Commodities Gained on Improved Demand Expectations

Credit Suisse | January 13, 2020

The Bloomberg Commodity Index Total Return was higher for the month, with 20 of 23 constituents posting gains. Credit Suisse Asset Management observed the following: Energy increased 6.89%, led higher by Crude Oil and petroleum products, amid OPEC+'s announcement of new production quotas for 2020 in an attempt to rebalance oil markets. Agriculture returned 5.75%. Soybean Oil rose as Indonesia and Malaysia plan to increase crude palm-oil (CPO) content in biodiesel in 2020 while Malaysian palm oil production declined more than expected, raising the demand for soybean oil as a cost-effective substitute.

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To say the role of today’s CFO has evolved would be an understatement. Now, in addition to understanding balance sheets, risk, and asset allocation, CFOs need to study nonfinancial factors, such as the competitive landscape, operations, sourcing, emerging technology, customer wants and needs, and more. They have to think more strategically than ever before.

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To say the role of today’s CFO has evolved would be an understatement. Now, in addition to understanding balance sheets, risk, and asset allocation, CFOs need to study nonfinancial factors, such as the competitive landscape, operations, sourcing, emerging technology, customer wants and needs, and more. They have to think more strategically than ever before.

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Provenir | October 11, 2022

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CORE BANKING, FINTECH

Netcetera and Mastercard Simplify Digital Payments: Digital First Partner in the Mastercard Engage Program

Netcetera and Mastercard | September 20, 2022

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NCR Corporation | November 22, 2022

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