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Discounters perform in global brands chart

first_imgAldi and Lidl once again showed up the Big Four in the most valuable global retail brands chart. The former leapfrogged Tesco to land in eighth place in the annual top 20 retail brands worldwide in BrandZ’s ranking compiled by WPP and Millward Brown. It boasted a 22% rise in brand value to £7.6bn ($11.7bn).Fellow discounter Lidl an even larger increase in value of 27% to £3.9bn ($6bn) and finished at number 20 in the same ranking. It also finished as the only supermarket in the list of top 20 risers.Meanwhile, Tesco – the only UK supermarket to score a global ranking – suffered a brand value plummet of -37% to £6.1bn ($9.4bn) in the index.Other bakery brands to do well include Starbucks, which came in at number 29 in the top 100 ranking, two higher than last year, with a value of £19.1bn ($29.3bn) reflecting growth of 14%. Subway stormed in three places up than 2014 at 40 with a brand value 7% up of £14.7bn $(22.6bn) and Aldi – the only UK-serving supermarket to feature – breezed in a cool 10 ranks higher than last year at 90.The research was based on interviews with more than three million consumers globally as well as an analysis of the financial and business performance of each country.last_img read more

Shop till you drop — or add

first_img 6Students gather in the dance studio to take “Contemporary Dance: Countertechnique” from Joy Davis (center), a certified Countertechnique expert, dancer, choreographer and educator. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 18Students including Andrew Roney ’17 (left) and Veronica Kane ’18 (right) gather in a William James Hall seminar room to hear Shelley Carson teach. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 4Angela S. Allan, lecturer on history and literature, teaches “American Economic Fictions.” The course considers the culture of American capitalism through an examination of a range of literary and historical texts. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 3Jing Leung ’18 (left) and Regan Kology ’18 take “Series Expansions and Complex Analysis.” Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 20Jenny Walsh ’17 (center) listens during “Foundations of Biological Diversity,” taught by Brian Farrell, director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 21Students file into Harvard Hall for classes during “shopping period” at Harvard University. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 8Tajrean Rahman ’20, Varoun Gulati ’19, and other students participate in Daniel Donoghue’s class “The History of the English Language.” Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 1Friends since freshman year, Emily Jones (left) and Abigail Orlando finally have a class together. They head into Maxwell Dworkin during shopping week at Harvard. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer For one week at the beginning of each semester, students at Harvard can take any class they can fit into their busy days. Many take full advantage of the sampling opportunity known as shopping week.One day before the registration deadline, Emma van der Terrell, M.T.S. candidate ’18, had locked down her first semester at Harvard Divinity School. Originally planning to shop six classes on top of a requirement and a language elective, her advisor suggested that juggling eight classes might be ambitious for a first-year graduate student. Though Emma eventually settled on four, she is still mulling over that fifth class.Senior Thomas Hewing ’17 still had some decisions to make by the deadline, but said he’s got his four classes “pretty settled.” Mostly done with his requirements, Thomas is anticipating a relatively easy fall, though he still shopped seven classes.— By John Baglione/Harvard Correspondent 9Virgilio Almeida, the CAPES distinguished visiting professor, teaches “The Internet: Governance and Power.” The course covers cyberspace governance. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 14Ann Blair, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor, discusses religion and Raphael’s “Disputation of the Sacrament” during “Reason and Faith in the West” in Emerson Hall. This course uses a historical perspective to examine one of the central themes in the Western intellectual tradition: the desire to reconcile rational philosophy with religious and biblical authority. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 5Students watch a clip from “The Lego Movie” during “American Economic Fictions.” Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographercenter_img 7Students including Sophie Carroll ’17 (right) participate in Joy Davis’ class “Contemporary Dance: Countertechnique.” Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 10Alan Bidart ’18 (left) listens intently during Virgilio Almeida’s class “The Internet: Governance and Power.” Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 15L. Mahadevan teaches “Fluid Dynamics” in the Cruft Building. The course explores continuum mechanics; conservation of mass and momentum; energy, stress, kinematics, and constitutive equations; vector and tensor calculus; and dimensional analysis and scaling. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 2Yasmine Meroz teaches “Series Expansions and Complex Analysis,” a class that introduces fundamental concepts for solving real-world problems and emphasizes their applications through examples from the physical and social sciences. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 16Graduate School of Arts and Sciences students Tina Huang (from left) and Paul Le Floch, and Yashraj Narang, a teaching fellow in the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, listen as L. Mahadevan explains the connection between Jackson Pollock’s paintings and the field of fluid dynamics. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 17Shelley Carson teaches “Creativity: Madmen, Geniuses, and Harvard Students.” Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 19During “Foundations of Biological Diversity” inside the Science Center, biology professor Brian Farrell, director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, teaches an integrated approach to the diversity of life, emphasizing how chemical, physical, genetic, ecological, and geologic processes contribute to the origin and maintenance of biological diversity. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 11Jacob Olupona, professor of African and African American studies and professor of African religious traditions, teaches “Introduction to African Studies.” The course introduces students to the general outlines of African archaeology, history, and geography, as well as key concepts in the study of African health, social life, economic situation, arts, and politics. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 13Teaching fellow Amelia Spinney (standing) operates the slideshow in Annette Lemieux’s (center) “Silkscreen” class. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 12During “Silkscreen,” Annette Lemieux (from far left to right) and teaching fellow Amelia Spinney teach Yao Li ’18 inside the Carpenter Center. The course teaches the manipulation of found and original imagery, and monotypes on paper and other surfaces utilizing the silkscreen process. Through slide presentations, the class is introduced to the work of artists such as Bob Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol, as well as others who use the silkscreen process. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographerlast_img read more

