Time for cryptocurrencies to take over the stock market?

While the events of the past few months have shaken up pretty much every aspect of our lives, the truth is that even before the pandemic was in sight, the financial market had been struggling. Talks about another crisis had been brewing for some time.

The arrival of Covid-19 was indeed the last straw in revealing widespread discontentment with a system that is increasingly considered unfit for purpose. Amid a near total shutdown of the air travel industry, the price of oil — which had already been heading down — reached negative figures, worsening the turmoil in the financial market.

Beyond the wreckage in the stock market, the impacts can also be seen in the global economy, which will experience negative growth this year. In the US alone, 30 million people have filed initial unemployment claims since mid-March. As a way to recover the economy, the US FEd and the European Central Bank are resorting to quantitative easing, a method criticised by many as potentially causing inflation and returning very low interest rates on investments.

The virus has shown itself not only to be a threat to people’s lives and healthcare systems; it has also highlighted how our economic and political structures are ill-prepared to protect people’s assets and jobs, calling into question how much governments and authorities can be trusted to provide sound and effective solutions at a time like this.

In a research report published on April 30th, Phil Bonello from Grayscale Investments noted: “Today’s macroeconomic environment continues to reinforce that a scarce, digital, non-sovereign form of money may be an attractive place to store value and may serve as a hedge against unrestrained money printing.”

Cryptocurrency to the rescue?

Talk of alternative finance has always been brewing within the crypto community, which has long advocated for a shift to a new financial and economic system, one that is less centralised and more user-centric.

Cryptocurrencies leverage on the features of blockchain technology, allowing money to be transferred in a safe and quick manner. Praise for blockchain and cryptocurrencies had been growing over the last few years as the ‘crypto revolution’ was fuelled by frustration with the old highly centralised system which operates slowly and concentrates power into the hands of a few elite organisations.

Just as stock markets were struggling at the start of April, Revolut, one of the largest fintechs in Europe, announced its decision to make cryptocurrency trading available to all its seven million customers.

Revolut was no stranger to digital assets, having offered support for Bitcoin, Ether and Litecoin to its Premium users since 2017. The London-based fintech referred to crypto’s origins as an “alternative to real money during the times of quantitative easing and currency devaluation following the 2008 financial crisis,” which is “happening again right now” following the COVID-19 economic upset.

Investors have been seeking safer havens for their money, and cryptocurrencies — particularly Bitcoin — are regarded as one of these alternatives. “Aside from gold, the list of alternative assets to consider as a hedge against uncertainty in the global markets are few and far between,” said Fred Schebesta, co-founder of Finder, to the Economic Times. ”To me, Bitcoin remains one of the most attractive assets in helping diversify a portfolio looking to hedge against risk in the coming years.”

Crypto market heats up anticipating Bitcoin halving

This May, crypto enthusiasts are looking forward to the next Bitcoin halving, a rare event that will mark the fall in the number of bitcoins unlocked for mining one block, from the current 12.5 bitcoins to 6.25 bitcoins. This mechanism exists to ensure the limited supply of Bitcoins and to control the value of the cryptocurrency. It also works as a market regulator, indicating it could lead to a price increase. Crypto advocates see the halving mechanism as a way to control inflation.

Clem Chambers — serial investor, CEO of global leading financial news platform ADVFN and CEO of blockchain application developer Online Blockchain — who predicted the market collapse in earlier in January 2020, warns investors to be very careful about equities as he looks favourably at crypto as a sound alternative investment for long- term rewards in these times of market volatility and anticipated recession: “If you think the future is hyperinflation, you need to buy Bitcoin.”

In anticipation of the halving, in the last week of April the entire market capitalisation or value of cryptocurrencies jumped $35.3 billion in 24 hours. Bitcoin reached $9,388.30, representing an 18.57% increase in one day.

In the last 24 hours, Bitcoin price went back above $9,000, just as as the U.S. government announced it plans to borrow further $3 trillion to revive the economy.

