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Underperforming Actively-Managed US Funds Over Past 5 Years

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Over a third of a trillion dollars has been taken out of actively-managed funds in just the US alone over the past year. At the same time, an even larger amount has gone to passively-managed funds. One of the biggest concerns previously was the high prices of these funds as well as their recent poor performances. However, it was assumed that the long-term performance of some outweighed their short-term performance. Now, passive funds are appearing to do better in every category. This could play into the hands of robo-advisors as they can focus on passive fund management, something that inherently lacks significant human involvement anyway. Regardless, the shift in capital will lead to major changes within the financial industry.

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How Much Do World Leaders Make?

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It is well-known that Singapore pays the upper echelons of its government very handsomely. The tiny Southeast Asian city-state deliberately pegs its top government salaries to an index of what the nation’s most distinguished lawyers, bankers and businessmen earn in order to keep the bureaucracy meritocratic and competitive. The difference in pay, however, between Singapore’s head of state and that of Hong Kong – the second country on this list – is stark: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong pulls in more than twice as much as Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-Ying. The US comes in at fifth on this list, with an annual salary of $400,000 paid out to its president. However, incumbent president Donald Trump has refused to take the salary for the duration of his premiership and instead receives a nominal $1.

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America’s Favourite Beers: Lighter the Better

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Just this week, the world’s largest brewer (by a long way), AB InBev, decided to invest heavily in the burgeoning American craft beer industry. However, as the above chart shows, the established brands – and particularly their “light” ranges – dominate American beer sales. Nevertheless, in a pattern that has already graced Canada and the UK, craft breweries are gaining traction in the market as modern drinking tastes change. Meanwhile, Budweiser has teamed with Elon Musk’s SpaceX to send barley seeds on a round trip mission to space so that its owner, AB InBev, can call itself the first to provide astronauts on Mars with a beer.

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What Is the World’s Largest App Store? It’s not Apple’s…

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With over 2.8m different apps in its app store, Google comes out ahead of Apple, which can boast just 2.2m. This result reflects the broader Android/iPhone debate that has raged for several years now. Each phone has its own legion of fans but the sheer number of apps available on Google Play is now adding another dimension to the ongoing competition. Until recently, it was widely accepted that iOS apps generated higher revenues than their Android counterparts but the tables seem to be turning. Accordingly, commentators expect that a recent spike in Android users and the concurrent increase in spending on Android apps will make them more profitable than iOS apps in 2018. Google has also introduced Instant Apps, which essentially enable users to try out apps without actually downloading them in order to save storage space, data and time. Developers are currently building Instant App versions of their software to enable users to try out their offerings merely by pressing a “Try Now” button on the Google Play store. Apple is unlikely to have overlooked this innovation and a similar feature will probably grace the App Store sometime soon.

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