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DBRS Hosts Webinar on the European Housing Market Today

Sovereigns, RMBS

DBRS Ratings Limited (DBRS) invites you to attend a webinar on the European housing market, today at 3 p.m. GMT/4 p.m. CET/10 a.m. EST. The webinar will be hosted by Gordon Kerr, Senior Vice President and Head of EU Structured Finance Research, Asim Zaman, Vice President Global Structured Finance and Jason Graffam, Vice President of Global Sovereign Ratings, in London.

The discussion will focus on housing markets within select countries in Europe. Starting from a macroeconomic perspective, the presentation will then explore DBRS’s view on different housing markets and their drivers.
The discussion will last approximately 30 minutes and will be followed by an interactive question-and-answer session. DBRS welcomes all who wish to participate.

This will be our first webinar using our new event platform, BrightTalk. The web-based platform allows you to participate using any internet-connected device, including BrightTalk’s mobile app. With this new platform, you’ll have immediate access to slides as they are shown during the presentation and the ability to quickly replay presentations at the end of the webinar.

BrightTalk requires just one registration, so there will no longer be a need to dial-in and register to listen every time you join one of our events. After registering, you can just log in to participate.

Our upcoming webinars and replays will be accessible on the DBRS BrightTalk channel, which can be found at the following link:

Please note that you will need an audio-enabled computer with speakers or headphones or a smartphone to be able to attend our webinars as BrightTalk is a web-based platform only. Also please visit our BrightTalk channel in advance at and subscribe to it to verify if it is not blocked by any firewall or visit the BrightTalk sytem requirements page where you can test your device at

Date: Thursday, 22 February 2018
Time: 3:00 p.m. GMT/4:00 p.m. CET/10:00 a.m. EST

(1) Click on the following link or copy and paste it into your web browser a few minutes before it starts:
(2) Register with BrightTalk (registration only needed once) or sign in if you already have an account.

If you are unable to participate in the webinar, please note that there will be a replay available on the DBRS website following the event.

For questions regarding this event, please contact Dennis Ferreira at +44 20 3356 1555 or

On the safe side

Side protection for the GS Adventure from Wunderlich

(PresseBox) Even though BMWs R 1200 GS Adventure comes with a tank protection bar as standard, the side of this GS is still pretty unprotected. Motorcycle accessory specialist Wunderlich is now correcting this deficiency with an additional reinforcement bar. It only reliably protects the tank but the body too. It also gives the Adventure a striking and unique look.

The bar is made from 25 mm-thick precision stainless steel pipe. A central, harmoniously designed aluminium protection provides extra safety and closes the gap between the series bar and the extension. In the event of a crash, the side body is thus perfectly protected and the forces generated are also distributed over multiple points. The Adventure is not widened by mounting the complete side protector.

New Infographic Reveals 36,000% Growth of Ripple

A new infographic by reveals 36,000% growth of ripple. The payment network and the payment protocol behind it announced several banking partnerships in 2017, helping to push the price to a high of $3.84.

The company is set to revolutionise payment systems across the financial sector. Ripple has overcome brand changes and a large fine from the US government to temporarily overtake Ethereum as the second largest cryptocurrency by market cap.

The company owns 61.3% of the 100 billion XRP coins that are in circulation, which gave it its largest market capitalisation on January 5thof $235.4 billion. Ripple co-founder, Chris Larsen, was then worth more on paper than Google co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

The San Francisco-based start-up adds that the XRP coin has a four second settlement time, comparatively faster than its competitors ethereum and bitcoin, whose times are two minutes and over an hour respectively. This has encouraged financial institutions such as Santander, UBS and uniCredit to adopt Ripple’s payment network over other cryptocurrencies. editor, Cameron Bowen, added:

“Despite Ethereum taking second spot back from Ripple, we feel that Ripple will likely be one of two cryptocurrencies to de-throne bitcoin at the top of the market cap table. Should Coinbase launch Ripple, we believe a price of $10 is realistic initially, with $25 likely by the end of 2018.”


Digital Defense Named Recipient of Frost & Sullivan Customer Value Leadership Award

San Antonio, TX—January 9, 2018—Digital Defense, Inc, a security technology and services provider, is awarded Frost & Sullivan’s 2017 North America Customer Value Leadership Award for the security risk solutions market. The selection factors contributing to the company receiving the Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Award include Digital Defense’s proprietary network and application security scanner and vulnerability management system, Frontline Vulnerability Manager™, as well its innovative security awareness training product, SecurED™. Continue reading

A pan-Baltic capital market: further steps towards a European capital markets union

The pan-Baltic capital market proposed in an agreement between the region’s states may cut credit risk by helping economic growth by increased financing, Scope Ratings says. The plan is part of an EU drive for a Capital Markets Union by end-2019.

The agreement between Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia was signed with a view towards developing their capital markets through increased co-operation, as well as designing and implementing strategies to facilitate demand, supply and infrastructure growth. Continue reading

Glaston sells FC Series™ tempering line to Asia-Pacific area


Glaston has closed a deal worth somewhat below EUR 2.0 million with a leading Asia-Pacific glass processor, which supplies demanding glass solutions to the architectural glass industry of the region. The deal has been recognised in Glaston’s 2017 final quarter order book, and it is part of the quarter’s anticipated order intake. The tempering line will be delivered to the customer in summer 2018.