While Bitcoin can be considered as a form of ‘digital gold’, the true value of cryptocurrencies lies in the fact that they are designed as more than an alternative finance method. Digital assets have high use-case value because they provide a range of services and products that in the traditional system would require a middleman such as a bank, in addition to going through a lengthy, expensive and bureaucratic process.

Ethereum, the second-highest valued crypto in the market, for example, is a smart contract platform that enables developers to build decentralised applications (dapps). On the blockchain, smart contracts run without any possibility of downtime, censorship, fraud or third-party interference; facilitating the exchange of money, content, property, shares, or any valuable asset.

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Tokenisation of the real estate market: Swiss BrickMark makes largest ever property purchase in…

Tokenisation of the real estate market: Swiss BrickMark makes largest ever property purchase in tokens

2020 has started with a bang.

Swiss real estate investment firm BrickMark announced that it has signed an agreement to make the largest property purchase ever made using tokens. The building has a prime location ̶ Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse ̶ with the total transaction valued at CHF 130 million.

In the latest episode of #FinancialFox, crypto guru Stefania Barbaglio talked to Stephan Rind, CEO of BrickMark, about this pioneering transaction and the impact of such a deal on the blockchain industry.

Founded 18 months ago, BrickMark is now a member of EPRA (European Public Real Estate Association) and has already earned the position of leading blockchain real estate investment firm. The company is combining the asset value and profitability of this asset class with the technological possibilities of smart contracts in blockchain and tokenisation to create a more efficient “form of capital designed specifically for the needs of today’s global institutional investor,” said BrickMark on the announcement.

BrickMark sees this transaction as the first of a planned large-scale international real estate portfolio . The tokens will be built on the Ethereum blockchain and will make use of smart contracts to establish rights and entitlements of the token holders. “The market was waiting for a transaction of this size,” says Stephen.

CEO Stephan Rind

As for the high value of the purchase, Stephen says that ‘it is about trust, long-lasting relationships and track record’ and that the seller company RFR was a idealgreat international transaction partner.

Dr. Alexander Koblischek, Managing Director of RFR Management GmbH, said: “We gladly accepted the BrickMark tokens as part of the purchase price. We assume that digital financial instruments will also significantly gain in importance in the real state sector in the future.”

The BrickMark team has long-term experience in investment and real estate management. Two years ago, they realised the potential of blockchain in the industry.

“Real estate is the biggest asset class in the world and only 5% of all real estate investment is available for public investment through shares, bonds or fund units. The rest is locked in the hands of private investors. BrickMark tokens or other tokens that follow our concept are able to unlock this value and give access to these properties and wealth to people who haven’t had the chance to invest in prime properties in top locations around the world.”

Stephen believes this transaction is the first stage of BrickMark’s growth trajectory towards building a portfolio of high-quality properties.

Beyond tokens and smart contracts, blockchain technology can have other positive impacts on the real estate industry, especially in the developing world where land registry remains an issue to be solved. In many developing countries, property records are vulnerable to inconsistencies, as well as issues like tampering, damage, and loss, mainly due to the lack of a suitably secure system for land governance. These issues lead to vast areas of land ending up locked and unproductive.

The use of distributed ledger technology can streamline land and property records, reducing expropriation risks, facilitating market transactions, and unlocking access to finance, says the World Bank.

Watch the interview:

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Wise investments in times of market uncertainty

Market volatility is the phrase of our times. Geopolitical tensions, global economic slowdown and calls for new social orders have been shaking up markets all around the world. Global currencies, currently driven down by complex international affairs, are the main factor affecting market dynamics. In the UK, questions around Brexit and turbulent domestic politics have been the primary movers of sterling in recent months. A combination of all these factors is likely to keep markets volatile for the foreseeable future.

Uncertainty is constantly plaguing the investment world, with market downturns occurring frequently. However, it is important to remember that market setbacks are typically followed by recoveries and, when managed wisely, can represent opportunities rather than pitfalls. Investors who position themselves to take advantage of these movements can even benefit from uncertainty and volatility.

