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Market Analysis

  • Monetary policy: to buy or not to buy?

    Monetary policy: to buy or not to buy?

    Investors’ attention this week shifts to the awaited policy meetings by the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan, to be held respectively between today and tomorrow. Chances of a further US interest rate hike later today are slim, as Janet...

  • Invest in educating yourself

    Invest in educating yourself

    “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”- Benjamin Franklin Many people from all walks of life have some time or other been interested in investing part of their savings for the creation of wealth. There are many types of...

  • Interpreting the ECB and its dissenters

    It is of no surprise that the tensions between the European Central Bank (ECB) and German leaders has increased over the past days, following the strong boost in terms of stimulus the ECB announced on the 10th March. The relation between both...

  • ASML Holdings Q1 2016 Review

    ASML Holdings Reported first-quarter Sales and Gross margin in Line with guidance yesterday. Headquartered in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, ASML makes the machines that are used to manufacture semiconductors. ASML designs, develops, integrates,...

  • Are conditions right for an emerging market dip?

    Last  weekend’s failure in Doha to reach an oil production agreement amongst the top world producers, had a weaker impact than initially feared on oil prices and financial markets alike, leading questions to be raised on whether markets have...

  • What differentiates a bond from a bond fund?

    There are many misconceptions around the difference between a bond and a bond fund. This article will serve to outline the key differences between both instruments, and what to look out for when investing in each security.  By definition, a bond...

  • US Bank stocks beat the street on lower costs

    Last week US bank stocks led the broader market higher after larger rivals JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America Corp. cut expenses in the first quarter, leaving profits that beat expectations. At Citigroup, Chief Executive Officer Mike Corbat...

  • Will China’s latest economic figures be sustained?

    Will China’s latest economic figures be sustained?

    As many investors are aware, China which is considered as the second largest economy, has a huge impact on developed markets. The recent volatility being experienced over the past months was primarily contributed to the fact that economic data...

  • Investing in theories

    Investing in theories

    While gut feeling appears to be the prevalent ‘theory’ governing investment decisions, there are numerous theories that attempt to explain the market. Probably the most common theory in circulation is the efficient market hypothesis. The efficient...

  • The three musketeers

    The three musketeers

    The International Monetary Fund yesterday cut global growth forecasts to 3.2 per cent down 0.2 percentage points, confirming that weak consumer confidence, financial turbulence and political hostility are three main ongoing risk factors affecting...

  • Currencies – A story you should listen to

    Currencies – A story you should listen to

    Despite all policy intentions, markets have their own life. Central Banks, Governments and Authorities in the past years have made several attempts to prop up ailing economies. The prevalent trend is to weaken one’s currency in order to attract...

  • March cross asset recap

    March cross asset recap

    The wait for the European Central Bank meeting on March 10 characterised the last month of the quarter. The ECB delivered beyond what the market was expecting, although, concerns on the health of the European economy somewhat dampened the mood...

  • Don’t burn the bridges to recovery

    A widening US trade deficit, lower German factory orders and relatively flat Eurozone services PMI. The economic data is disappointing to say the least in supporting global growth expectations and subsequent investor risk-on sentiment. Confidence...

  • Q1 ends on a positive note, but where are we heading now?

    With Q1-16 out of the way, we can comfortably say that for all risky assets (be it equity and fixed income), markets had a bumpy ride – with the selloff witnessed in the latter part of 2015 having a spill-over effect onto the first 6-7 weeks of...

  • The fixed-income story in March

    The fixed-income story in March

    Following a harsh start in 2016, the fixed income market spiked in the month of March, following the further monetary easing by the European Central bank, in addition to the dovish stance taken by the Federal Reserve were it failed to hike the...

  • Embedded options in a fixed income market

    Embedded options in a fixed income market

    Bonds with embedded options are alternative investment strategies available to investors. An option on a bond can take the form of many provisions, though the most commonly used are call or put options. A call option on a bond allows a bond issuer...

  • 81 or AT1?

    81 or AT1?

    It was a busy Friday morning at work, the day after a highly anticipated ECB meeting and together with the rest of the team we were busy coming to terms with the previous day's events and discussed the trading strategy and tactical short term...

  • The best performers in the Euro Stoxx 50 Index

    The best performers in the Euro Stoxx 50 Index

    2016 has so far proven to be a rough ride for European equities as we head towards the end of the first quarter of the year. In the first three months of the year, investors continued to take risk off the table as global growth concerns continued...

  • Central Banks keep credit markets supported, but for how long?

    It is no great secret that currency (FX) markets are said to react quicker than any market class to any market related news, and seem to price in market scenarios well ahead than for example equity and bond markets would. And the recent turn of...

  • Challenging Easter egg hunt for Investors

    Yesterday marked a sad day for Europe as Brussels was hit by multiple terrorist attacks following the capture of the main terror suspect in the Paris bombings over the weekend. Equity markets, notably travel stocks, were quick to drop as a panic...

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