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Market Analysis

  • The imperfect storm

    China continues to spark panic in global markets as equity sell-offs over the last week, have spilled over into European and US markets. It may not be long before investors come to a conclusion that global growth is becoming stagnant. The UK was...

  • Markets gear up for US earnings season

    Markets gave investors a crude awakening in the early trading sessions of 2016, with risky assets markedly off the table. From ongoing worries about weaker economic dynamics from China, and the possible implications this could have not only on...

  • Mind the BRICS

    Mind the BRICS

    With the markets starting off the year on a weak note (to say the least) and worries related to the Chinese economy playing a central role in this brisk year debut, a paper published by the World Bank yesterday is highly relevant. As part of its...

  • Understanding dividends

    Understanding dividends

    During periods of low yields and market volatility most experts recommend dividend stocks and funds. This may sound a good advice and history supports this view; however, it is always important to be aware of alternative views as there is no such...

  • Black & Gold

    Black & Gold

    Investors’ champagne glasses were left half raised following the New Year as markets in 2016 began in the red. A global slowdown is gaining credibility following supportive data out of China and the US. It seems the energy sector is continuing to...

  • Weak sentiment spills over from 2015

    Weak sentiment spills over from 2015

    In one of my last articles of 2015, mid-way through December, I had indicated that the volatility witnessed in the latter part of 2015, most notably in Q415, could well be experienced sporadically in 2016, whilst also highlighting the fact that...

  • Dividend aristocrats in 2016

    Dividend aristocrats in 2016

    Dividend aristocrats are US companies which have long track records of increasing their dividend. Companies that have raised their dividend payments for at least 25 consecutive years are known as dividend aristocrats. An investor can get exposure...

  • What’s in store for markets next week?

    What’s in store for markets next week?

    The end of the year is just a few hours away and the events of the year have been widely analysed by those following the financial markets. Meanwhile many of the investors and traders have taken their usual holiday, particularly as the end-2015...

  • Goodbye 2015

    Goodbye 2015

    What a year it has been. 2015 will be one many investors will be eager to forget and welcome in the New Year. A few positives may nonetheless be highlighted, despite being eclipsed by the energy crisis and a global economic slowdown. For one, the...

  • Stocks paying a high dividend

    Stocks paying a high dividend

    2015 is coming to a close and investors start to think of where to invest their hard earned cash in 2016. Interest rates in Europe are expected to remain low in 2016, so bondholders will continue to ways how to complement their fixed income...

  • The pros and cons of offshore investing

    Offshore investing refers to a wide range of investment opportunities that exist outside one’s home country. It is common thought that such strategies strengthen ones portfolio, however the main pros and cons may be listed as...

  • 2016 set to add to post-Christmas Blues

    Volatility seems set to linger throughout global markets in 2016 as investors come to terms with a global slowdown. A number of factors and events will take centre stage respectively in the coming year with core focus on the commodities sector of...

  • Oil supply; the new proxy war

    Oil seems to be on every investor’s mind these days, several of whom seem to desire higher oil prices. There is even this strange notion going round that a low oil price is bad; it is bad for the economy, it is bad for growth, it is bad for markets.

  • A bumpy end of year

    The Federal Reserve’s last monetary meeting of this year passed without any surprises but even so, the first rate hike since the 2007-crisis and the comforting tone of Fed’s Yellen was enough to support a short relief rally. Much has been written...

  • Outlook for equity markets in 2016

    Now that 2015 is coming to an end, investors start thinking and planning on how they could make money in 2016. My opinion is to remain overweight European equities an underweight the US. Some people argue that the situation in Europe and the US is...

  • Shipping movements

    These ships are expected in Malta: The Hoheplate from Annaba to Algiers, the Cerinthus from Bejaia to Djen Djen, the AS Mars from Varna to Avcilar, the AS Palatia from Aliaga to Izmir, the CMA CGM Rigoletto from Colombo to Valencia (all CMA CGM...

  • Weak sentiment dictating growth prospects for 2016

    To say that 2015 was a tumultuous year for commodities would be an understatement. The major commodities across an array of sectors which pretty much are synonymous with global trade are heavily in the red in 2015, from the energy and mining...

  • Caution to set the tone ahead of Fed lift-off

    With the ECB having disappointed investors with the QE extension package (but no mention of any expansion) announced on the 6th December, investors now turn to tomorrow’s Federal Reserve (Fed) meeting where interest rates are strongly expected to...

  • The FX markets

    There are three main functions of the FX market, those being: 1) Transfer functions: converting one currency into another. 2) Credit functions: Provides a line of credit to international and national organisations. 3) Hedging function: used so as...

  • ECB meeting post mortem

    ECB meeting post mortem

    Putting it mildly, last week was an anti-climax. We had already planned the victory party all the way to Christmas and stood champagne in hand when Super Mario appeared on screen. The European Central Bank ‘did’ add to the Quantitative Easing...

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