Investment trading can seem like a daunting task at times like this. In the latest episode of Cassiopeia Tv Channel FinancialFox, IR specialist Stefania Barbaglio interviews Angelos Damaskos, CEO and Investment Adviser at London-based Sector Investment Managers Limited, to talk about how best to navigate the waves of uncertain markets and the best investment options in the current situation.

Angelos is indeed very familiar with the investment world. Before setting up Sector Investment Managers Ltd, Angelos had 14 years’ investment banking experience with major banks in London, concentrating on natural resources. For 10 years, he was responsible for structuring the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s equity and debt investments in commodities, oil transport, food processing and retail projects in Russia, Ukraine and the Balkans. He also managed a portfolio of EBRD assets in the Balkans, Russia, Ukraine and Central Asia, including corporate restructuring and debt recovery.

The Oil & Gas market is transforming

The energy market is being re-shaped by pushes for renewable energy and concerns about climate change. Alternative energy sources have gained prominence in the market, while more traditional methods are losing their share.

It is undeniable that the oil market has suffered a downturn over the years as the economy moves away from fossil fuels, with the boom in US shale production in 2014 pushing prices down and leading to a difficult recovery. While Angelos believes that there are attractive oil and gas opportunities still to be explored in Latin America, West Africa, and Oceania, he says the global outlook for the oil market remains uncertain.

While the future may seem dubious for oil prospects, gas is increasingly gaining the spotlight in the UK’s energy mix. Because of its properties, gas is a more appealing source. There are some interesting UK companies focusing on gas operations and serving the domestic energy demand.

From Full Fact, 2018

Precious metals are the best investment

In terms of opportunities in volatile markets, Angelos is confident that precious metals are the soundest options. Exposure to precious metals is important to safeguard your investment in times of slower economic growth, especially in China and other emerging markets.

Angelos is positive about prospects for gold: “I have been a long-time bull for the gold price.” The main catalyst for gold price rises is geopolitics, says Angelos, as gold is seen as an important alternative investment to equities and a safe haven asset.

The role of gold in the current turbulent scenario should not under-estimated. Analysis of gold performance shows that it holds major importance at times of global currency unpredictability, often the direct result of political battles and fragile macroeconomic climates. Last week, gold prices performed well, amid European recession risks arising from US tariffs imposed on the EU and more tensions in the ongoing US-China Trade war. Gold is likely to remain with further gains in this scenario.

Bloomberg chart showing gold-backed ETF growth

Angelos is also bullish on other precious metals, especially silver, which follows the uptrend of gold and goes even higher, showing more upside potential: “When gold is on the uptrends, silver trends to outperform it.” Orchid Research is expecting a ‘strong’ rebound for silver in October, according to Kitco News.

Of the base metals, which are crucial elements in the supply chain for technology products and gadgets, Angelos says copper is the most important, and one to watch. Copper is versatile and has many applications across various industries, although the slowdown in the Chinese economy could bring a negative effect to its market.

His valuable advice for investors: “A very sensible, well diversified portfolio should have strong allocation to safe haven assets, particularly gold and silver. It should also have some exposure to senior miners, with solid operations with long-standing records of production, as well as exposure to junior companies that are growing in the industry, because these are the companies that control the assets that will be the future supply of the commodity market.”

Cassiopeia Services does not offer investment advice. It is very important to obtain professional advice when seeking investment opportunities. Each individual circumstance requires a specific plan that suits the investor’s needs and profile.

CASSIOPEIA INVESTOR SYMPOSIUM: AUTUMN EDITION — NATURAL RESOURCES

Angelos Damaskos will also be attending and giving a short speech about opportunities in the mining sector at our upcoming investor symposium in central London.

Registrations are free and open via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cassiopeia-investor-symposium-tickets-73161204131

Cassiopeia Investor Symposium Summer 2019

Cassiopeia Services is pleased to announce the next edition of our Investor Symposia, which will be held at the prestigious Mayfair Hotel, Central London on June 27th 2019 at 6.30pm. Selected companies that should be on every investors watch-list will present their ‘Investment Case’.

