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Chinese authorities seem to be finally putting an end to their strict zero Covid policy. But the pandemic, with its extended periods of factory lockdowns and port closures in China, will leave a lasting mark on supply chains. Starting in March 2020, populations and company managements alike learnt in the hard way that access to […]

And the ESG winner is…

As the “Qatar World Cup of Shame”, to quote Amnesty International, sees the top football nations compete in brand new air-conditioned stadiums, we in true DECALIA tradition – and with perhaps just a touch of irony – propose an alternative competition. One in which these 32 countries win or lose their games based not on […]

New forex order

In an inflationary world, long live the strongest currencies – USD and CHF notably At the corporate level, this new forex order is reshuffling competitiveness cards Consumers too may be laughing or crying, depending on where they live and travel Massive stock market correction, bond crash and extraordinary greenback appreciation: 2022 will certainly be remembered […]

The power of insulation

With nearly two thirds of European buildings at least 35 years of age… … the payback from better insulation is evident, and will be fast to come Can investors look to a similar opportunity in insulation manufacturers? Europe is headed for a tough winter on the energy front and policymakers’ immediate focus is obviously on […]

A new era for women’s sports

• Growing audiences, TV rights, sponsorships, company revenues… • … the ball is rolling fast on the women’s sports field • Enough to hope for the gender pay gap to recede? They brought it home! A feminine “they”, mind you, in the final match of a Euro 2022 tournament that heralds a new era for […]

Towards a bluer economy

•Sustainable exploitation of the maritime environment is key to fight climate change •Addressing the plastic waste issue will require significant (public and private) funds •Recycling should be expanded – making for diverse investment opportunities Those lucky to be enjoying a beach vacation this summer certainly want to swim in pristine waters. But it is not […]

Goodbye to tracking?

•Enabling iPhone users to refuse tracking was not just about defending privacy •Ad budgets are shifting to platforms with first-party access to customer data •Regulators need to balance risks to competition with privacy benefits for users When Apple introduced App Tracking Transparency (ATT) back in April 2021, forcing applications to request permission before monitoring user […]

Beach 2.0: a love boat?

•The lifting of Covid restrictions is boosting demand for travel and recreation •Companies are scrambling to recruit additional workers & having to pay up for them •Stocks prices are still scarred, making for some interesting but selective opportunities With summer almost here, the call for the BEACH is growing – as in Booking, Entertainment, Airlines, […]

The metaverse: A critical view from a tech investor

CONTENT What is it and is it new? Imagination on the loose? So how can we invest? And what about ESG considerations? The metaverse, the newest buzzword in town. Ever since Facebook, one of the largest companies in the world, decided to change its name to Meta and pledged to invest $10bn a year in […]

Li-ion batteries: the new frontier

•Surging demand for electric cars has driven lithium prices to stratospheric levels •As supply has fallen behind the curve, procurement is a key focus for auto makers •They are also investing heavily into battery manufacturing – vying for a competitive edge Elon Musk just made the headlines with his acquisition of Twitter. What if his […]

The ultimate resource

•Limited supply and increasing demand: such are the dynamics of the water market •Climate change only worsens the picture, heralding shortages and conflicts •The need -and investment opportunity- for better infrastructure/efficiency is great With the war in Ukraine, access to energy and agricultural commodities is an immediate worry and, quite understandably, the subject of much […]