In Focus

Valuation Considerations Amid the COVID-19 Crisis

The World’s economic activities have become severely affected since February due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Governments have imposed travel bans, quarantine measures and various business operating restrictions to limit the spread of the virus. This has resulted in unprecedented elevated market volatilities. Stock market indices fluctuations of +/-10% daily are not uncommon. In valuation practice, volatility is translated as risk and a key parameter in pricing an asset. However, quantifying such risk is challenging as the situation is still developing, and there are no clear indications as to when the pandemic will subside.

Data Science in Professional Services

These days, it seems everyone is talking about "data" in some form or fashion. Breaches and privacy command most of the headlines, but analytics is generating buzz in the professional financial services industry, as more firms explore ways to put data to work for their organisations and clients. 

Big data and big oil

Few industries need and produce richer, greater volumes of data than oil and gas: terabytes of the stuff from the geological exploration and appraisal process; the complex modelling and measurement applied to daily onshore and offshore active operations;  the electronic brains behind the delivery of cargoes, coordinating the thousands of tankers and pipelines taking the raw product from field to refinery; and then, of course, the digital monitoring and sensors needed to support the refining and processing of the crude and gas into petroleum and LNG.

Cybersecurity and Business Sustainability

Gone are the days when old-fashioned competition between companies was the biggest threat facing organisations; today, cyberattacks pose one of the most formidable challenges any business will encounter. For proof, you need look no further than news headlines, which are routinely peppered with reports of massive data breaches and cyber hacks at some of the country’s largest corporations.