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The year of 5G; the science of shopping; how not to do M&A

Global Equity Capital Markets Activity 1H 2020

US fintech funding on pace to end year higher than 2019

RiskVirtual Meeting Notes: Post-COVID New Normal in Digital Transformation and Risk Management

How US Transportation Credit Quality is Affected by COVID-19

The year of 5G; the science of shopping; how not to do M&A

In this edition of Weekly News Spotlight, we look forward to 2020 and how 5G technology is set to make itself felt in almost every corner of our lives. We take a look back at Exxon’s 2009 acquisition of XTO and ask whether the reality lived up to the hype (spoiler: not completely). We also talk to GlaxoSmithKline about how they are using cutting-edge technology to study how customers experience their consumer products.

5G in Focus

5G: The next big step in mobile gaming

Although 5G deployments are still in the very early stages, some gaming companies and wireless carriers are already capitalizing on the technology to get a head start over the competition.

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5G race more marathon than sprint as network coverage remains scarce

Top U.S. carriers and phone-makers spent 2019 racing to deploy 5G mobility services and smartphones, but analysts say the new technology is still years away from achieving its full potential.

5G will be the star of CES 2020

The largest consumer technology show in the world will kick off Jan. 7, 2020. A number of technologies will be spotlighted, with one thing binding them all: 5G mobile broadband.

Deep Dives

In-depth features looking at the impact of major news developments in key industries.


US-China 'phase one' trade agreement creates more questions than answers

Discrepancies in statements from the U.S. and China on the first-phase agreement of a trade war ceasefire have some trade watchers and economists questioning how effective this partial detente will be.

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Know-your-customer compliance costing banks their corporate clients

Most treasurers polled in a new survey said they have reduced or limited the number of banks they work with to minimize know-your-customer requirements.

Banks may go 'charter shopping' should regulators remain divided on CRA

Without the Federal Reserve's adoption of new Community Reinvestment Act rules, banks may drop their holding company structures to take advantage of the new regulations.

Banks battle for college students to secure a generation of clients

To win college students' business, big banks pay millions of dollars for exclusive rights to market their deposit products on campus. Smaller competitors say those agreements put them at a disadvantage.

Energy and Utilities

'How not to do M&A': A look back at Exxon's deal for XTO 10 years later

Exxon placed a huge bet that natural gas would emerge as the fastest-growing domestic fuel and that the 2009 merger would be the first step in a journey of shale development across the world. It was half right.

Global shortage of installation vessels could trouble waters for offshore wind

A bottleneck with offshore installation vessels is set to worsen as wind turbines grow in size, with ship owners scrambling to keep up with the industry's growth. Meanwhile, a maritime law in the U.S. further complicates the picture.


Hard Labor: How fashion brands helped unwind a nation's system of forced work

Big fashion brands have had a significant impact in their effort to push the government of Uzbekistan to reduce its reliance on forced labor for the country's annual cotton harvest.

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The science of shopping: Mining biometrics and behavior to drive consumer sales

At a laboratory operated by one of the world's biggest drugmakers, researchers monitor 10,000 consumers per year, observing their reactions to new respiratory, pain and oral health products.

M&A Deals of the Week

TiVo merging with Xperi in $3B deal

Evans Bancorp buying New York-based FSB Bancorp in $34.7M stock-and-cash deal

New York Life confirms $6B+ deal for Cigna's nonhealth business

$1.25B Voya deal a starting point for acquirer's US legacy life plans

Sberbank, close deal on food delivery, taxi JV

CRISIL to acquire Greenwich Associates

The Big Number

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Quicken Loans led top nonbank mortgage lenders in 2018


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