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We have all heard of Visa, and have all probably used a Visa card at some point in our lives, but not many people actually know how the business works, its history and how it generates profit.

Johnson Matthey (JM) is a global chemicals company and leader of sustainable technology. Its aim is to use science to research, develop and deliver technologies to help build a cleaner world, make a…

Yet, Google remains Alphabet’s beating heart. Google is not just the go-to search engine used for internet search; it is Alphabet’s profit centre - the pump that primes Alphabet’s Other Bets.Google is…

Following numerous failed pivots into the consumer device segment (e.g. Nokia acquisition / Windows phone), Microsoft has now developed a clear growth strategy based upon cloud computing.

In recent years, Nestlé has increasingly positioned itself as a ‘nutrition, health and wellness’ company. Its product segments are Beverages (24% of revenue), Nutrition & Health Science (18%), Milk…

Novo specialises in protein-based medicines. By product segment, revenues split into Diabetes (81%), Obesity (3%), Haemophilia (9%), Growth Disorders (6%) and Other Biopharmaceuticals (1%).Diabetes…

I think the BOGOF offer is coming to an end. To understand why, we need some historical context to Tesco’s troubles. From 2007 investors took on a growing perception that their Fresh & (not so) Easy…

With an increasing importance being placed on healthcare globally, along with a growing and ageing population, few industries offer such large market opportunities. Few however, have such high…

I have, broadly speaking, two options as to how I might act on this view to make profit; find a friend that is willing to take the other side of my bet, called an over the counter (OTC) wager or to…

Tencent began life in 1998 as an instant messaging service and later, when they listed in 2004, began their expansion outside of social media platforms into online gaming. It was in 2008 when they…

On 6th December 2017, Whitbread became one of those companies when US-based hedge fund, Sachem Head, took a 3.4% stake (albeit through derivatives) and demanded a break-up of the FTSE 100 giant.

First, came a resurgence in the press relating to the sale of humidifier sterilizers that reportedly were linked to deadly lung injuries in South Korea. This occurred in 2011, but Reckitts has come…

With more than 750,000 hotel rooms in 100 countries, Intercontinental Hotels Group is one of the largest global franchises today.

They now have more than 18.6m customers on their database, 12m subscribers to their MoneySavingExpert.com weekly email and had interactions with nearly 85% of UK adults in 2016.Price comparison…


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