Category: U

January 25, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Under-achiever Now’s the best time for Europe to stop being big tech’s under-achieverUSA hit by unforced errors – fake news, privacy/ data security lapses.  China’s un-tailored services struggling to expand into new markets.  Europe’s promising tech arenas: drug & materials development, driverless cars, electric helicopters, genomics.  London is 1 of the best places on Earth…

December 28, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

Unify A Unified Payments Interface (UPI) enables instant & easy money exchanges from person-to-person or person-to-merchant. India’s 2-yr old UPI system has 115 lenders & handled ₹542bn rupees ($7.5 bn) of transactions in Aug 2018, up from ₹31m in Aug 2017.  All together now: the ramp-up power of a network Guessed the Word?       …

December 3, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

  Uncertainty Does uncertainty affect the economy?  Uncertainty spikes during recessions.  But the cause runs both ways: Uncertainty causes recessions because it makes consumers, employers & investors hesitate to spend.  When we all hesitate – that’s a recession Guessed the Word?         Series 34 (4/8)           [pic: pauloNicolello]

August 1, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

  Ultramarine Value comes from a commodity’s use & how hard it is to get/make. Until synthetic created in 1826, the finest blue was powdered Afghan lapis lazuli, costlier than gold.  YInMn (YIN-min) is the 1st new blue pigment in 200 years.  Safe, durable, heat-reflecting, enviro-friendly. Will be very valuable: blue is USA’s favourite colour &…

July 16, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

Underdog Brands can profit from positioning as the underdog.  Determination to triumph against the odds has a strong appeal – in events (dive rescue of Thai boys), sport (Wimbledon, World Cup), books (Harry Potter), clothes (the humble waistcoat), or business Guessed the Word?           Series 27 (5/7)              [pic:…

April 18, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

Unregulated The only market that’s unregulated is the art  business. Buying & selling paintings is one way to clean dirty money Guessed the Word?    Series 22 (2/8)     [pic: daniel van den berg]

February 7, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

Unfair UK vendors are unfairly undercut by online foreign sellers who don’t add 20% VAT even when goods are sent from stocks kept in UK warehouses, Guessed the Word?         Series 19 (2/7)         [pic: neonbrand]

January 5, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

Un-retire 1/4 of Britons un-retire within 15 years of leaving work.  Men, higher-educated & healthy people more likely to return, but no clear link between financial difficulty & un-retiring Guessed the Word?    Series 17 (5/7)     [pic: pablo-hermoso] 

December 1, 2017 admin123@ No comments exist

Up and down Retail ups and downs: Big pants are back.  Sales up 25% in 2016, and continue to expand.  Thongs have been strung up, and push-up bra sales pushed down 50%. Don’t-give-a-damn confidence Guessed the Word?         Series 13 (4/5)           [photo: isic]

November 17, 2017 admin123@ No comments exist

Ultra-long No repayment in a lifetime doesn’t deter today’s investor.  Austria’s first 100-year bond in Sep attracted twice the usual number of investors. Neither lender nor borrower will be around to see the bond repaid. Central bank quantitative easing fixed-income purchases have drained liquidity, dropped yields to record lows and caused risk mis-pricing. Guessed the Word?   …