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  • Risk and complexity in investments: many eggs, different baskets

    Risk and complexity in investments: many eggs, different baskets

    This is part two in a four-part series about investing. Read part one here.  In an earlier article, I discussed considering the amount of risk you can handle before taking a financial decision. The second question to ask is: How can you diminish...

  • Medserv share price drops to near 2-year low

    Medserv share price drops to near 2-year low

    The MSE Share Index kicked-off the week in negative territory as it slipped by 0.19% to 4,622.994 points. Trading activity was broad as 14 equities traded, seven of which trended lower, four closed flat while another three shares edged higher.

  • Allianz shares – A stock for the long term!

    About the Company Allianz SE is a German financial services company headquartered in Munich, Germany. Its core businesses are insurance and asset management. As of 2014, it is the world's largest insurance company, the largest financial services...

  • Risk and complexity in investments: Can you take the heat?

    Risk and complexity in investments: Can you take the heat?

    This is part one in a series of four articles about investing. In a recent conversation, I showed my annoyance at not having considered investing in some war-related investments back in November.  Mr Trump’s decision to bomb Syria and try to scare...

  • Reinvestment risk

    There are a number of key risks assigned to a bond/fixed-income investment, namely credit risk, interest rate risk and market risk, among others. However, reinvestment risk is often disregarded, or rather not given its due importance by investors...

  • Farsons share price reaches new all-time high

    Farsons share price reaches new all-time high

    The Malta Stock Exchange moved higher for the fourth consecutive trading session as it rose by a further 0.09% to an over two-week high of 4,703.912 points. Today’s gains reflect the increases in the share prices of BOV (+1.3%) and three other...

  • Markets rally in April as risk-on mode persists

    Credit markets posted yet again another remarkable performance in April, with European and US HY markets rising by 1.08% and 1.13%. There seems to be no signs of the global search for yield abating for the time being. Price returns across both...

  • Sell in May and go away

    "Sell in May and go away is an investment strategy for stocks based on a theory that the period from November to April has significantly stronger growth on average than the other months. Typically an investor would sell at the start of May and...

  • Diageo – A sterling stock for 2017

    Diageo plc produces, distills, and markets alcoholic beverages, offering a wide range of branded beverages, including vodkas, whiskies, tequilas, gins, and beer. Many investors ask us for equity investments in sterling. We recently added Diageo to...

  • ECB meeting takes centre stage

    As had been widely expected, the European Central Bank's MPC members opted to keep interest rates unchanged. But the key take from yesterday's meeting was that the ECB is being interpreted as having taken a small but meaningful step towards...

  • Will France carry the flag of the next revolution, again?

    Claiming that the western world is fed up with the current crop of politicians is an understatement. If US voters are able to stomach a Donald Trump as their president, then rock bottom is not far below. Europe is not far behind. The UK has voted...

  • What differentiates a bond from a bond fund?

    There are many misconceptions around the difference between a bond and a bond fund.  By definition, a bond is a debt obligation issued by entities, such as corporations or governments. When an investor purchases an individual bond, he is...

  • Endowment bias

    Endowment bias is an emotional bias where people value an asset more when they own it rather when they don't. Endowment bias is inconsistent with standard economic theory, which asserts that the price a person is willing to pay for a good should...

  • Credit resilience persists as market focus shifts to earnings season

    Credit markets have had a somewhat resilient start to the year, particularly high yield markets with no particular large swings in risk aversion witnessed so far since the start of the year. Investment Grade bonds however have had to bear the...

  • 2017 - a threat or opportunity for EM currency bonds

    In 2016 emerging market (EM) hard currency bonds registered a strong performance. Bofa Merill Lynch emerging market index posted a total return of 17.3 per cent, despite the fact that investors were aware that the Federal Reserve (Fed), continued...

  • Credit markets in December 2016

    December is characteristically a strong month for credit, and this time was no exception. Coming on the back of what had been a gruelling start to Q4, credit had its fair share of weakness during the months of October and November, December turned...

  • From black gold to sun power

    I was recently amused by a photo which depicted a solar powered house in Malta surrounded by high-rise buildings. It is a pity really, since these situations only serve to deter investment in future proof energy. Solar power is now estimated to be...

  • Shifting investment strategy for 2017

    All major economies have seen the share of consumption in GDP figures go down since 2008. This is especially true in the Eurozone where unemployment has weighed heavily on consumption patterns. The trend is expected to start reversing in 2017. The...

  • December’s ECB verdict and sovereign yields

    In the previous monetary policy committee meeting, the European Central Bank (ECB) indicated that in December's meeting some sort of movement in monetary policy would be communicated. In fact, as promised a change was announced yesterday and to a...

  • November - a hemorrhage month for bond investors

    Over the past months, investment professionals have questioned whether the 30-year old bull market is heading towards an end. Undoubtedly, the month of November proved to be one of the main concerns for bond investors, as yields across the board...

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