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Market Analysis

  • 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...

  • Beware of the Fad

    The craze over recent weeks has undoubtedly been around Nintendo’s Pokémon Go app for smartphones. For those, such as myself, unfamiliar with the concept, it consists of catching mini-cartoon figures in real life locations using the phone’s camera...

  • Credit supply and CSPP to dictate spread movement in Eurozone

    At present we have two relatively strong forces at play within the European credit markets. On one end, we’ve got the Corporate Sector Purchase Programme (CSPP), which is merely a form of Quantitative Easing (QE) by the European Central Bank (ECB)...

  • Important company results due

    Tomorrow is an important day in the overseas earnings season as many important companies report results. Below are some of these companies: McDonald’s Corp (MCD US EQUITY - Q216 results out) McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates fast-food...

  • European earnings season ain’t ugly after all

    Companies continue to report results for the first half of this year and it seems the market was too conservative after all. Below are some blue chip European companies which reported results above expectations, paving the way for another good...

  • Turkey, a new reality

    A few years back I was responsible for a fund that invested substantially in Turkey. It may seem odd, but back then, the country had arguably the most technologically advanced banking and telecommunications sectors in Europe. A workforce with the...

  • Coup d’état for Turkey, Coup de vent for investors

    The direction of market confidence isn’t easy of late given the recent set of events and mixed market data emerging around the globe. One would have put the EU on a steady course to recovery a few months back, yet Brexit headwinds, market...

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