WTO gives somber goods trade outlook, sees virus threat

WTO | February 17, 2020

Growth of global trade in goods is likely to remain weak in early 2020, the World Trade Organization (WTO) said on Monday, adding that the below-trend performance could become even worse due to the new coronavirus. The Geneva-based trade body said its goods trade indicator fell to 95.5 from the 96.6 reading reported in November. Readings of less than 100 indicate trade growth below medium-term trends. The WTO said the new figure did not take into account the most recent developments, such as the outbreak of the new coronavirus, which could dampen trade prospects further. Global merchandise trade fell by 0.2% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2019, the WTO said, with a possible pick-up in the fourth quarter.

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New insights on nonfinancial performance from global institutional investors EY, in collaboration with Institutional Investor Research, reprised its inaugural 2014 research report examining investor attitudes toward ESG and nonfinancial measures.

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Apollo's growth strategy is around innovation, and this partnership exemplifies our desire to remain at the forefront of technological advancements. "Since our beginning, we have prided ourselves on having an unprecedented degree of skill, knowledge, and access in the financial technology ecosystem," said Rob Heyvaert, Founder & Managing Partner of Motive Partners. As financial technology comes to cross with every industry on the planet, now is an excellent time to form a collaboration with a group that shares our goals and can help us seize the tremendous market potential that lies ahead. It's an honour to work with Marc, Jim, Scott, Gary, and the rest of the Apollo crew, for whom I have a tremendous deal of admiration. Motive Create's progress demonstrates our combined understanding and dedication to creating value in financial technology through the use of operating and inventing expertise.” The partnership between Apollo and Motive Create will take advantage of the group's financial services innovation expertise and technology capabilities to help the companies capitalise on what Motive Partners estimates to be a nearly $10 trillion (source: Motive Partners) financial technology market opportunity over the next decade. Both companies anticipate that the financial services business will continue to change dramatically over the next decade, with a focus on purpose, inclusivity, digital efficiency, and connection. The conditions for a fundamental rethink of how and where key functions are performed have been established by technological and institutional transformations over the preceding decade, which have been supercharged during the past year. 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