raw data to building models and decision logic, to monitoring performance and reconstruction, to deployment of the final strategies.


A credit risk decision management system and method using voice analytics are disclosed. The voice analysis may be applied to speaker authentication and emotion detection. The system introduces use of voice analysis as a tool for credit assessment, fraud detection and a measure of customer satisfaction and return rate probability when lending to an individual or a group. Emotions in voice interactions during a credit granting process are shown to have high correlation with specific loan outcomes. This system may predicts lending outcomes that determine if a customer might face financial difficulty in near future and ascertains affordable credit limit for such a customer. Information carrying features are extracted from the customers voice files, and mathematical and logical transformations are performed on these features to get derived features. The data is then fed to a predictive model which captures the probability of default, intent to pay and fraudulent activity involved in a credit transaction. The voice prints can also be transcribed into text and text analytics can be performed on the data obtained to infer similar lending outcomes using Natural Language Processing and predictive modeling techniques.


— Financial services, insurance, and banks are among the most data-driven industries. Commercial banks and insurance companies operate within regulatory environments that require firms to store and analyze several years of transactional data. For making the most from the business financial services, companies rely on relational technologies coupled with business intelligence tool to handle the ever-increasing data and analytics burden. In today's world of information, financial service industry is witnessing a disruptive change in the way do businesses worldwide. Regulatory reforms drive this change. Ailing business and customer settlements, continuous economic crisis in other industry verticals, high cost of new technology and business models, and high degree of industry consolidation and automation are some of the other growth drivers. Companies are rapidly changing business models. Financial institutions are changing the way they do businesses and building a high degree of ability to avoid the risk for losing confidence of customers and shareholders. With the growing customer expectation, financial institutions are gearing up their efforts to attract, retain, and grow their next generation of technological-driven bankers. Publisher's analysts forecast the global analytics and risk compliance solutions for banking market to grow at a CAGR of 17.2% during the period 2016-2020. Covered in this report The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global analytics and risk compliance solutions for banking market for 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the Americas, APAC, and EMEA. The market is divided into the following segments based on geography: - Americas - APAC - EMEA Publisher's report, Global Analytics and Risk Compliance Solutions For Banking Market 2016-2020, 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. Get Sample of the Report at: http://www.reportsweb.com/inquiry&RW0001508377/sample . Market driver - Increased need to comply with regulatory requirements. - For a full, detailed list, view our report Market challenge - Difficulty in validating the accuracy of the underlying data. - For a full, detailed list, view our report Market trend - Emergence of social media as marketing and collaboration medium. - For a full, detailed list, view our report PART 01: Executive summary PART 02: Scope of the report PART 03: Market research methodology PART 04: Introduction PART 05: Market landscape PART 06: Geographical segmentation PART 07: Market drivers PART 08: Impact of drivers PART 09: Market challenges PART 10: Impact of drivers and challenges PART 11: Market trends PART 12: Vendor landscape PART 13: Key vendor analysis PART 14: Appendix For more information, please visit http://www.reportsweb.com/global-analytics-and-risk-compliance-solutions-for-banking-market-2016-2020

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