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AXA Mansard announces AXA, Liverpool global partnership

French multinational insurance firm, AXA, the parent company of Nigerian insurance firm, AXA Mansard, has signed a global partnership with English Premier League (EPL) club, Liverpool.

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French multinational insurance firm, AXA, the parent company of Nigerian insurance firm, AXA Mansard, has signed a global partnership with English Premier League (EPL) club, Liverpool.

The deal reignites AXA’s sponsorship strategy, which makes the insurance firm Liverpool’s Official Global Insurance Partner, a statement on AXA Mansard’s official website disclosed.

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According to AXA, Nairametrics learnt the partnership will provide excellent global brand visibility for the insurance company, as well as raise AXA’s profile among sports fans around the world.

While reacting to the partnership, AXA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Thomas Burbel said the deal will enable both the French company and Premier League club to create innovative experiences for clients, partners and fans around the world.

“I am delighted to announce this long-term partnership with Liverpool FC, which comes at a particularly exciting moment for AXA as the Best Global Brand Ranking, announced by Interbrand today, recognised AXA as the number one insurance brand for the 10th year in a row.

“Building on shared values, AXA and Liverpool FC will create innovative experiences for clients, partners and fans around the world, as well as making meaningful contributions to the local communities in which they both operate.

“Working closely with Liverpool FC’s players, manager, coaches and health professionals, AXA will also create unique and relevant content that will help support the shared goal of promoting a healthy lifestyle, delivering on the AXA brand purpose of empowering people to live a better life.” He was quoted by The Nation.

Meanwhile, the Brand and Communications Head for AXA Mansard Insurance, Nkiru Umeh said the partnership is a way of identifying with the passion and energy of football fans both in Nigeria and all over the world, that reflects their passion to consistently provide quality products and services to their customers.

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AXA’s inroad to Nigeria

Nairametrics reported the entry of the French insurance company into the Nigerian market. AXA. It was disclosed that AXA bought 100 per cent of Assur Africa holdings, which holds a 77 per cent stakes in Mansard Insurance, in cash.

The acquisition led to the modification of the Nigerian insurance company name. After the deal, Mansard was modified to AXA Mansard.

AXA Mansard

AXA Mansard Insurance plc offers insurance and asset management services. The Company offers motor, home, life, travel, education, and commercial insurance services, as well as financial advisory, portfolio and risk management, and investment consulting services.

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Bonny light up by over 5%, inches closer to $40

Crude oil prices, against earlier predictions, surged past the $40 per barrel mark in the early hours of Wednesday – the highest in almost 3 months.

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As part of signs that the global oil market is moving closer to rebalancing, Nigerian Bonny light price against earlier predictions, surged closer to $40, as it closed at $37.57 per barrel mark, up by 5.57% on Wednesday.

This is coming against the backdrop of a decline in crude oil inventory by 483,000 barrels for the week ending May 29, as estimated by the American Petroleum Institute (API) on Tuesday, and signs that OPEC+ producers are close to agreeing on a short extension of their historic deal to cut output.

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According to data from oilprice, the Brent crude was sold for $39.79 per barrel. The American WTI dropped to $36.79 per barrel.

Meanwhile, Russia and some other OPEC+ member countries are pushing for an extension by a month or 2 of the current output cut of 9.7 million barrels per day beyond June. This is within the 1-3 months’ extension that Saudi Arabia is pushing for.

(READ MORE:Crude oil prices rally as investors remain optimistic about oil production cut)

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Either way, the market likes the idea of more cuts, with the understanding that going through with the earlier agreed output cut after June, will not be enough to draw down the global oil glut that is negatively affecting prices and building up inventories.

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Analysts had predicted an inventory build of over 3 million barrels, and last week, the API had predicted a crude oil inventory of 9.731 million barrels. Meanwhile, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimated that the inventory was going to be up by 7.9 million barrels by last week.

 

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Who will ruin the OPEC+ party?

Russia has always been the black sheep in the OPEC+ family as they tend to ever deviate from consensual commitment concerning the oil market.

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The stage is set for OPEC+ to virtually meet on the 4th of June to discuss the extension of output cuts. The previous agreement on curbs resulted in a historic reduction of 9.7m barrels per day. Compliance has been commendable even to the point where some nations started shutting production before the effective date. The meeting in April was an emergency meeting after the diplomatic intervention by Donald Trump, who needed to save the energy industry in the United States.

