Gold rarely loses luster with investors, remaining one of the most attractive assets for years. In early 2021, experts recorded a surge in demand for gold. Demand for gold may increase even more in the second half of 2021. From time to time, the precious metal experiences high volatility and moves downwards. According to analysts of major banks, this year, gold will remain under pressure due to a number of factors
This year, investors should focus on the IT sector, analysts say. They consider this industry to be the most profitable one. Experts recommend investing into the top 5 tech companies which are projected to become the leaders of the information technology sector in 2021
Every year China becomes increasingly attractive for partners and investors. In general, the image of this country is gradually changing. Now China is not just a global manufacturing hub but also a state experiencing a remarkable growth spurt. Moreover, the country is focused on stimulating demand and developing new technologies rather than on supply. Perhaps every leading power will seek partnerships with China in the near future. This means that investors should take a closer look at this country
The e-commerce market is developing rapidly. Online shopping is growing considerably quicker than brick-and-mortar stores. It is no surprise that online retailers are sure to dominate the market as well as influence consumers in the near future. Small firms that are engaged in e-commerce and carved out their niche only regionally can suddenly become market leaders. Experts distinguish three small-cap companies that are set to boom in the foreseeable future
Scientists make new predictions about the future of humankind every year. Some of their forecasts come true. Other ideas come to nothing. Let us remember the prophecies of scientists made last year and see which of them actually came to fruition
When markets are gripped by high volatility, investors are caught between a rock and a hard place: which currency should they bet on - the euro or the US dollar? Investors have to pick a proper funding currency. It is a means of payment necessary to open carry trades in emerging markets. In other words, funding currencies are used to exchange against the asset currency. Most investors are leaning towards the US currency
On Wall Street, there are always companies which enjoy steady popularity among investors and there are outsiders. Nevertheless, it would be a good idea to know those companies whose stocks have not gained recognition from analysts but still deserve investors' attention. In fact, there are a lot of underestimated companies in the US equity market. Let's get to know some of them as their shares could make up a gainful investment portfolio
In February 2021, experts acknowledge a sharp surge in home sales in the US and a number of European countries. The ultra-loose monetary policy of low interest rates and an affordable mortgage (in the range of 1.5% - 2.5% per annum) boosted demand for residential property, analysts pinpoint the reasons. Interestingly, demand increased notably in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Forbes experts make a conclusion. This trend is especially evident in 4 European countries and a few states in the US.
According to a Bloomberg study of developing markets, some countries showed a relatively good performance last year. This means that these economies may well be included in the ranking of developed countries in the near future. Based on 11 indicators of economic and financial performance, 17 developing markets are set to mitigate the damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic almost immediately. Thus, 2021 could open up doors to a brighter future for them.
Nowadays, digital technologies allow people to achieve high efficiency of business processes. However, the team of analysts at Accenture Technology suggests that the world is approaching the post-digital era when the use of latest technologies becomes widespread. Experts warn that when this happens, it would leave many business industries uncompetitive. Therefore, in order to stay aloft, companies will have to look for new competitive advantages. Read about the five tech trends that will become an integral part of the post-digital age according to Accenture Technology
Humanity has always sought to make impossible things become possible. Some of the most bizarre and ambitious projects have already been part of our everyday life. Curiously enough, not so long ago, these things were the products of the wild imagination of some sci-fi authors and cinema blockbusters. Experts are confident that this trend will only strengthen in the near future. So, let us find out the top-8 fantastic things that have become the objects of high demand nowadays
The coronavirus pandemic has forced almost all countries to look for the most efficient ways to combat the virus spread. Japan has become one of the few countries that have logged the lowest death rate from the coronavirus. Curiously enough, Japan did not introduce a nationwide lockdown as well as it did not conduct mass testing like its neighbors. Yet, the country is handling the pandemic quite effectively. Find out what approach Japan uses to curb the pandemic in our photo gallery