Whether you’re a shareholder, investor, investment or industry professional, our symposia are the place for you. Explore new investment opportunities, meet company Directors while taking a proactive approach towards your investments by getting directly involved sourcing information. We facilitate connections and ongoing dialogue between companies, shareholders and market opinion leaders.

Information is of course key to investment and trading.

The Cassiopeia Symposia series consists exclusive events for selected companies and investors to network in an informal and friendly atmosphere in the comfortable surroundings of the Mayfair Hotel.

All investors are welcome to attend the presentations in a relaxed environment where they can meet the company management teams and ask them questions face to face while networking with other existing shareholders and investors to discuss company strategy, plans, developments and value.

Opinion leaders and financial media representatives, market influencers and well-known City traders regularly attend our events.

Companies presenting

Union Jack Oil (UJO): One of the hottest stocks on the London AIM market is small-cap Union Jack Oil (LON:UJO), which should be on any oil & gas investor’s watch list. The company has recently released its encouraging 2018 annual results, which showed increases in the proven reserves, revenue up by 250%, currently standing with a cash balance in excess of £2.5million with high-impact interests in projects in onshore UK. These results have indeed set tongues wagging among investors, sending share prices up.

UJO’s status could soon be magnified by the upcoming results of the appraisal drilling at West Newton, which is considered one of the highest impact onshore projects in the UK. The well has over 70% probability of gas and oil outcome: success here could lead to the delivery of a major onshore gas development, with which the value of the company’s investment would effectively transform Union Jack’s future.

UJO team will be attending the symposium with. Chairman David Bramhill presenting the investment opportunity.

Zenith Energy (ZEN): Zenith Energy (ZEN) is an international oil & gas production company operating the largest onshore oilfield in Azerbaijan, as well as in nine natural gas assets in Italy. Listed on both the Canadian and London Standard Market, Zenith’s strategy is to acquire and develop assets with untapped reserves and existing production. By the end of 2019, Zenith plans on spudding a new well (ZEN-01) and is on production target: 3,000 barrels per day by the close of 2020 to be achieved.

ZEN team will be attending the symposium with CEO Andrea Cattaneo presenting the progress to-date and future upside.

Now is the time to research and invest in oil companies as analysts forecast a new oil price boom on the horizon. Start your research now!

More companies to be announced soon.

Don’t miss this unique chance to talk to the directors of the most-watched companies on the market.

The lucky investor

We like to look after our investors not only during the event but also by offering them the opportunity to participate in our prize draw. Investors attending the Cassiopeia Symposium could win a voucher for a delicious meal-for -two for one of the Mayfair exclusive restaurants.

Registrations via EventBrite on this link.

See you there!

Cassiopeia Investor Symposium Summer 2019

Cassiopeia Services is pleased to announce the next edition of our Investor Symposia, which will be held at the prestigious Mayfair Hotel, Central London on June 27th 2019 at 6.30pm. Selected companies that should be on every investors watch-list will present their ‘Investment Case’.

Whether you’re a shareholder, investor, investment or industry professional, our symposia are the place for you. Explore new investment opportunities, meet company Directors while taking a proactive approach towards your investments by getting directly involved sourcing information. We facilitate connections and ongoing dialogue between companies, shareholders and market opinion leaders.

Information is of course key to investment and trading.

The Cassiopeia Symposia series consists exclusive events for selected companies and investors to network in an informal and friendly atmosphere in the comfortable surroundings of the Mayfair Hotel.

All investors are welcome to attend the presentations in a relaxed environment where they can meet the company management teams and ask them questions face to face while networking with other existing shareholders and investors to discuss company strategy, plans, developments and value.

Opinion leaders and financial media representatives, market influencers and well-known City traders regularly attend our events.

