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UPS explores a new delivery service

United Parcel Services (UPS), the world’s largest package deliverer, is in talks with at least one U.S. trucking firm to launch an in-home delivery service for large, heavy goods like couches and treadmills, according to Reuters.

Portfolio Perspectives

Leverage plays a key role in driving performance across the mid-cap growth universe

Ivy Mid Cap Growth Fund

The extended period of low interest rates often meant companies could gain an advantage by refinancing balance-sheet debt at low cost. As a result, leverage became an important variable in driving the performance of stocks across the mid-cap growth universe. What are the implications and potential opportunities for Ivy Mid Cap Growth Fund now that interest rates are rising?

Raw Materials & Resources

Technology fuels growing demand for cobalt

Cobalt is rapidly rising in price and could face possible shortages in the future, reports CNBC. Why? The once little-known element is a key ingredient in lithium-ion batteries, which are in high demand because of their use in a wide array of technological devices, including mobile phones and electrified vehicles.

Innovation & Transformation

China’s “intelligent highway”

The road to China’s autonomous-driving future is paved with solar panels, mapping sensors and electric-battery rechargers, according to Bloomberg.

Global Rebalancing

Movie attendance slumps in U.S., Canada but strong overseas

An April 4 report from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) reports that worldwide box-office revenue grew 5% to $40.6 billion in 2017, even as movie-going slumped in the U.S. and Canada, according to Bloomberg.