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LG closes down Smartphone Business after heavy losses

LG is a South Korea based electronics company, which is very well known across the nations. It has incurred heavy losses of around $4.5 billion for the past 6 years. Hence, now the LG Electronics has made a statement that they are going to shut down their smartphone business. This decision was approved by the board directors also.

LG was talking about options for divisions in the January. The areas of potential incremental growth like connected devices, electric vehicle components, robotics, business to business solutions, artificial intelligence and smart homes will be focussed more now as the company has exited its mobile sector. The company’s 7.4% revenue has been accounted by smartphones. Its global market share is 2%. As per the company there will not be any potential layoffs, but details associated with employment will be determined at the local level.

Depending upon the varying regions, LG has put the existing stock of phones on sale with software support and updates for a period of time. It also will work collaboratively with suppliers and business partners throughout the closure of the mobile phone business. LG was the largest smartphone marker in 2013, with multiple innovations like ultra-wide-angle camera. Then it has suffered both hardware and software issues and incurred heavy loss. LG will continue to leverage its mobile expertise and develop mobility related technologies such as 6G to help further strengthen competitiveness in other areas of business. Their 2 decades of work in Core technologies will also be retained and applied to existing and future products.

In North America LG ranks as the third most popular brand, but it didn’t get the same reception in other markets. This decision to pull out will leave its 9 percent share in North America, in December 2020 as per a Counterpoint Research. In 2020, the company had shipped 28 million phones as per the statement from the company. By July 31, the details of the smartphone business will be completed. Although, inventory of some existing models may still be available after that. This move makes it the first major smartphone brand to withdraw from the market.

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LexisNexis risk solutions study reveals sharp rise of financial crime compliance costs

Decision makers inside banks, investment firms, asset managers and insurance firms identify the drivers impacting financial crime compliance. LexisNexis® Risk Solutions revealed that the results of its annual True Cost of Financial Crime Compliance Study for the U.S. and Canada. The total projected cost of financial crime compliance for the region is approximately $49.9 billion. The survey illustrates the sharp increase in financial crime compliance costs.

The study projects the average annual cost of financial crime compliance for U.S. financial institutions with $10 billion. Pandemic Continues to Spur Growth. The pandemic continues to negatively impact compliance operations. Sixty eight percent of U.S. respondents report longer times required to complete due diligence. Fifty five percent of U.S. respondents report reduced productivity compared.

More U.S. financial institutions now rank real estate and hospitality as top money laundering risk segments. Crime involving digital payments, trade-based money laundering and money mule schemes are on the rise. Digital currency is a growing problem for Canadian firms. Crimes involving digital payments have the greatest impact on compliance costs. Cryptocurrency crimes have the greatest impact on compliance costs for Canadian firms. The survey results demonstrate that financial institutions are battling a broader set of issues.

Survey respondents indicate that a lack of current and extensive data tops the list of Know Your Customer (KYC). Leslie Bailey, vice president of financial crime compliance strategy for LexisNexis Risk Solutions stated that the study shows clear linkages between the pandemic, digital crime and increasing regulations. Hence, financial institutions need to prepare for expanded compliance obligations and risks from emerging financial crime. Bailey added that digital transformation is a game-changer for financial crime compliance operations.

This will require a sophisticated approach that incorporates insight into digital behaviors. This study surveyed 145 decision-makers in the U.S. and Canada. Responses were collected in June 2019, August 2020 and June 2021. Organizations such as banks, investment firms, asset management firms and insurance firms. The total annual cost of compliance across firms was calculated using survey data. The spend amount was generated by multiplying the average percent allocated to financial crime costs.

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COP26 delegates agree on need to deliver on $100 BLN climate finance pledge

Delegates heading to the COP26 U.N. climate summit in Glasgow. These delegates agreed that they must deliver on the $100 billion per year pledge. COP26 president Alok Sharma said that, it is to help most vulnerable nations for tackling the climate change.

After many days of meetings at the pre-COP26 climate event, which happened in Italy, Sharma said that there was a consensus to do more. Which is to keep the 1.5 degrees Celsius target within reach, adding more needed to be done collectively in terms of national climate plans.

The COP26 conference in Glasgow aims to secure more ambitious climate action. This is from nearly 200 countries, those all that have signed the 2015 Paris Agreement for limiting the global warming, well below 2.0 degrees Celsius. And to 1.5 degrees, above pre-industrial levels.

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City’s exposure to Evergrande is very minimal-Hong Kong finance Chief

Hong Kong’s exposure to debt-laden developer China Evergrande Group is very minimal at 0.05%. This is of banking assets, South China Morning Post reported, citing the city’s finance minister. Financial Secretary Paul Chan told the newspaper that it is very minimal and won’t cause them any systemic risks. He added that he had arrived at the conclusion after a recent audit of the local banking sector’s exposure to the company.

Chan also said that the Hong Kong’s stock market was inevitably subject to some volatility. This is amidst a recent mainland crackdown on some industries. But still he believed any setback would be temporary. With liabilities of $305 billion, Evergrande has sparked concerns its cash crunch could spread through China’s financial system. This may reverberate globally and that is a worry that has eased with the Chinese central bank’s vow, to protect homebuyers’ interests. Evergrande has missed two bond interest payments. Bondholders have said this and its offshore debt, amounting to about $20 billion, trades at distressed levels.

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