Companies presenting

Union Jack Oil (UJO): One of the hottest stocks on the London AIM market is small-cap Union Jack Oil (LON:UJO), which should be on any oil & gas investor’s watch list. The company has recently released its encouraging 2018 annual results, which showed increases in the proven reserves, revenue up by 250%, currently standing with a cash balance in excess of £2.5million with high-impact interests in projects in onshore UK. These results have indeed set tongues wagging among investors, sending share prices up.

UJO’s status could soon be magnified by the upcoming results of the appraisal drilling at West Newton, which is considered one of the highest impact onshore projects in the UK. The well has over 70% probability of gas and oil outcome: success here could lead to the delivery of a major onshore gas development, with which the value of the company’s investment would effectively transform Union Jack’s future.

UJO team will be attending the symposium with. Chairman David Bramhill presenting the investment opportunity.

Zenith Energy (ZEN): Zenith Energy (ZEN) is an international oil & gas production company operating the largest onshore oilfield in Azerbaijan, as well as in nine natural gas assets in Italy. Listed on both the Canadian and London Standard Market, Zenith’s strategy is to acquire and develop assets with untapped reserves and existing production. By the end of 2019, Zenith plans on spudding a new well (ZEN-01) and is on production target: 3,000 barrels per day by the close of 2020 to be achieved.

ZEN team will be attending the symposium with CEO Andrea Cattaneo presenting the progress to-date and future upside.

Now is the time to research and invest in oil companies as analysts forecast a new oil price boom on the horizon. Start your research now!

More companies to be announced soon.

Don’t miss this unique chance to talk to the directors of the most-watched companies on the market.

The lucky investor

We like to look after our investors not only during the event but also by offering them the opportunity to participate in our prize draw. Investors attending the Cassiopeia Symposium could win a voucher for a delicious meal-for -two for one of the Mayfair exclusive restaurants.

Registrations via EventBrite on this link.

See you there!

Union Jack Oil eagerly awaits promising results from West Newton appraisal

The AIM-listed, small cap company Union Jack Oil (LON:UJO) released its 2018 financial results earlier this week, cheering up shareholders and showcasing promising prospects. In an exclusive interview with oil & gas PR guru Stefania Barbaglio, Union Jack Executive Chairman David Bramhill comments on UJO’s journey and its strategy to build a successful, sustainable, UK-focused onshore hydrocarbon production and development business.

He talked about UJO’s key projects and how they could dramatically change the future of the Company.

With the release of its results, Union Jack has established itself as one of the AIM-listed rising stars in the oil & gas sector. Beyond increasing the proven hydrocarbon reserves and prospective resources of its projects, UJO’s revenue has increased by 250%, standing currently with a cash balance in excess of £2.5million.

David is a very down-to-earth leader. Union Jack has a conservative, safe tried-and-tested approach to its strategy. In terms of financial results and funding for operations, David says: “We are prepared for new prospects.”

The Company is fully funded, debt-free and undertaking an exciting drilling campaign at West Newton 2 appraisal well in the licence PEDL183. PEDL183 is located onshore in the UK, and contains the West Newton A-1 gas discovery, operated by Rathlin Energy, where, according to a 2017 Deloitte CPR, there is in excess of 189 bcfe of 2C Contingent Resources within the Kirkham Abbey Shoal Gas formation, with considerable further potential prospective resource upside for oil within the deeper Cadeby Reef formation.

UJO’s encouraging results could eventually be magnified by the upcoming results of West Newton basin, one of the UK’s highest impact onshore projects. The well has more than a 70% probability of gas and oil outcome: success here could lead to the delivery of a major onshore gas development of which the value of the investment would be Company-changing and effectively transform Union Jack’s future.

“West Newton is a vast and recent discovery. Any results even smaller than the original projections can still be life-changing for Union Jack Oil and the shareholders. 189 bcf is a massive amount of gas,” highlights David Bramhill.

In addition to the West Newton well, UJO owns two other onshore assets in the UK: Wressle Discovery and Biscathorpe wells.

Operations on Wressle are on hold until the hearing for the company to obtain planning permission, which is set to take place later in the year. Commercial production at Wressle could transform UJO into a material cash-generating oil production company and provide net cash flows of circa US$3.5 million per annum in the current oil price environment.

