Top UK insurance companies by assets and market cap

The insurance industry of the United Kingdom is one of the largest in the world and it is a world leader as an exporter of insurance to the rest of the world. The UK general insurance market continues to be fiercely competitive, but is troubled by sustained low profitability fuelled by the predominance of online distribution channels (aggregators, brokers and other direct distributors). The specialty and commercial lines market are the world’s largest, and truly global. Despite its traditional image, the pace of change is accelerating considerably, with increasing focus on new product development to address emerging risks, use of… Continue reading

Biggest banks in the US by assets

The US financial system is easily the largest in the world and, in many respects, the most advanced. It also has the greatest diversity of institutions, the widest variety of instruments, and the most highly developed derivative markets. The banks play an important role in the US financial system and the US economy. They, also, continue to play an important role in the global economy, despite the increased weight and importance of banks of other countries in the last years, such as Chinese banks. In this work, we are going to present the rank of the 52 largest banks in… Continue reading

These 45 countries have the largest gold reserves

Considered a ‘safe haven’ during crises, the yellow metal is being stockpiled by central banks around the world. Central banks added 650 tons to their reserves in 2019, the second highest shift in 50 years, after 656 tons were added in 2018. Before the 2008 financial crisis, central banks were net sellers of gold worldwide for decades. Also, there has been a large effort by central banks to repatriate their gold as well, mostly from storage in New York Federal Reserve and the Bank of England, which are the two largest keepers of gold in the world. After this brief… Continue reading

Top 100 best world’s companies to work for

The performance of a company is linked to satisfaction of its work force. A company that does not measure and improve employee satisfaction may face increasing turnover, declining productivity and limited ability to attract and retain qualified replacements. Instead a company that provides better working conditions for its employees has better performance, because a quality work place is essential to keep your employees on task and working efficiently. Unfortunately, many companies do an inadequate job of measuring and improving the quality of the workplace and this implies negative performance for a company. In this work, we are not going to… Continue reading

Top 100 most admired companies in the world

Corporate reputation is the general opinion that people have about a corporation or enterprise. It is very important to have a good reputation, because if the company has a positive reputation, it can attract better people, it is perceived as providing more value, its customers are more loyal, it has higher P/E multiples and market values and lower costs of capital. Most companies, however, do an inadequate job of managing their reputations in general and the risks to their reputations in particular. They tend to focus their energies on handling the threats to their reputations that have already surfaced. In… Continue reading