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  • Peru: Latin America’s gem

    Peru: Latin America’s gem

    It was just a little under a year ago that I embarked on a three-week adventure in Peru and Colombia. If I could do it all over again, I would in a heartbeat. The beauty and colourful landscapes Peru has to offer are diverse and no words can...

  • A rate hike and its impact on the bond market

    Undoubtedly, fixed income market participants are now concerned about the impact of a possible rate hike by the Federal Reserve (Fed) on their dollar denominated allocation. The situation in Europe surely fails to mirror image the latter...

  • The numbers behind tourism giant Thomas Cook

    The travel market, particularly in Europe and the Northern African region has been under significant stress following the attacks seen in Tunisia, Paris, Istanbul and Brussels amongst others throughout the year. One could expect the bout of...

  • Medserv retreats to a 5-month low

    The MSE Share Index climbed to its highest level in the last seven trading sessions as it rebounded by 0.40 per cent to 4,441.312 points. The positive performance of the Index was mainly as a result of the uplift in the share price of GO.

  • All eyes on Jackson Hole

    With markets remaining in ultra-accommodative for most of the summer, all eyes are inevitably shifting once again focus on central banks in the developed world; and we’ve got a flurry of key central bank meetings to contend with over the next four...

  • The bond market and the sustained monetary easing

    The bond market and the sustained monetary easing

    It is to no surprise that the second largest asset class, the fixed-income market, continued its rally over the past days. Market expectations of increased monetary policy has pushed yields towards record lows with some analysts now questioning...

  • Potential of further QE in Europe driving equities higher

    Potential of further QE in Europe driving equities higher

    European stocks closed 1.13 per cent down yesterday as investors awaited minutes from the Federal Reserve gauge whether market analysts were taking the possibility of a rate hike too lightly. This was the fourth day that the European Stoxx 600...

  • Keep following the indicators

    Investing in financial markets requires its fair share of decision making. Assuming individuals are rational in their decisions, market knowledge would want to be known beforehand for a better understanding of the state an economy is in. In...

  • It's all about the coupon

    It's all about the coupon

    A fixed income instrument (bond) is a financial instrument which, at inception, involves the exchange of monies between two parties to a transaction in exchange for claims on the underlying features and characteristics of the bond. Simply put, a...

  • L'Oreal - A key holding in your equity portfolio

    L’Oreal is a global cosmetics group that operates in 130 countries worldwide with major brands including L’Oreal Paris, Garnier, Lancôme, The Body Shop and Maybelline New York. About the Shares L’Oreal shares are up 15% year-to-date compared to...

  • Peppa Pig goes on sale

    Entertainment One is a Canadian media distribution company. Based in Toronto, Ontario, the Company is primarily involved in the acquisition, distribution, and production of entertainment content, including films, television series, and music. It...

  • Britain’s J-Curve effect

    It is tough writing on a new topic every week, when persistent volatility leads to déjà vu scenarios as seen over recent months. The Bank of England is expected to maintain accommodative monetary policy measures following recent data...

  • HSBC continues to drag share index lower

    HSBC continues to drag share index lower

    The MSE Share Index shed a further 0.3 per cent during this morning’s session to a fresh 9-month low of 4,404.807 points largely due to the second consecutive daily decline in the share price of HSBC Bank Malta plc. Following last Friday’s 2.4 per...

  • The BOE and its warranted easing move

    The BOE and its warranted easing move

    Undoubtedly the market was pricing some sort of action from the Bank of England (BOE), as the Brexit repercussions on the economy would turn severe if no action plan was in place. The interesting bit, is the fact that markets possibly failed to...

  • Why did Yahoo! fail?

    Why did Yahoo! fail?

    Yahoo! was a household name before Google. However, somehow, Yahoo got it wrong. And while an easy answer does not exist, a quick search on the search engine provides valuable hints towards understanding why the most popular web portal of the late...

  • Credit gains further ground in July

    Credit gains further ground in July

    Credit markets clocked in yet a remarkable month in July, and the grind tighter continued. Fixed income proved to be, once again, the most defensive asset class of the lot. In the aftermath of the Brexit vote, and the failed coups d'état in Turkey...

  • The heroes of the Euro Stoxx 50 Index

    The heroes of the Euro Stoxx 50 Index

    The Euro Stoxx 50 is down 9% year-to-date, however, there are stocks within the index which are rallying like there is no tomorrow. Despite all the negative uncertainty surrounding global growth, the market is now pricing in further expansionary...

  • Interest rate risk – what is it all about?

    Bonds (or fixed income instruments) as well as bond funds (also known as collective investment schemes or mutual funds) are rightly-so classified and categorised to be at the lower end of the risk spectrum of asset classes within global capital...

  • Equity star performers of the week

    Equity markets are on a role and this earnings season has taken markets by surprise. With global growth concerns and the recent negative events such as Brexit, investors feared earnings season would be more of the same bad news. But the opposite...

  • MSE Share Index rebounds amid a quiet session

    After registering four consecutive daily declines, the MSE Share Index edged up by 0.17 per cent to 4,466.235 points today. Activity was limited to just three shares, with two of them (BOV and Mapfre Middlesea) registering gains whilst MPC closed...

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