Biscathorpe remains suspended for a potential future side-track once the Joint Venture Partners have received new sub-surface model integrating re-processed 3D seismic data.

Despite the disappointment on the first drilling attempt, Biscathorpe, in the opinion of Union Jack`s management, remains one of the UK’s largest onshore un-appraised conventional hydrocarbon prospects.

Commenting on Biscathorpe, David Bramhill comments: “Over a century ago, Henry Ward Beecher, the American social reformer and speaker quoted ‘One`s best success comes after one’s greatest disappointments’. Biscathorpe’s structure is more complicated than what we expected and this is the risk inherent with oil & gas operations.”

Now is the time to invest in oil companies:

Even though there has been a significant push towards clean energy to reduce carbon emissions, and sales of electric cars are increasing all over the world, giving the impression that fossil fuels are no longer a profitable market, market analysts believe that oil companies are a good bet for investors: they say it is too early to run away from oil and gas companies.

Oil analysts are confident that we may be close to another oil boom over the coming years. “Investors would be wiser to purchase oil assets at a discount in anticipation of a medium-term price boom,” said Bob McNally, president of consulting firm Rapidan Energy Group and a former energy advisor to President George W. Bush and to CNN Business.

While sales of electric cars are growing, electric vehicles still represent a small portion of total car sales; the majority of vehicles still run on fossil fuels. It is also important to note that fuel is not the only use for oil. Indeed, demand is up for petrochemicals used to create plastics, and the International Energy Agency estimates that petrochemicals will account for the biggest source of oil demand growth through to 2030.

As a result, because of underinvestment in those projects, oil supply may decrease, causing prices to go up and driving up oil stocks along the way.

“Energy investments now face unprecedented uncertainties, with shifts in markets, policies and technologies,” IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said in a statement. “But the bottom line is that the world is not investing enough in traditional elements of supply to maintain today’s consumption patterns, nor is it investing enough in cleaner energy technologies to change course. Whichever way you look, we are storing up risks for the future.”

The tide seems to be changing, though: after three years of decline, investment in oil, gas and coal supplies went back up in 2018, signalling an interesting market move back towards fossil fuels.

Union Jack’s Chairman leaves his message to potential investors and those looking into Union Jack: “Investing is always risk. But if people choose to invest in Union Jack, they would be investing in quality projects. They would also be dealing with a very transparent company. We have a great technical team; I am very proud of my team.”

References:

Annual Report Year End 31 December 2018

UJO Investor Presentation

Come and talk to UJO chairman David Bramhill in person at an exclusive investor presentation. Union Jack Oil will be presenting at the next Cassiopeia Investor Symposium on June 27th in Central London. For more information, please email info@cassiopeia-ltd.com.

Union Jack Oil eagerly awaits promising results from West Newton appraisal

The AIM-listed, small cap company Union Jack Oil (LON:UJO) released its 2018 financial results earlier this week, cheering up shareholders and showcasing promising prospects. In an exclusive interview with oil & gas PR guru Stefania Barbaglio, Union Jack Executive Chairman David Bramhill comments on UJO’s journey and its strategy to build a successful, sustainable, UK-focused onshore hydrocarbon production and development business.

He talked about UJO’s key projects and how they could dramatically change the future of the Company.

With the release of its results, Union Jack has established itself as one of the AIM-listed rising stars in the oil & gas sector. Beyond increasing the proven hydrocarbon reserves and prospective resources of its projects, UJO’s revenue has increased by 250%, standing currently with a cash balance in excess of £2.5million.

David is a very down-to-earth leader. Union Jack has a conservative, safe tried-and-tested approach to its strategy. In terms of financial results and funding for operations, David says: “We are prepared for new prospects.”