The sold tempering line will be the Asia-Pacific region’s largest FC Series™ machine, enabling the customer to gain a significant competitive advantage as the region’s most capable operator in terms of glass sizes and machine performance.


“As the Asia-Pacific market develops, construction quality requirements are increasing. This is evident, for example, in growing demand for high quality glass, which in turn reflects positively on Glaston,” says Sasu Koivumäki, Glaston’s Senior Vice President, Machines.

The customer is aiming for significant growth, particularly through energy-efficient glass construction solutions.
“The customer’s decision was positively influenced by Glaston’s global references, technology leadership and, in particular, by the large FC Series™’ suitability for the customer’s growth strategy,” says Frank Zhang, Glaston’s Senior Vice President, Asia.

For further information, please contact:
Sasu Koivumäki, SVP, Machines, tel. +358 10 500 500
Frank Zhang, SVP, Asia, tel. +86 21 5840 9778



Agneta Selroos
Communications Director

Glaston Corporation
Glaston is a frontrunner in glass processing technologies and services. We respond globally to the most demanding glass processing needs of the architectural, solar, appliance and automotive industries.  Additionally, we utilise emerging technologies that integrate intelligence and sustainability to glass. We are committed to providing our clients with both the best know-how and the latest technologies in glass processing. Glaston’s shares (GLA1V) are listed on NASDAQ Helsinki Ltd. Further information is available at

Geely Holding to acquire Cevian Capital’s shares in AB Volvo


  • In an agreement announced today, Cevian Capital has agreed to sell its entire shareholding in AB Volvo (“Volvo” or the “Company”) and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (“Geely Holding”) has committed to acquire the shares following necessary regulatory approvals.
  • The acquisition of AB Volvo shares comprises 88.47 million A-shares and 78.77 million
    B-shares, corresponding to 8.2 per cent of the capital and 15.6 per cent of the votes, which represents the largest ownership in AB Volvo by capital and the second largest by votes[1].
  • Nomura International Plc and Barclays Capital Securities Limited have agreed to acquire Cevian Capital’s shares in AB Volvo and committed to sell the shares to Geely Holding, following necessary regulatory approvals.

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U-Multirank collaborates with leading European group of science and technology universities in latest rankings

Wednesday, 11 October: U-Multirank, the largest global university ranking web tool collaborates with leading European group of science and technology universities to produce new rankings. The latest rankings, published online  today ( rank universities with a focus in science and technology across performance indicators particularly relevant to their profiles.

The selection of indicators applied in the rankings was selected by CESAER (Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research). They cover the dimensions: teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer and international orientation.

In total, 231 universities are compared in the latest science and technology rankings. While no university received straight ‘A’ (very good) scores across all performance indicators, many showcase top scores. For example, the California Institute of Technology in the US achieved ‘A’ scores on seven out of eight possible performance indicators; additionally Technical University Denmark achieved 11 out of 13 possible ‘A’ scores. The top 25 universities in this ranking are comprised of 12 countries, with France and the US achieving six and five universities respectively.

The new ranking is also produced for nine science and technology subjects included in U-Multirank: mathematics, biology, chemistry, computer science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, industrial engineering/production and civil engineering.

The latest rankings – exclusive to U-Multirank – come after its recent 2017 publication, including some 1,500 universities from 99 countries around the world.

To explore the latest science and technology rankings,!/readymade.

Investoo Group Acquires RoboAdvisors.Com In Bid To Revolutionise Portfolio Management Industry

Acquisition of robo advisor comparison site is latest in string of high-profile additions to the London-based firm

Leading FX affiliate firm Investoo Group is pleased to announce its latest acquisition in the retail investment space. The acquisition of marks the company’s expansion into the Portfolio Management industry.

With a commitment to making portfolio management affordable and accessible, is set to become the leading robo advisor comparison site.

Investoo Group CEO Adam Grunwerg commented, “Our acquisition of this dynamic robo advisor comparison site represents a major turning point in our company as we expand into the retail investments industry. Robo advisors is a rapidly growing market that we feel will revolutionise the personal investments industry. This acquisition fits nicely into our group of brands, alongside our investment and news portal” allows visitors to choose the best robo advisor according to their unique requirements. With ambitions to establish as the best robo advisor comparison site worldwide, the service will be available on a new, easy to use platform that will set the industry standard.

Investoo Group Chairman, David Merry, said of the acquisition, “This exciting development is part of our commitment to revolutionizing personal finance and investment. We are always looking for growth opportunities to expand our reach into investment niches.”

Investoo has already established partnerships with the world’s leading robo advisor firms.

With a track record of acquiring and investing in innovative online brands, the addition of to the Investoo group of brands represents another milestone in the evolution of the London based affiliates leader. Investoo has acquired 4 brands since December 2016.

Further information can be found at