IPE Views: Watch out, MiFID II is coming!

first_imgMiFID II is set to extend the scope of regulation to pretty much all asset classes and a wider set of financial services firms. MiFID I encouraged trading on exchanges against quoted prices, but small lot sizes encouraged the creation of dark pools as investors sought more effective execution for large trades. The fragmentation of trading has also led to high-frequency trading, using algorithms to arbitrage pricing across different platforms – an activity that author Michael Lewis claimed, in his book Flash Boys, was rigged in the US by traders who front-run orders placed by investors. Whether that is true or not is controversial, but MiFID II introduces restrictions on the use of algorithms, high-frequency trading and dark pools.Another area where MiFID II is likely to have a major impact is through tighter rules around payments and services that could be considered inducements or would influence the overall governance of the related activities.This could encompass a huge range of activities, including soft commissions and the bundling of ‘free’ research alongside brokerage services. Forcing fund managers to be open about paying for research, whose costs were in the past hidden in transaction fees charged to the funds they managed – rather than to the fund manager’s P&L – will inevitably mean that much research will simply no longer be paid for. The mega firms could conclude that they have enough in-house resources to not require additional payments for all the research they were getting for free in the past, whilst the boutique firms may just be unable to afford it.While the changes will affect each type of firm differently – and, indeed, probably each firm differently – there is little doubt that pretty much every firm will require changes, often substantial, making them evaluate and change trading practices, operating models and partnerships, and even reconsider the financial viability of some products and activities.For European institutional investors, such changes mean there could be a substantial indirect impact on their own interests. As Ian Sutherland, chief executive at Kellian Consulting, tells me, there are three questions that pension funds should be asking of their fund managers over the next year.First, what do the fund managers see as the likely impact of MIFID II on their services? Second, what are they planning to do in response to the implementation of MIFID II? And third, what do they expect of their institutional clients?Institutional investors have plenty of time still to ensure these questions are being asked at their next meeting with their fund managers. But, with implementation due at the start of 2017, the clock is already running, and time getting short. While not all the answers are available yet, understanding the known unknowns will be critical.Joseph Mariathasan is a contributing editor at IPE Uunderstanding the known unknowns of MiFID II will be critical, Joseph Mariathasan warnsRegulation is always a double-edged sword, and that is certainly true of the EU’s attempts to create a single market for investment services and activities. Dark pools, high-frequency trading by firms using mathematical algorithms and a plethora of new competing exchanges are all relatively recent phenomena, having grown dramatically since the implementation of MiFID I (Markets in Financial Instruments Directive I), which came into force in November 2007.MiFID I applied mainly to equities, and whilst it had many positive results, it also had some undesirable and unforeseen consequences. MiFID II is coming into force on 3 January 2017. European institutional investors do need to take an interest, even if they are not directly affected.MiFID II addresses three key areas. Firstly, it represents the last leg of the European Commission’s post-financial crisis commitment to the G20 to reduce the risk in, and bring transparency to, the world of OTC derivatives. This follows the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), designed to increase the stability of the OTC derivative markets in the EU, and the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) regulating hedge funds and private equity firms. Secondly, MiFID II addresses the unforeseen consequences of MiFID I, and thirdly, it provides added investor protection.last_img read more