The Company is fully funded, debt-free and undertaking an exciting drilling campaign at West Newton 2 appraisal well in the licence PEDL183. PEDL183 is located onshore in the UK, and contains the West Newton A-1 gas discovery, operated by Rathlin Energy, where, according to a 2017 Deloitte CPR, there is in excess of 189 bcfe of 2C Contingent Resources within the Kirkham Abbey Shoal Gas formation, with considerable further potential prospective resource upside for oil within the deeper Cadeby Reef formation.

UJO’s encouraging results could eventually be magnified by the upcoming results of West Newton basin, one of the UK’s highest impact onshore projects. The well has more than a 70% probability of gas and oil outcome: success here could lead to the delivery of a major onshore gas development of which the value of the investment would be Company-changing and effectively transform Union Jack’s future.

“West Newton is a vast and recent discovery. Any results even smaller than the original projections can still be life-changing for Union Jack Oil and the shareholders. 189 bcf is a massive amount of gas,” highlights David Bramhill.

In addition to the West Newton well, UJO owns two other onshore assets in the UK: Wressle Discovery and Biscathorpe wells.

Operations on Wressle are on hold until the hearing for the company to obtain planning permission, which is set to take place later in the year. Commercial production at Wressle could transform UJO into a material cash-generating oil production company and provide net cash flows of circa US$3.5 million per annum in the current oil price environment.

Biscathorpe remains suspended for a potential future side-track once the Joint Venture Partners have received new sub-surface model integrating re-processed 3D seismic data.

Despite the disappointment on the first drilling attempt, Biscathorpe, in the opinion of Union Jack`s management, remains one of the UK’s largest onshore un-appraised conventional hydrocarbon prospects.

Commenting on Biscathorpe, David Bramhill comments: “Over a century ago, Henry Ward Beecher, the American social reformer and speaker quoted ‘One`s best success comes after one’s greatest disappointments’. Biscathorpe’s structure is more complicated than what we expected and this is the risk inherent with oil & gas operations.”

Now is the time to invest in oil companies:

Even though there has been a significant push towards clean energy to reduce carbon emissions, and sales of electric cars are increasing all over the world, giving the impression that fossil fuels are no longer a profitable market, market analysts believe that oil companies are a good bet for investors: they say it is too early to run away from oil and gas companies.

Oil analysts are confident that we may be close to another oil boom over the coming years. “Investors would be wiser to purchase oil assets at a discount in anticipation of a medium-term price boom,” said Bob McNally, president of consulting firm Rapidan Energy Group and a former energy advisor to President George W. Bush and to CNN Business.

While sales of electric cars are growing, electric vehicles still represent a small portion of total car sales; the majority of vehicles still run on fossil fuels. It is also important to note that fuel is not the only use for oil. Indeed, demand is up for petrochemicals used to create plastics, and the International Energy Agency estimates that petrochemicals will account for the biggest source of oil demand growth through to 2030.

As a result, because of underinvestment in those projects, oil supply may decrease, causing prices to go up and driving up oil stocks along the way.

“Energy investments now face unprecedented uncertainties, with shifts in markets, policies and technologies,” IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said in a statement. “But the bottom line is that the world is not investing enough in traditional elements of supply to maintain today’s consumption patterns, nor is it investing enough in cleaner energy technologies to change course. Whichever way you look, we are storing up risks for the future.”

The tide seems to be changing, though: after three years of decline, investment in oil, gas and coal supplies went back up in 2018, signalling an interesting market move back towards fossil fuels.

Union Jack’s Chairman leaves his message to potential investors and those looking into Union Jack: “Investing is always risk. But if people choose to invest in Union Jack, they would be investing in quality projects. They would also be dealing with a very transparent company. We have a great technical team; I am very proud of my team.”

References:

Annual Report Year End 31 December 2018

UJO Investor Presentation

Come and talk to UJO chairman David Bramhill in person at an exclusive investor presentation. Union Jack Oil will be presenting at the next Cassiopeia Investor Symposium on June 27th in Central London. For more information, please email info@cassiopeia-ltd.com.

