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Masters of $1.3trn fund see ESG dominating for decades

Bloomberg Norway’s government, which oversees the world’s biggest sovereign-wealth fund, expects climate and social issues to dominate investment decisions in the coming decades. “There is a growing expectation, not only in Norway, but internationally that there will be a high level of ethical awareness,” Finance Minister Jan Tore Sanner said ...

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Euro-area firms return to broad growth on vaccine optimism

Bloomberg Euro-zone companies have returned to broad-based growth for only the second time since the pandemic started, with factories booming and confidence high that vaccinations will soon end the coronavirus crisis. Germany, Italy, Spain and Ireland all saw business activity rise last month and France halted its contraction, according to ...

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Brazil’s budget impasse to leave economy chief in tougher spot

Bloomberg An impasse between Brazil’s economic team and congress over this year’s budget will likely end up with President Jair Bolsonaro accepting only part of his economy chief’s austerity pleas as lawmakers push to ramp up spending ahead of next year’s elections. Bolsonaro has agreed to reject part of the ...

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US forges ahead on $1 billion tariff plan over digital taxes

Bloomberg The US is pressing ahead with plans to hit six nations that tax internet-based companies with retaliatory tariffs that could total almost $1 billion annually. Goods entering the US — ranging from Austrian grand pianos and British merry-go-rounds to Italian anchovies — could face tariffs of as much as ...

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