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Market Analysis

  • Have markets had enough of central banks?

    Have markets had enough of central banks?

    I think the markets have had enough of central banks, for the time being. Undoubtedly, the world’s leading central banks have taken the limelight this month and have driven both sentiment and dictated market direction in the run up to each...

  • Portfolio risk vs asset risk

    Portfolios of retail investors are generally composed of a number of diverse asset types. The level or tolerance to risk between one investor and another differs and hence, not only the composition of portfolios but also the diversity in terms of...

  • ETFs with a different geographical focus

    Many investors do not take advantage of diversified Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) when they create a strategic asset allocation for their portfolio and the need for diversification. Below is an explanation of what an ETF is and also five ETFs with...

  • MSE Share Index halts 3-day negative streak

    After closing lower for the last three trading sessions, the MSE Share Index edged up by 0.22 per cent to 4,424.942 points today, reflecting the gains in the share prices of MIA, BOV, GO and MPC. Meanwhile, the three other active equities all...

  • Growing monopolisation in agriculture

    Growing monopolisation in agriculture

    The latest merger announcement between the pharmaceutical and agricultural giants, Bayer and Monsanto, represents the growing trend towards monopoly and overall market dominance. The prospect of this merger, compounded in significance by the...

  • Monsanto accept Bayer deal

    Monsanto accept Bayer deal

    Bayer first made an unsolicited offer for Monsanto of $122 a share in May this year. At the time Monsanto was trading in the high 80s; following the announcement the share price shot to over $110 per share. Monsanto rejected the deal though adding...

  • Cruising the Danube – keep an eye on the spread

    Cruising the Danube – keep an eye on the spread

    Having just returned from Budapest, one would not easily notice that the country is in the middle of a tough anti-immigration stance under fire by the European parliament. What I did notice however, was a deeper pocket in my jeans upon my return,...

  • Reinvestment risk

    Reinvestment risk

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

  • Going defensive? Buy consumer staples!

    Markets have rallied strong in the build-up to the European Central Bank meeting last week. However, Mario Draghi disappointed markets as he did not announce any new form of Quantitative Easing.It’s normal that markets correct followign a...

  • Ball back in ECB’s court - what options are left?

    The European Central Bank (ECB) meeting tomorrow seems to have markets expecting additional quantitative easing measures to be unrolled. Eurozone data has been flat to weak over recent months and questions are being asked as to what further assets...

  • RS2 share price drops to a near 10-month low

    RS2 share price drops to a near 10-month low

    The MSE Share Index extended yesterday’s negative performance by a further 0.44 per cent to 4,441.442 points as the declines in the share prices of six equities outweighed the gains registered in BOV and GO. Most notably, the 4.0 per cent fall in...

  • Credit resilient ahead of key central bank meetings

    With August out of the way, it is safe to say that all asset classes have come out of the gruelling summer months relatively unscathed. Pretty uncharacteristic for this time of the year. Credit and equity markets across both sides of the Atlantic...

  • Apple sends an invitation: 'See you on the 7th'

    On Wednesday September 7, Apple invited the media to an event in which it is expected to launch a series of new products including: iPhone 7 - The iPhone 7 will drop the headphone jack, include a new home button with haptic feedback, and look lot...

  • 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...

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