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Market Analysis

  • EM and the selective overweight rationale

    EM and the selective overweight rationale

    As I have opined in my previous writings, investors tend to monitor the movement in the US in confront of major emerging market (EM) currencies due to the sensitivity element. In theory EM dollar denominated debt tend to weaken in value when the...

  • Maltese investors and interest payments

    Maltese investors and interest payments

    It is often bewildering how often investors refuse to accept good advice, and a particularly persistent stumbling block is investor’s reluctance to invest in anything that does not pay interest. I cannot pretend to have researched the subject, but...

  • Why Le Pen won’t work

    Why Le Pen won’t work

    Sunday’s first round vote in the French elections produced no surprises as both frontrunners, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, progressed to the second round vote, to be held on May 7, whereby one of the two will become the successor to current...

  • Rally in credit markets loses steam in March

     Credit markets across both sides of the Atlantic, and beyond had a mixed month and had muted returns within some regions, notably in European High Yield and Emerging Market High Yield markets, both registering gains of 0.08%. Investment Grade...

  • European political risk to subside

    European political risk to subside

    The Trump victory in the United States may have represented the peak for the populist movement that seemed to be sweeping across the Western World. 2016, which featured Brexit and Trump’s presidential victory, was the worst year ever for...

  • Markets at the mercy of politics

    Markets at the mercy of politics

    One would have thought that the toughest obstacle for Donald Trump would have been limited to the presidential election win. Yet, two months into his tenure, Trump has failed to gather the needed support in congress to implement his proposed...

  • 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...

  • Sourcing the positives from negative fundamentals

    Invest only if profitable right? This is not the case and it depends a great deal on the business cycle of a company and asset class for that matter, along with the underlying fundamentals. Profits are one of the main factors investors look for in...

  • Understanding asset allocation decision-making

    Understanding asset allocation decision-making

    Investors with global portfolios of equities and bonds are generally aware that their asset allocation decisions, the proportions of funds they invest in the different asset classes, their regional exposures as well as the degree of currency...

  • Monsanto shares: time to buy?

    Monsanto shares: time to buy?

    About the company Monsanto Company is a publicly traded American multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation. It is headquartered in Creve Coeur, Greater St. Louis, Missouri. Monsanto is a leading producer of genetically...

  • When to jump off the buy to rent wagon?

    When to jump off the buy to rent wagon?

    Real estate has always proved to be an investment opportunity popular with many investors. Locally, the trend is popular and has been picking up over the years, especially amongst young adults, intrigued by making profitable rental income over and...

  • Planning for retirement: a long-term process

    Planning for retirement: a long-term process

    Fixed income and equity assets have had a remarkable run over recent months, with bond yields (sovereign and corporate, investment grade and high yield) at record lows and (most) Equity Indices trading at record highs (or perhaps slightly off...

  • Is Japan’s perceived cost of living a misconception?

    Having just returned home and still bearing the brunt of jetlag, I can say that Japan, the second most developed nation in the world, was a sight worth seeing. Many cultural miles away to the norm we are used to, the experiences absorbed were a...

  • Understanding risk-adjusted returns

    In the industry, we are accustomed to reading primarily how investments have fared in terms of total returns. Because let’s face it, in essence, that it was matters most to investors right? It’s the percentage points that really matter most to an...

  • Time to invest in Danone shares?

    Danone is a French multinational food-products corporation based in Paris. It has four business lines: Fresh Dairy products, Waters, Early Life Nutrition and Medical Nutrition. The company is listed on Euronext Paris and on the OTCQX market via an...

  • European equity favourites

    European equity favourites

    In spite of fears that a correction is on the cards, European equities continue to edge upwards. Hints of an economic recovery, signs of possible inflation, an interest rate outlook that is has changed direction and a bond market that is losing...

  • Emerging Markets: Is there room for more upside?

    Emerging markets (EM) were vastly hit at the peak of the global commodity crisis, yet a turnaround has somewhat been on the cards since the beginning of 2016. There is potential for further positive momentum, but what challenges lie in the way of...

  • Eurozone, interest rates and the reflation trade

    The rate of growth in the single currency region continued to gather steam in the last months of 2016, with the leading indicators and key economic data releases so far this year pointing towards persistence in this trajectory and momentum in growth.

  • Allianz – Share buyback

    Allianz reported solid earnings last week, along with a promised €3 billion share buyback, A strong Solvency II ratio and a higher than expected dividend of €7.60 per share. The results are nothing but positive for holders of Allianz shares. The...

  • Factoring interest rates in investment decisions

    Factoring interest rates in investment decisions

    Rates of interest and the forecasting of their future values/rates are among one of the most important criteria which need due consideration when taking an investment decision. When the term interest rates comes to mind, one might easily relate...

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