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The record high net income of GEL 45.6 mln reported by TBC in 1Q15 (17.9% implied annualized ROE) shows the bank is successfully coping with continued economic turbulence. As a result, TBC’s operating revenue is set to expand decently in 2015 on the back of surging non-interest income, SP Advisors, investment and consulting company said.
The FINANCIAL -- Apple on June 4 announced Apple Watch will be available in Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan beginning Friday, June 26 from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.
The FINANCIAL -- Freddie Mac on June 4 released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), showing average fixed mortgage rates remaining near their highest level of the year before bond yields began moving even higher Wednesday afternoon.
The FINANCIAL -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a pioneering regional technical assistance initiative, with finance from the Nordic Development Fund (NDF), to help Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), and Viet Nam respond to climate-induced health threats.
The FINANCIAL -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $10 million loan to help Bai Tushum Bank (BTB) provide critically needed medium- and long-term funding to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the Kyrgyz Republic.
The FINANCIAL -- A new study released on June 4 by IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and Mercer shows that implications of climate change pose serious risks for investors and that integrating climate risks into investment strategies can help with investor return outcomes due to greater awareness of exposure to climate -sensitive sectors and asset classes.
The FINANCIAL -- IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is investing $50 million in a new hydropower plant in Pakistan and mobilizing a further $72 million for the project, to address the country’s power shortage, support lower cost energy generation, and help develop renewable energy sources.
The FINANCIAL -- On 4-5 June 2015, Georgian Foreign Minister Tamar Beruchashvili paid her first official visit to Montenegro, during which the meetings with Montenegro’s President Filip Vujanović, President of the Parliament Ranko Krivokapić, Prime Minister Milo Đukanović, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Igor Lukšić and Minister of Defence Milica Pejanović-Đurišić were held.
The FINANCIAL -- Residents in seven out of the 12 African nations that Gallup has polled every year since 2007 are now more optimistic about their future lives than they were when they were first surveyed. For the residents of the other five, the future looks the same as or worse than before. Between 2007 and 2014, ratings increased most in Zimbabwe and deteriorated most in Ghana.
The FINANCIAL -- As the death penalty continues to lose support in state houses across America, with Nebraska banning the practice last week, 60% of Americans say the death penalty is morally acceptable. While this measure has remained relatively stable over time, the current 60% is on the lower end of acceptance of the death penalty nationwide since Gallup began measuring it in 2001.
The FINANCIAL -- California reached a milestone in 2014 when it became only the third U.S. state where white non-Hispanics were outnumbered by another racial or ethnic group. At about 15 million, Hispanics for the first time constituted California’s largest racial or ethnic group, according to the state’s Department of Finance.
The FINANCIAL -- The private sector played an important role in the global response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa not only by providing financial and in-kind donations but also by acting as a partner to support response activities. Yet the private sector’s engagement with the public sector was often uncoordinated.
The FINANCIAL -- Intercontinental Exchange announced on June 4 that the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) approved ICE Trade Vault Europe Limited (ICE Trade Vault Europe) to extend its Trade Repository registration for the reporting of foreign-exchange (FX) derivatives trade data. The approval meets requirements of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR).
The FINANCIAL -- Four international financial institutions are teaming up with the European Union to promote sustainable energy investments in Morocco, supporting projects in the country that cut back on energy waste and also help to develop renewable energy sources.
The FINANCIAL -- A $90 million grant program was approved by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) on June 4 for a global partnership to promote investments in biodiversity conservation, preserve wildlife and encourage sustainable livelihoods in Africa and Asia.
The FINANCIAL -- African economies’ prospects for long-term, sustainable growth are under threat from weakness in the core conditions necessary for competitive and productive economies, despite outwardly healthy-looking growth rates in many parts of the region, according to the African Competitiveness Report, which is published on June 4.
The FINANCIAL -- Members of the Deloitte network have been named European Tax Innovator of the Year at the recent International Tax Review (ITR) European Tax Awards. Deloitte member firms won 15 ITR tax awards in total this year, more than any other organization, for work completed in the last year.
The FINANCIAL -- Actavis plc, which recently completed the acquisition of Allergan, Inc., on June 4 announced that the company has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market NATRELLE INSPIRA round gel-filled textured breast implants, offering women undergoing reconstruction, augmentation or revision surgery another breast shaping option for a customized result.
The FINANCIAL -- Eli Lilly and Company has committed another 780,000 vials of insulin to the International Diabetes Federation's Life for a Child program.
The FINANCIAL -- Newsweek has named a car company as one of the world’s greenest companies, ahead of highly-regarded brands like Microsoft, Google, Nike and Coke. Toyota moved up 57 spots in Newsweek’s annual green ranking to #35 in the Global 500 and #2 in autos.