This week’s meeting does not have any dramatic buildup to it (although the date has been brought forward to factor certain fundamentals). Still, there is a consensus or belief that the meeting will be successful, which is why prices have soared in the last couple of days. On Tuesday, Oil prices closed in on three-month highs because of the positive anticipation that OPEC+ producers would conclude in the extension of the production cuts at the forthcoming meeting. Brent Oil broke the $39 range, which has not been feasible since March.

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But energy analysts and traders familiar with the history of OPEC meetings know very well that surprises and disagreements can spring up during the sessions and can negatively affect prices. To recall the last two meetings, the first meeting in March that led to the crash of prices from $50 to $32 after the discord between Russia and Saudi Arabia were Russia did not believe cuts were necessary to salvage the demand destruction caused by the coronavirus. The second meeting, which is the more recent, featured a Mexican standoff were Mexico would defiantly not accept their part in the global cuts. It took efforts by Trump (again) to agree to shoulder some of the cuts imposed on Mexico.

Skeptics believe Russia might be this week’s party pooper. Russia has always been the black sheep in the OPEC+ family as they tend to ever deviate from consensual commitment concerning the oil market. On Wednesday, Oil was observed to retreat by more than 4%, after reports suggested that Russia was mulling over easing production cuts as planned in July. Russian Minister, Novak expressed how the country expects global supply and demand to balance in June and July. This optimism is shared amongst Russian industry players who have felt the pains of output cuts, especially producers who must maneuver shutting down many wells without causing damage to the oil fields.  To be fair, Russia is responsible for about a quarter of the total OPEC+ cuts and prices at these levels still negatively impacts the Russian budget.

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READ MORE: Global oil market to re-balance in 2 months’ time

Although scaling back curbs is line with the OPEC+ deal and demand picking up globally as expressed by the Russian Energy Minister is true, it would be a classic tale of Russian Roulette if countries ease back on production cuts. The market demand must fully recover. There is still a shortage demand for consumption for jet fuel as airlines are not operating at normal levels, with experts saying it would take years before the airline industry recovers. History suggests we should be cautious with Russia. Moscow is solely interested in increasing market share and winning its veiled rivalry with U.S shale oil.  In the short-term, Russia’s defiance in February is why we are at these levels.

It is no surprise that Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and United States President Donald Trump individually have had calls with Russia’s President on the need for coordination and cooperation in the oil markets days before the OPEC+ meeting. It seems that these discussions have been positive, and prices have reacted in this manner. Head of Oil market analysis at Rystad Energy, Bjornar Tonhaugen affirmed that “at this stage, there are two only variables that can significantly move prices, which are “Hints on the direction at this meeting and the outcome, and the rate of the shut production’s reactivation.”

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Oil Bear traders would be monitoring this meeting; any sign of disagreement would be treated with selling pressure. However, a successful meeting does not mean an immediate rise in price because the success has already been “priced in.” Hopefully, we have a successful meeting. Oil prices need back to back rallies to sustain its ascension to the top. Nigeria needs this, the OPEC cartel needs this, Shale oil companies need this, and the Kremlin budget needs this too.

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Facebook’s employees protest over Mark Zuckerberg’s stance on President Trump’s post

Meanwhile, Facebook has reacted to this development. A spokesman for the company told CNBC on Monday that Facebook understood the concerns and was open to its employees expressing their bias freely.

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In a rare move, hundreds of Facebook’s staff walked away from their remote working desks on Monday and took to Twitter to accuse social media giant’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, of inadequately policing U.S. President Trump’s post on Facebook’s platform.

Facebook staff expressed disappointment and disgust over the decision of Facebook’s management to allow a statement posted by President Trump, in which he wrote “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

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A tweet by Dan Abramov, a software engineer at Facebook,  said “The React Core team is joining the Facebook employee walkout in solidarity with the Black community. Facebook’s recent decision to not act on posts that incite violence ignores other options to keep our community safe. We implore the Facebook leadership to #TakeAction.”

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“Mark is wrong, and I will endeavor in the loudest possible way to change his mind,” wrote Ryan Freitas, identified on Twitter as director of product design for Facebook’s News Feed. He added that he had mobilized “50+ like-minded folks” to lobby for internal change.”

 

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In addition, two top Facebook employees have informed the management of Facebook their intention to resign if Mark Zuckerberg does not reverse his decision, on moderating Trump’s posts, the New York Times reported Monday.

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Meanwhile, Facebook has reacted to this development. A spokesman for the company told CNBC on Monday that Facebook understood the concerns and was open to its employees expressing their bias freely.

“We recognize the pain many of our people are feeling right now, especially our Black community,” “We encourage employees to speak openly when they disagree with leadership. As we face additional difficult decisions around content ahead, we’ll continue seeking their honest feedback.” 

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