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Is the electric vehicle metals boom sustainable?

07/28/2021

The metals used in electric vehicles, such as lithium, cobalt and copper, are at the heart of the revolution currently taking place in the automotive industry. But imbalances between supply and demand are pushing up their prices, even though the market share of electric vehicles remains modest. In its latest analysis, Coface does not foresee any major changes in these price trends over the next two years.

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Coface Barometer Q2 2021: A two-speed world

07/15/2021

18 months after the start of the pandemic, access to vaccination is now the main factor setting the pace of people's daily lives and the global economy. GDP growth forecasts for 2021 have been revised upwards (+5.6%), but this is mainly the result of positive surprises from the United States. These improved growth prospects are reflected in world trade: after a 5% decline in volume last year, Coface forecasts an 11% increase for 2021.

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Focus on remote work: The Risks and Opportunities of Virtual Offshoring

06/30/2021

Remote work has emerged as a new norm during the Covid-19 pandemic. This cultural shift could allow companies located in developed countries to hire teleworking talent in emerging countries to reduce their labour costs.

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Coface records a good start to the year with a net income of €56.4M

05/11/2021

Turnover: €378m, up 4.2% at constant FX and perimeter
Trade credit insurance growing by 6.1% at constant FX benefiting from stabilising client activity
Client retention close to record highs; positive price effect (+2.9%)
Business Information continues to grow (+9% at constant FX)
Factoring and debt collection down on lower volumes

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United States: Stimulus plan paves the way for record trade deficit

04/20/2021

As the world's largest importer, and second largest exporter of manufactured goods, the United States has had a trade deficit since the early 1970s. Using an analysis based on historical estimates of a potential trade balance, Coface estimates that the deficit could grow by 56 billion dollars as a result of the stimulus plan.

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