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Plans for the future

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Marlin Selection have recently conducted some research into companies within the financial services sector to gain a better understanding of how they have been responding to the current situation over the last 3 months and where they see themselves this year. From the conversations we have had with 46 companies, we have found that the […]

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Has Coronavirus Accelerated the “Peak Oil”?

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      An interesting read in the Financial Times explored the estimated premature ‘peak oil’ as a result of the current COVID-19 crisis. As it is well known, due to the current pandemic, oil prices have declined as much as 1/3 at the peak of the virus in April. This resulted in travel bans, […]

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Upside down and inside out

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Conflicting messages. US Fed announcement- Employment figures, increased demand from China from softs to crude lowering demand in the US, UK government allowing easy supply- EU tightening controls. Aviation, oil, oil products, soybeans, meat, sugar etc all increasing in the Far East while North America and South America contracts. Uncertainty = Volatility. The head of […]

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Not Your Normal Graduate Scheme

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The last three months have not been the most amount of fun for anybody but one thing we do know is that the majority of people will bounce back as restrictions are lifted. For some the resumption of normal life will be quick. Their job will have been kept open for them and they will […]

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Maintaining Positivity

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Several years ago we did a series of pieces on mental health within the workplace around flexible working and the ability to talk to people within your environment about any concerns (Click for those blogs here). During Mental Health week and at a time of unprecedented uncertainty and isolation for some I feel this is […]

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Efficiency Vs Resilience

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  Over the years our economy has been operating with one key focus in mind, efficiency, keeping profits high and costs low. Businesses ordering goods just in time, to keep storage costs low, importing from where its cheapest and not worrying about anything going wrong.   In the last 2 months with Covid-19, we have […]

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Perspective on the pandemic

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As the whole world comes to a halt due to coronavirus, we decided to ask a director, sales manager and trader within the financial service industry, in Europe their thoughts were on working from home.   When asked what positives they’ve found from working from home they said the following:   “One major positive from […]

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Flexibility Works

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This time last year, as we were all preparing for the onset of summer, none of us could have imagined the situation we are in now but we have adapted to the restrictions and are, in some cases, thriving. The friends we never get the chance to see are now regulars at Houseparty, the online […]

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“Tough times never last, Tough people do”

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Whilst I’ve always been an optimist in life, the current pandemic is making me question every value which I base both my professional and personal life around. Whilst hundreds of people die each day from COVID-19 in the UK, our NHS and front line key workers have become our new Armed Forces and are out […]