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Keeping the global investor in mind



Committing to becoming an investor in a publicly-traded company can be seen as an arduous process.

First, you have to organise a broker account, then decide how much capital you wish to assign to it, and then you have to ensure that you are able to purchase said shares in the company via an order execution.

On top of this, you need to keep in mind whether the broker you use is reputable enough to be around, for whenever you decide to sell the stocks in the future.

Sounds like a lot of pressure!

Luckily, there are brokers that can fulfil all those requirements, and some even go to another level.


If you look at organisations such as Interactive Brokers, the team developed their platform with the global investor in mind.

Investors are able to make a deposit using 25 currencies, which, in turn, can be automatically converted into the currency they need to buy and sell stocks, from over 150 markets and geographies.

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This can be useful for people who wish to trade from international locations, and access markets such as those in the United States. What is also beneficial is the platform also handles the currency exchange transaction through the platform itself, meaning you don’t need to use a third-party just to get your funds into the right way.


Be wary of other online brokers that may have limited liquidity and currency exchange rate fluctuations.

If you are outside the U.S. and looking to trade with assets around the world, Interactive Brokers is the top choice. Look for the same features you would out of any broker: a robust industry reputation, up-to-date security standards, great customer service, reasonable costs, lots of educational content and most importantly – access to the markets you want to trade.

Also be aware that if you decide to use another broker – that hasn’t got the strongest reputation – you can have your money and assets instantly absconded. This is why it is crucial to pick the very best when handling your investments.

Trading costs with Interactive Brokers are transparent and low. For investors outside the U.S., commissions start at just USD 0.0035 per share and U.S. residents enjoy zero commissions on U.S. stocks.

Investors are able to sign up for a free trial with no commitment. For more information, head to their website.

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“I think there is a great risk”: will AI steal our jobs?



Artificial Intelligence has become an increasingly powerful and pervasive force in our modern world.

Artificial intelligence is not a new concept. However, the growing advancements have the potential to revolutionise industries, improve efficiency, and enhance the quality of life.

Along with its promising advancements, artificial intelligence also brings certain risks and challenges that must be acknowledged and addressed.

It has become the focus of lawmakers, who are working towards greater regulation of the sector.

U.S. and European Union officials recently met in Sweden to weigh up the benefits and challenges of artificial intelligence, and other emerging technologies.

“The AI process is creeping up on us,” said Dr Keith Suter, who is a global futurist.

“You’ve got competition between companies.”

It’s almost like some of us can see this raft that’s heading towards the rapids and a disappearance towards the waterfall, and we’re giving a warning but it’s not being heeded because everybody’s in this race to get down to the river,” Dr Suter said.

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The world’s best airline has been named for 2023



A lie-flat seating concept in economy is making waves for the world’s best airline

One of the world’s premiere safety and product rating websites, has announced its 2023 Airline of the Year.

Air New Zealand won the award for its exceptional achievements in in-flight innovations, which include the upcoming Skynest beds in the Economy cabin, its environmental leadership, and the dedication of its staff.

Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran said the recognition acknowledges his remarkable team.

“We owe our success to the dedication and hard work of our 12,000 Air New Zealanders who wake each morning to connect Kiwis with each other and the world.

“This award belongs to them for their grit, commitment, and the exceptional service they deliver every day.”

Air New Zealand nudged out previous winner Qatar Airways (2021, 2022) Etihad Airways, Korean Air and Singapore Airlines for the top spot.

The Airline Excellence Awards are judged by five editors, who boast decades of industry experience.

Airlines are judged across 11 key criteria including fleet age, passenger reviews, profitability, investment, product offerings, and staff relations.

“It is a sign that we have got our swing back and that our relentless focus on doing the basics brilliantly and delivering our Kia Mau strategy with precision and ambition is working,” Mr Foran said.

However, he explained there are ares for improvement as the global travel sector recovers from the height of the pandemic.

“As with many airlines worldwide, we understand that our fantastic team faces difficulties in providing the service we strive for and that our customers expect. We’re working hard to address these challenges.”

Air New Zealand won Best Economy Class, while Qatar Airways picked up Best Business Class for the fourth-year running and Best Catering.

Singapore Airlines received the Best First Class award, while Virgin Australia/Virgin Atlantic won Best Cabin Crew.

Best-In-Flight Entertainment and Best Premium Economy went to Emirates, while Qantas was recognised for Best Lounges.

Geoffrey Thomas is the Editor-in-Chief at, who said there was tough competition.

“In our objective analysis Air New Zealand came out number one in many key areas although it was a very close scoring for the top five.”

The awards also recognised the world’s Best Low-Cost Airlines.

Southwest Airlines won in the Americas category; while Fly Dubai (Middle East); AirAsia (Asia); Jetstar (Australia/Pacific) and Ryanair (Europe) all won in their respective regions.

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Deepfakes are taking over Hollywood



Deepfakes are the online phenomenon changing the way in which we consume and trust social media

Have you ever scrolled through social media and found a celebrity selling something a bit left of centre?

Chances are you have fallen victim to a deepfake.

These images and videos are a type of artificial intelligence, which promises to create doctored videos, which are almost impossible to tell apart from the real thing.

They have typically been used in pornographic clips and for celebrity endorsements.

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