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  • RS2 & HSBC pull the MSE Share Index lower

    RS2 & HSBC pull the MSE Share Index lower

    The MSE Share Index extended last Friday’s decline as it opened the week with a minimal drop of 0.03 per cent to 4,478.669 points. The performance of the local equity index was negatively affected by the decline in the share prices of RS2 and HSBC...

  • Trading activity surges to a 3-month high

    Trading activity surges to a 3-month high

    The MSE Share Index closed in positive territory for the third consecutive day today as it gained 0.05per cent to 4,482.213 points (its highest level in almost four weeks). Most notably, the total value of traded equities surged to a three-month...

  • MSE Share Index climbs to a near 3-week high

    MSE Share Index climbs to a near 3-week high

    The MSE Share Index opened the week on a positive note as it edged up by 0.19 per cent to its highest level this month of 4,468.534 points. Activity was spread across ten equities with three share prices registering gains, another three closing...

  • Brexit concerns

    Polls have never been perfect as evidenced by recent UK election forecasts. However, the trend that is developing as the Brexit vote approaches is evidently turning towards the ‘Out’ vote. And while neither camp is ready to commit themselves, the...

  • Fasten your seat belts – turbulence ahead

    It seems as though efforts to seek an adequate risk-reward trade-off are proving difficult to futile for many. The German 10Y Bund has historically broken the zero yield barrier yesterday as investor monies continue to rush into safe haven assets,...

  • FIMBank reaches a new six-year high

    FIMBank reaches a new six-year high

    The MSE Share Index recovered some of yesterday’s losses and rebounded from its lowest level in five-months. The Index added 0.11 per cent today to 4,436.520 points. Trading activity was spread across ten equities with four share prices...

  • We’re living in uncertain times

    Investors have quite a few issues to contend with these days, and most of them are quite a tough nut to crack. Is the fresh wave of QE by the ECB going to have its intended outcome? When is economic activity in the Eurozone going to finally pick...

  • Sins of an investor

    Many investors are unable to generate positive returns in a portfolio because of wrong decisions taken at the wrong time. Below are 5 most common mistakes investors make when they manage their portfolios: Halo effect – A company with a good growth...

  • Why do most bonds trade OTC?

    Why do most bonds trade OTC?

    Following the issuance of bonds on the primary market, bonds can either trade on an exchange or what is known as Over-The-Counter (OTC). In Malta, both government and corporate bonds trade on the Malta Stock Exchange (MSE) from one MSE account to...

  • Overconfidence bias

    Overconfidence bias is a bias in which people demonstrate unwarranted faith in their own intuitive reasoning, judgements and/or cognitive abilities. This overconfidence may be the result of overestimating knowledge levels, abilities and access to...

  • MSE Share Index retreats to a near 5-month low

    The MSE Share Index posted its third consecutive daily negative performance today as it eased by a further 0.22 per cent to 4,433.079 points – the lowest level since mid-January 2016. Trading activity was spread across eight shares, with two...

  • OECD – Low Growth Trap for the Global Economy

    OECD – Low Growth Trap for the Global Economy

    On Wednesday, the OECD said that the world’s economy is trapped in a weak growth environment and vulnerable to falling into another deep downturn unless governments take urgent action. Soft demand has discouraged investment and lead to a downgrade...

  • Sell in May and go away? Not quite

    Sell in May and go away? Not quite…not this time round…well at least as far as risky assets both in the US and the Eurozone are concerned. During the month of May, European and US High Yield markets registered an increase of 0.09% and 0.64%...

  • Markets take cue from Yellen’s comments

    US Federal Reserve Chairperson Janet Yellen spoke at Harvard University on a number of issues, namely on the financial crisis which emanated during 2007-2008 but most importantly when asked about the FOMC’s current monetary policy stance, she...

  • Malta Stock Exchange hits a 15-week low

    Malta Stock Exchange hits a 15-week low

    The MSE Share Index trended into negative territory for the seventh time in the last eight sessions with a further 0.2 per cent decline during this morning’s session to a fresh 15-week low of 4,464.315 points. The value traded during today’s...

  • Endowment bias

      Endowment bias is an emotional bias in which people value an asset more when they actually own it than when they do not. Endowment bias is inconsistent with standard economic theory, which asserts that the price a person is willing to pay for a...

  • ECB buying corporate debt- any consequences?

    As most market participants might be aware, one of the most prominent actions taken by the European Central Bank (ECB), which hit the headlines on the 10th of March was the ECB’s expansion in terms of quantitative easing (QE) in regard the...

  • Multinational corporations and translation effects

    A multinational corporation is one whose operations are set up in one or more jurisdictions other than the domestic country of the company. When a company reports its financial statements, usually on a quarterly basis, results are usually...

  • Deal or no deal? - Bayer versus Monsanto

    Deal or no deal? - Bayer versus Monsanto

    About Bayer AG (market cap €71 billion) Bayer AG produces and markets healthcare and agricultural products, and polymers. The Company manufactures products that include aspirin, antibiotics, anti-infectives, and cardiovascular, oncology, and...

  • How has credit fared so far in May?

    How has credit fared so far in May?

    The sharp tightening trend from mid-February to the end of April has ended. News from China is seemingly deteriorating, US profit figures have been choppy whilst interest rate expectations in the US may start rising rather than remaining in the...

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