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Market Analysis

  • Credit – where do we go from here?

    Credit – where do we go from here?

    Believe it or not, we’re already almost in the mid-way mark in October and we’ve entered the final stretch of 2016, with credit markets having had their better share of what was a rollercoaster ride in the first few months of the year. The rally...

  • Google dominating our lifestyle

    A few months back, during an interview on artificial intelligence, Elan Musk said that of all the companies working on self-aware computers only ‘one certain firm’ worried him. It does not take much imagination to conclude that in all probability...

  • Avoiding Red October and beyond

    September has seen two central bank meetings, an oil agreement struck and persistent uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the upcoming US elections. Throughout the month, the bond market generated mixed returns across the board, with the BOFA ML...

  • Bonds funds, the duration concept and the current scenario

    Bonds funds, the duration concept and the current scenario

    Unfortunately, few investors give the necessary importance to the duration concept. Initially investors should make a clear distinction between ‘duration’ and ‘modified duration’. The former is basically the duration of the bond, i.e. years to...

  • NXP Semiconductors pushing the boundary of the internet of things

    NXP Semiconductors pushing the boundary of the internet of things

    The roller coaster ride in equity markets experienced in the past few years has led many to believe that somehow industrial innovation has stood still. This is far from the truth; the boundary that limits everyday life is being pushed aggressively...

  • 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...

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