FinancialFox Mining: Ready for the next big uranium bull run

In this episode of Financial Fox, Stefania Barbaglio (Steffy) talks to Brandon Munro, a well-known international uranium market expert and CEO of Banneman resources, an Australian Listed uranium company operating the largest uranium deposit in Africa.

Uranium is one of the hottest tipped commodities in mining in recent times, due to the push for cleaner nuclear energy and lowering supply. Prices in uranium look promising in the medium to long term as more nuclear reactors start activities around the world and utilities demand more uranium.

"If an investor is looking for returns in less than 3 months, than it is better to be patient and wait. But if investor is looking for longer than 3 months returns I'd say start doing your research now," advised Brandon for those looking into the uranium space.

Uranium demand could double by 2040, believes Brandon. Although prices are still holding back, it is generally agreed that it holds strong potential to shake up the commodity market in the near future with a rapid upturn that can bring substantial returns for investors who bought at the bottom of the market.

Uranium should be on the watch-list of any investor.

FinancialFox Mining: Ready for the next big uranium bull run

In this episode of Financial Fox, Stefania Barbaglio (Steffy) talks to Brandon Munro, a well-known international uranium market expert and CEO of Banneman resources, an Australian Listed uranium company operating the largest uranium deposit in Africa.

Uranium is one of the hottest tipped commodities in mining in recent times, due to the push for cleaner nuclear energy and lowering supply. Prices in uranium look promising in the medium to long term as more nuclear reactors start activities around the world and utilities demand more uranium.

"If an investor is looking for returns in less than 3 months, than it is better to be patient and wait. But if investor is looking for longer than 3 months returns I'd say start doing your research now," advised Brandon for those looking into the uranium space.

Uranium demand could double by 2040, believes Brandon. Although prices are still holding back, it is generally agreed that it holds strong potential to shake up the commodity market in the near future with a rapid upturn that can bring substantial returns for investors who bought at the bottom of the market.

Uranium should be on the watch-list of any investor.

Golden Saint Technologies launches new partnership at leading ICT Conference in Southeast Asia

Golden Saint Technologies (GST), the London-listed integrated information and communication technology infrastructure solutions provider, has announced partnership with P2 Mobile Technologies to provide Wireless Mesh, a fast and advanced set of ICT tools addressing the growing needs of the Smart City market.

Smart Cities are designed to address and reduce structural inefficiencies, as well as to prepare urban areas for future growth and the coming generations. The aim of hyperconnected, smart cities is to deploy technologies to make optimal use of resources, increase social inclusion and create a better environment.The engineering behind the structure of smart cities combines multiple digital tools such as location sensing, cloud computing and mobile connectivity.

The global ICT market has grown consistently over the last decade. By next year, forecasts show that the global ICT market, including TV and video services, will be worth a total of more than 4.4 trillion euros.The Asia-Pacific region, where the GST hub is located, tops the tables on smart city strategies, making up 42 percent of global investments in smart city technology initiatives.

Research by McKinsey estimates that smart-mobility applications could create up to $70 billion in value, while forecasts suggest that by 2023 the smart cities market will be a US$7.6 billion Telco opportunity for mobile service providers (MSP) and network vendors.

The company announced the new product at the 2018 BICSI Southeast Asia conference in Singapore, with focus on ‘Smart Innovations: Infrastructure to Empower Future Technologies’.

BICSI influences the vision of advancing the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry by connecting ICT professionals with the solutions that inspire revolutionary ICT advancements.

The conference gathered prominent firms within the ICT space and provided a valuable avenue for networking and partnership opportunities: “Through BICSI and other associations, we have good contacts with local ICT installers and system integrators throughout the region,” commented Garies Chong, CEO of GST and BICSI Southeast Asia District Chair.

“This means it is straightforward for GST to reach out to active local partners in the Southeast Asia territories, and to quickly identify and execute on local Wireless Mesh sales opportunities.”

GST is strategically positioned in the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) market and designed to take its place in this sphere. Although the company operates worldwide, its hub is in Asia, where the ICT industry is brewing and expanding at a fast pace, fuelling multiple opportunities for GST.