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May 25, 2017 - Oil prices rise in anticipation of extended OPEC-led production cut

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What the internet has done is disrupt sectors where delivery of the product or service can be done online, either entirely or made more efficient through online channels. The sectors most disrupted include media, retail and now banking. Media was the easiest to disrupt as consumption of news, sports and entertainment online simply meant moving from newspapers and television to mobile phones and tablets. Because the gatekeepers of the internet (tech companies like Google & Facebook) kept content free (for rapid growth), and took away most of the advertising dollars, media companies are still struggling to find viable business models in this new world. Retail is getting disrupted in most developed markets as we speak. While the delivery of product is in the physical world, discovery was made more efficient online. Online continues to eat brick and mortar's lunch, but will reach a steady state, as 'touch and feel' and destination shopping (imagine Ikea) will remain important brick-and-mortar strengths and cannot be replicated online. Banking has a regulation moat, which will keep it going for some time. However, 'Fintech' promises not just lower costs (because of lower overheads), but also better service because of better use of data. As Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan says, "Silicon Valley is coming!"

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