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Market Analysis

  • Investing in volatile markets

    If you are wondering when the right time is to invest in times of heightened volatility and do not have a clear answer, you are not alone. This is a conundrum all investors face, from highly sophisticated investors to inexperienced investors. What...

  • The importance of tech in the financial markets

    The importance of tech in the financial markets

    As a society, we have come a long way from bartering livestock and calculating price/value of an object/service with a scale. Even here in Malta, one may say that technology has finally been embraced by the majority of its inhabitants, with the...

  • The importance of financial planning and how it should be done

    The importance of financial planning and how it should be done

    Proper planning has won battles, ended wars, and enables the average student to finish his/her assignments on time. It is with this notion that planning has been and is being used in most areas of business, so as to achieve the desired results. In...

  • August and everything after

    August and everything after

    Global markets were rattled during the month of August, with the volatility index reaching levels not seen since the summer of 2011, an intra-day high of 53 on August 24, 2014, as fears of a slowdown in China sent shivers down investors’...

  • Analysing crude oil and equity markets

    Last Monday was a day many investors want to erase from their memory as the stock market wiped out substantial amounts of profit from their portfolio. The aggressiveness of the sell-off led to comparisons with the stock market crash in 2008 as...

  • Shipping movements

    These ships are expected in Malta: The MV Eurocargo Malta from Genoa to Livorno (Sullivan Maritime), the Maersk Funchal from Algiers to Algiers (Thomas Smith Shipping Ltd) and the Hansa Narvik from Antalya to Mersin, the Stjerneborg from Tripoli...

  • Eurozone Q215 GDP – picking up the pieces

    The timing of the GDP data released 12-days ago, given the peak of the summer months where traders, investors and analysts alike lighten up on their workload and take time off, did nothing to quash fears that the economic recovery in the Eurozone,...

  • China - my take on current developments

    China is clearly causing markets to tumble and tremble, and here I am not only referring to Chinese equity markets but risky assets in general; namely global equities, lower rated bonds and those asset classes which are exposed to the global...

  • A niche segment of the financial sector

    With roots back to 1898, Lindorff is a European credit management service provider offering mainly debt collection and debt purchase services. Regarding the first operational segment, Lindorff acts as a third party that collects overdue debts,...

  • Disney: is it a dream come true?

    When I think of Disney I remember those classic cartoons and musicals that used to fill my head with wonder, that magical place called Disneyland that only a lucky few kids got to experience, and of course the mouse. Not once did I think of Disney...

  • Louis Vuitton – You’re better off with the shares than the bag

    When someone mentions Louis Vuitton, the first thing that comes to mind is a handbag and the second is the price tag that comes with it. If I had €5000 to spend on Louis Vuitton, I would ignore the bag and go straight for the shares. The thrill of...

  • Apple: let the music play

    It’s common knowledge that with the introduction of high speed internet access the music industry has changed forever. Throughout the last ten years companies such as Pandora, Spotify, Last FM, and Google Play; to name a few, have been fighting...

  • How are credit markets faring this August?

    How are credit markets faring this August?

    So far, this month hasn’t been particularly supportive for credit markets as a slump in commodities, an apparent change in investors’ growth outlook and persistent worries around China and emerging markets more generally took their toll on risk...

  • China currency devaluation a game changer

    China currency devaluation a game changer

    China devalued the yuan again on Wednesday pushing global financial markets to new lows. Equity markets, commodity prices and emerging market currencies all came under pressure as the yuan reached four-year lows. Among the few winners this week,...

  • Shipping movements

    The following ships are expected in Malta: The OPS Hamburg from Mersin to Annaba, the Sena Kalkavan from Varna, the Devon Strait from Bejaia, the Saint Roch from Antalya to Mersin (CMA CGM Malta Agency Ltd), the Laura Ann from Valencia to Tunis...

  • What can the Chinese devaluation bring?

    What can the Chinese devaluation bring?

    Yesterday morning Chinese authorities made yet another move aimed at supporting the Asian economy which seems to have succumbed to speculations that a slowdown is long overdue. After weak trade data, a slump in equity markets (which nevertheless...

  • What makes a portfolio diversified?

    What makes a portfolio diversified?

    Any typical investor holding a portfolio of assets, willing to achieve the maximum possible return for a given level of risk, will undoubtedly wish his/her portfolio of assets to be as diversified as possible. But what does diversification really...

  • Telecoms steal the show this earnings season

    Telecoms steal the show this earnings season

    I must admit I didn’t give much importance to the telecom industry since the start of 2015 and yet it has been one of the best performers so far. Looking back over the years this industry has been disappointing, generating returns below that of...

  • A reviving sector due to generate investment opportunities and challenge the Fed

    A reviving sector due to generate investment opportunities and challenge the Fed

    The US housing market has been in the spotlight over the last few months as monthly statistics consistently pointed towards a healing market. Notwithstanding this, the growth in supply did not help to support a turnaround in homeownership rate.

  • Investing in August

    Investing in August

    Time is passing so fast that sometimes I have to count back to calculate my age. I have this theory that you should never pull the future towards you. All too often we tend to pray for the next weekend, the next holiday and mostly pray for the...

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