Innovative Sustainable Re-development – Hammarby Sjostad

For this week´s case study, we will present Hammarby Sjöstad, one of the biggest urban development projects in Stockholm in recent time, located at the perimeter of the inner city. The old harbour and industrial area was aimed to be transformed into a modern neighbourhood, and because of the location the design was kept intentionally… Continue reading Innovative Sustainable Re-development – Hammarby Sjostad

Lars M. Andersson explains Municipal Finance

Mr. Andersson has a long record of working with finance in the public sector. After 10 years of experience as the head of finance in two Swedish cities, he initiated the formation of Kommuninvest, the Swedish Local Government Funding Agency, in 1986. Mr. Andersson became the agency’s first president and developed its operations until 2001,… Continue reading Lars M. Andersson explains Municipal Finance

Multimodal Transport and Railway Systems – Denver Union Station

This weeks case study is the Denver Union Station, in Colorado, USA, a multimodal transit development located in lower downtown Denver. The article has been developed together with Donna Rubinoff, MD at Sustainability Advisors Ltd. Denver is the capital and the biggest city in Colorado. In mid-20th century the economy in Denver was focused around… Continue reading Multimodal Transport and Railway Systems – Denver Union Station

Multimodal Transport and Railway Systems – Stockholm Central Station

The fifth post in this series will be showing Stockholm Central Station redevelopment, a construction of a new commuter station, which relates to the Citybanan project we presented last week. Stockholm has earned a reputation as a leader in urban sustainability. In 2010, Stockholm was declared the first European Green Capital. The European Commission’s idea… Continue reading Multimodal Transport and Railway Systems – Stockholm Central Station

Multimodal Transport and Railway Systems – Citybanan, Stockholm

This week, we will be writing about the Citybanan project in Stockholm, Sweden, and it will the first of several posts related to Sweden-based projects. Sweden is known throughout the world as being a global leader of innovation with a highly skilled labour force, and a stable economy. The country’s competitiveness rests on distinct business environment… Continue reading Multimodal Transport and Railway Systems – Citybanan, Stockholm

Multimodal Transport and Railway Systems – Tokyo Station City

Our third article in the series of posts on multimodal transport and railway systems will be about Tokyo Station City, the Marunouchi Station and its surrounding area. Served by Shinkansen high-speed rail lines, Tokyo Station is the main intercity rail terminal in Tokyo, next to the Imperial Palace in the centre of the city. In… Continue reading Multimodal Transport and Railway Systems – Tokyo Station City

Private Equity Made Simple

This week, the Financial Times published a brief video which explains what private equity is all about. I first learned about private equity in the autumn of 1988, while I was studying the corporate finance course at Stockholm School of Economics. During that autumn, Kohlberg-Kravis-Roberts & Co (KKR) bought the huge conglomerate RJR Nabisco Inc.… Continue reading Private Equity Made Simple

How Hedge Funds Make Money

Being an avid reader of Financial Times, I like the educational videos they frequently publish. Below is one from today,  about how hedge funds differ from traditional investment funds and how they make money. Hedge funds make use of short-selling, leverage and discretion to magnify their gains, but as the FT’s senior investment columnist John… Continue reading How Hedge Funds Make Money

Europe´s Investment Paradox

The Eurozone has recently grown faster than the United States, but despite improved economic conditions there is little sign of companies increasing investment. As investments are necessary in times of fierce globalisation, Europe may fall further behind in competitiveness. In general, as can be seen in the chart below, CFO´s in European companies are optimistic… Continue reading Europe´s Investment Paradox

The Investment Climate in Africa 2015

Friday 15/5 I visited the Commercial Bank of Africa headquarter in Nairobi. CBA is the largest privately owned bank in Kenya with assets of approximately US$1.363 billion. I met them to discuss investment opportunities in Kenya and the latest trends in innovation in the financial sector, and how fintech is applied in Africa. It has… Continue reading The Investment Climate in Africa 2015