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Infogroup Targeting Solutions Launches Multinational Database

Infogroup Targeting Solutions introduces Sapphire” International, a new multinational B2B Marketing Database. With coverage of over 5 Million business professionals worldwide, Sapphire International provides actionable postal and email addresses, phone numbers and powerful selection criteria; making it the go-to marketing resource for global marketers everywhere. “Sapphire International features several unique, response driven data sources that when combined create a powerful ... Read More »

Hong Kong:  It Is Business as Usual for the Exhibition Industry

The Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Industry Association (HKECIA) issued a statement to reassure all participants, visitors and exhibitors that despite the on-going student protests in Hong Kong, events are still running smoothly and largely without interruption. Public transport links to Hong Kong’s two major venues, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) and AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE), are running close ... Read More »

CoreLogic Sells Off Non-Core Units

CoreLogic has sold its Collateral Solutions and Field Services business units to property maintenance specialist Mortgage Contracting Services (MCS) for a possible total of $45m. Field Services offers property inspection and preservation services, while Collateral Solutions offers a range of appraiser and broker-based property valuation. Their sale will allow CoreLogic to focus on its data analytics and data-enabled offering. The ... Read More »

Demandbase Expands Operations

Demandbase, Inc. announced the expansion of its East Coast headquarters in New York City, a new European cloud infrastructure and the addition of two senior level executives.  The two new senior executives: Frank Matticola, Vice President of Media Sales, and Tat Ng, Senior Vice President of Engineering, join a workforce that has grown by more than 50% in 2014. These ... Read More »

Rocket Internet Take-off Fails to Develop Full Thrust

Rocket Internet, one of the most anticipated European tech listings since the dotcom bubble, disappointed on its Frankfurt debut amid investor concern about its ability to create successful ecommerce start-ups.  Shares in Rocket shed 12.9 per cent to €37, the second worst start to trading for any initial public offering raising more than $500m in Europe or the US in ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates: Trends to Keep an Eye On

Italy – lowered growth expectations, bigger fiscal deficit; Macedonia – fragile external accounts; Slovakia – the Russian/Ukrainian conflict is damaging business confidence; Vietnam – foreign investors have been rattled by the anti-Chinese riots. ARGENTINA:  The regime’s vocal protestations against any effort to force it to pay holdout investors in its bonds may help Pres. Cristina Kirchner in next year’s elections. ... Read More »

Verisk Says $650 Million Deal Delayed Amid FTC Review

Verisk Analytics Inc. (VRSK), said its planned $650 million takeover of EagleView Technology Corp. has been delayed amid a review by antitrust regulators. The purchase agreement has been extended to Dec. 31, after a previous plan to complete the deal by Sept. 30, Jersey City, New Jersey-based Verisk said today in a statement. The company said it will provide further ... Read More »

Data Breach: Cyber Attack on JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan cyber-attack hits 76m households and 7 million small businesses.  JPMorgan Chase said the names, addresses, telephone numbers and emails of 76m households – or just under two-thirds of the total households in America – were “compromised” in a cyber-attack on the biggest US bank by assets. The bank said in a regulatory filing on Thursday that there was “no ... Read More »

Moody’s Raises Full-Year 2014 Guidance

Raising FY 2014 non-GAAP EPS guidance range to $3.95 to $4.05 Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO) announced new full-year 2014 guidance. Full-year 2014 non-GAAP EPS guidance is now in the range of $3.95 to $4.05, which excludes a $0.36 gain resulting from Moody’s acquisition of a controlling interest in ICRA Ltd. in the second quarter of 2014. Moody’s non-GAAP EPS guidance includes ... Read More »

Spotcap: New Provider of SME Finance Launched in Spain

Fintech startup Spotcap brings power back to small business owners making use of big data in Spain Spotcap is the new innovative online credit platform providing fast and flexible financing to small businesses. The company’s mission is to enable business owners to invest and grow without having to worry about how to finance their projects.  According to the company press ... Read More »

Moody’s to Acquire Full Ownership of Copal Amba

Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO) announced today that it has agreed to acquire the remaining outstanding shares of Copal Amba.  Moody’s is currently a majority owner of Copal Amba, which was formed through the acquisitions of Copal Partners in 2011 and Amba Investment Services in 2013.  Copal Amba, a leader in the market for Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO), provides offshore research, analytics ... Read More »

Compliance Issues, Fines a Growing Concern in Credit

Fines and sanctions are on the rise for companies in B2B transactions, not just banks, according to the National Association of Credit Management. Among the fastest growing concerns in business today, domestically and internationally, is that of compliance violations.  This week’s news that Barclays drew two fines – $62 million (USD) by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority and $15 million ... Read More »

Credit Karma Announces $75MM in New Investments from Existing Investors Google Capital, Tiger Global Management and Susquehanna Growth Equity

Credit Karma, a consumer finance and technology company, today announced that its Board of Directors has approved $75 million in new investments in an add-on growth round from existing investors Google Capital, Tiger Global Management and Susquehanna Growth Equity. This new round of funding marks another strong validation of Credit Karma’s business model and growth trajectory. Just eight months ago, ... Read More »

Nielsen Acquires Indicus Analytics (India)

Nielsen Holdings NV has acquired New Delhi-based Indicus Analytics Pvt Ltd, a data analytics, economic modelling and forecasting services provider, for an undisclosed amount. Established in December 2000, Indicus Analytics provides custom economic insights, analytics and data products for clients in consulting, ministries and policy groups, MNCs, and domestic companies across multiple sectors. Its data products include Market Skyline of ... Read More »