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How fast-moving trends are reshaping the financial markets

Staying up to speed with the latest views and insights will help you create opportunities out of complexity, if you’re ready to act.

Significant events and shifts in geopolitics, global health, political elections and climate change are transforming behaviors in the financial markets at an unprecedented pace. Investor confidence is challenged every day.

Technological advances accelerate and governments continue to adapt their approaches to regulation. Our Financial Impact Hub helps you make sense of changing times with our industry-leading insights, solutions and data offerings.

Market commentary

The institutional adoption of digital assets

Let’s take a look at digital assets. The world of crypto and decentralized finance has become incredibly tribal, with multiple technologies jockeying for market leadership. But one area where probably everyone agrees is the capital from institutional investors will help the progression towards mass adoption. Kristen Mierzwa, Managing Director of ETP Strategy and Business Development at FTSE Russell, and Doug Schwenk, CEO of Digital Asset Research, discuss the developments that are taking place on the road towards an institutionally acceptable investment framework.

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Financial impact after Brexit

After Brexit: How will the new European Union and UK relationship impact markets?

A deal has finally been agreed between European Union and UK, ending over four years of negotiation and safeguarding nearly a $1 trillion of annual trade - providing some clarity and relief to Brexit-weary investors. However, there is still no final deal on the rules around the financial industry. We go beyond the headlines to understand how the UK will trade with the EU in 2021.

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Impact of Covid-19 on Financial Markets

COVID-19: Essential market insight and resources

Even though vaccination rates remain low in many countries, some investors fear the prospect of a stock market ‘bubble’ due to the monitory and fiscal stimulants provided by governments due to COVID-19. We explore in detail how financial services businesses are having to change how they operate – and cope with remote working, business continuity and regulation challenges.

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Financial impact of climate change

Energy transition: The move from fossil fuels to renewables accelerates

Demand for renewable energy has risen exponentially in the last year. Factors such as a Biden presidency and increased momentum and support from businesses has helped continue this growth. Convincing China and other fast-growing and coal-reliant emerging markets to do the same is a challenge many businesses and governments face.

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Financial impact of emerging markets

Emerging economies: What will happen as China advances through COVID tailwinds?

China’s economic and international expansion is gathering pace post-COVID, and has recently secured The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade deal - covering nearly one third of the global population and approximately 30% of its global gross domestic product.  How will the growing influence and success of world's second largest economy impact the markets?

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Financial impact of 2021 elections

2021 elections: How will markets react to global elections?

Germany, Japan and Canada all hold elections before the end of the year. Angela Merkel is stepping down as Chancellor after 16 years at the helm in Berlin and Japan will select a successor to Yoshihide Suga who surprised markets by resigning after only a year as prime minister. In Canada, Justin Trudeau is seeking to extend his premiership after 6 years in the job. Without clear-cut favourites in any of the three races, markets are paying close attention to the possible range of outcomes and the policy changes that will result.

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Financial impact of sustainability trends

Sustainable finance: Is the financial services sector facing up to the challenge?

The sustainable finance market has seen a rapid coming-of-age in 2020, partly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as ongoing sustainability concerns. We are empowering investors to make sustainable investment decisions with our data and insights, helping to build sustainability into your investment and operational strategies. And our sustainability-related datasets let you can see company data on a standardized ESG points approach.

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