WLAX : Early success on free position goals leads to Orange comeback

first_img Published on April 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: [email protected] Not even four minutes had passed and a yellow card had already appeared. Just like that, Syracuse had an opportunity to take advantage of a Louisville team down one player. And it did.Freshman Alyssa Murray buried a strike into the net for a free-position goal to give Syracuse a 1-0 lead. With that goal, Murray foreshadowed what would be the Orange’s main offensive constant in the game: free-position shots.‘I think the team just really capitalized on all their free possessions that we had today,’ said midfielder Sarah Holden, who scored six points in SU’s 11-10 win Thursday over the Cardinals.Although the story of Syracuse’s game was about the final rally the Orange made to win the game, those four straight goals at the end were made possible by the Orange’s success with free-position shots earlier. SU was perfect on the night, going 3-for-3 in that area and taking advantage of Louisville’s three yellow cards.The game was a physical one, and as the Orange offense struggled to formulate goals in the early going, it relied on shots like Murray’s laser into the net to provide the scoring. Lindsey Connell and Kirkland Locey had the other two free-position goals for the Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Certainly it wasn’t our best effort over 60 minutes,’ SU head coach Gary Gait said. ‘It’s a matter of taking advantage of the opportunities they got.’And the Orange had to take advantage of those shots when defenders weren’t flying in its face. Each team had 25 fouls, and the intensity of the game made shots hard to come by.SU attack Michelle Tumolo had predicted the physicality before the game even began.‘We’re both fighting for a spot, so there’s going to be blood,’ Tumolo said. ‘It’s going to be like war.’Every time a Louisville player received a yellow card, a Syracuse player followed with one if its own. The difference was that unlike the Orange, Louisville only capitalized on half of its free-position shots.And for the Orange, its free-position goals game at crucial moments. Early on, the Cardinals grabbed a 3-1 lead, causing SU to call time with 16:32 left in the first half. Locey followed the timeout with just her second goal of the year on a free-position goal that kept Syracuse in the game.Holden, who tied for a game-high in points, also said that on most of her free possessions she was able to pass down low to a wide-open Tee Ladouceur, who had three goals on the day.‘I feel good,’ said Ladouceur, who has battled knee issues all season. ‘As a senior I only have a limited time left, and I want to make the most of it.’The attack did just that, tallying two of her three goals in the Orange’s furious final comeback. But taking advantage of free-position opportunities are what ultimately put SU in a position to make that final push.On a day when the offense wasn’t at its best, going 3-of-3 in free-position goal opportunities was a necessary aspect of the win. And those goals that lead to wins like Thursday’s are what will put the Orange in a position to make the Big East tournament, with a better chance to make the NCAA tournament.‘I want to make the Big East,’ Ladouceur said. ‘I want to go past the Big East. I want to go all the way. The harder I work the harder the team is going to work and the better we’re going to be as a team.’[email protected] Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more