Inflation has been a consistent theme worldwide in 2021—Europe included, which is dealing with surging prices of a commodity on which its households and industries heavily rely, natural gas. The cause is a widening demand and supply mismatch, which may worsen as winter approaches, although small supply improvements may mitigate the pain.
Financial Institutions are often deliberate targets and unwitting participants in crimes, from money laundering to market manipulation. A relatively recent addition is Green Crime, which includes transgressions against the planet’s natural resources, such as environmental and wildlife crime. Fortunately, Refinitiv’s recent survey results show that the majority of those surveyed want to end ecocide atrocities such as illegal wildlife trafficking, recognizing the risks to not only to the health of the environment but also the financial system.
Social-media giant Facebook comfortably beat analysts’ estimates across earnings, revenues and active users for the fourth quarter of 2020. “We had a strong end to the year as people and businesses continued to use our services during these challenging times,” explained Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and chief executive officer.
Thanks in no small part to recent rate cuts by the US Federal Reserve System, Singaporean banks are now under increasing pressure. And the outlook for the Asian city-state’s banking sector suggests that things may get only worse this year, especially for the three biggest players:
The European Union has put up a brave front against financial crimes such as money laundering, but the criminals still manage to get away with a way too much ill-gotten gain. Progress is being made with the new AMLD5 framework, but much more needs to be done to achieve resounding success. What are some of the steps the EU should take to finally grab this brazen bull by its horns?