Studies and reports

Saxo Bank, the leading Fintech specialist focused on multi-asset trading and investment, has today released its 10 'Outrageous Predictions' for 2019. The predictions focus on a series of unlikely but underappreciated events which, if they were to occur, could send shockwaves across financial markets.

The McAfee Labs 2019 Threats Predictions Report, identifies rising trends and how they are predicted to change the cyberthreat landscape in 2019. McAfee researchers expect malware-as-a-service families to strengthen, energizing the market for attack outsourcing and the evolution of increasingly innovative and agile attack methods. As a result, corporate data, home IoT devices and brand reputations will be under siege, with cybercriminals largely using social media, the cloud and mobile phones as increasingly prominent attack vectors.

New, first-of-its-kind research released today by Honeywell (NYSE: HON) shows that removable USB media devices such as flash drives pose a significant – and intentional – cybersecurity threat to a wide array of industrial process control networks.

Shareholder returns of large global chemical firms dropped in the past ten years from being the fourth most value creating companies in 2009 to a 17th ranking in 2018, according to a recently published report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) titled “Value Creation in Chemicals 2018: The Industry Rebounds and India Surges”. Despite the drop in average value creation, the data shows a huge difference in the total shareholder returns (TSR) created by top performers compared to the rest of the firms.

According to ICAEW’s latest Economic Insight report, Oman’s outlook remains for an improvement in 2018, underpinned by an easing in oil output cuts and ramp-up in gas production, which both facilitate an increase in government spending. However, the accountancy and finance body says weak domestic demand continues to weigh on non-oil activity, posing a downside risk to the expected 3.6% GDP growth for 2018, while the overall pace of expansion is expected to slow to 2.9% in 2019.