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Market Leader Advanced – Unit 7: Finance - Listening
A. Listen to the first part of an interview with Charles Middleton, UK Managing Director of Triodos Bank. Complete this summary using a maximum of three words in each gap.
Triodes Bank invests in projects that have a positive ……….. (1) and ……….. (2) impact. The bank's business model involves working with the ……….. (3). Triodes depositors are mostly ……….. (4) rather than ……….. (5). Triodes funds projects that are ……….. (6), and the bank has ……….. (7) in these sectors. The return on investment is a combination of three factors: financial, social and environmental. This is known as the '………..' (8).
3. real economy
6. (actually) doing things
7. (an) expertise
8. triple bottom line
B. Listen to the second part of the interview. Correct the six errors in this information about the projects that Triodos invests in.
Triodes invests in over 9,500 projects. They cover a very limited range of activities. One such activity is nuclear energy. The bank is lending to some of the major providers in the EU. It is also financing some of the big providers of social networks, such as Mencap. And it is involved in training activity, for instance with organisations like Cafe Direct, a major wholesale provider of hot drinks. The bank provides these organisations with debt funding, so the return is just the interest on the loan.
Triodes invests in over 9,500 projects. They cover a very limited vast/huge/enormous/wide range of activities. One such activity is nuclear renewable energy. The bank is lending to some of the major providers in the EU UK. It is also financing some of the big providers of social networks housing, such as Mencap. And it is involved in training trading activity, for instance with organisations like Cafe Direct, a major wholesale fair-trade provider of hot drinks. The bank provides these organisations with debt funding, so the return is just the interest on the loan.
C. Listen to the third part of the interview. Which two changes would Charles Middleton like to see, and why?
Firstly, he'd like to see a focus on banking in the real economy, as opposed to creating products and services that are removed from the bank's business, because it's been proven that a bank can't manage that risk when it's not in direct contact with the business.
Secondly, he'd like to see some separation of the more investment·banking type of activities from commercial banking, because investment banking is a riskier business and customers are put at risk of banks failing.
D. Which of the words in each group does not form a word partnership with the noun in bold? Think of another word partnership for each noun.
1. sustainable / investment / customer / commercial bank
2. bad / national / loan / external debt
3. money / debt / public / crisis funding
4. interest-free / savings / short-term / bridging loan
5. booming / black / real / deposit economy
6. down / fair / free /overseas trade
You could also point out further word partnerships:
1. high·street / piggy / savings / central / the World
2. consumer / Third World / foreign / international
3. state / research / government / mortgage
4. unsecured / student / home / high·interest / low·interest
5. market / global / prosperous / world
6. insider / invisible / passing / external / foreign / international
E. Complete each group of sentences below with the correct form of one of the words in the box.
|deposit expose invest lend|
a) ……….. in property is no longer as safe as it used to be.
b) Foreign ……….. are showing considerable interest in the venture.
c) Buying shares in blue-chip companies is always a sound ………...
a) A lot of banks are unwilling to ……….. money to new businesses.
b) House prices depend on the level of mortgage ………...
c) They were unable to keep up with their ……….. repayments.
a) The money will be ……….. into your account on the 25th of the month.
b) We've put down a 10 per cent ……….. on the flat.
c) The government has agreed to cover all savers' ……….. at the troubled bank.
a) The global crisis has clearly left many bank customers financially ………...
b) The bank was concerned that employees' e-mail transactions might ……….. sensitive data.
c) Oman's top banks said they had a total ……….. of $77 million to the troubled conglomerate.