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Market Analysis

  • Brazil’s political saga -- a pity for the largest Latam economy

    Over the past months, one of the most precious emerging countries in terms of economic contribution in the region which stormed over the headlines was undoubtedly Brazil. Considered as one of the largest emerging market economies, Brazil has moved...

  • When markets are down what do the best say?

    Equity markets do not typically go up in a straight line. However, while going through a correction it becomes easier to lose track of long-term goals; panic very rarely makes a good investment tool. The following are some quotes by famous...

  • How effective is monetary policy?

    How effective is monetary policy?

    The risk-off sentiment in financial markets over recent trading sessions has become of bigger concern to many central banks as they struggle to influence consumers and investors alike with their monetary easing measures. The latest disappointment...

  • What are credit ratings?

    What are credit ratings?

    Like all financial instruments, a bond (also known as a fixed [or floating] income instrument) is a financial transaction between two parties, the borrower and the investor. In simple terms, a bond is a loan whereby investors lend money to...

  • Whitbread – a company that’s moving in the right direction

    Whitbread – a company that’s moving in the right direction

    About the company                   Whitbread plc is a multinational hotel, coffee shop and restaurant company headquartered in Dunstable, United Kingdom. Its largest division is Premier Inn, which is the largest hotel brand in the UK with over...

  • Draghi’s bazooka mode

    Yesterday at precisely 1.45pm most market fanatics were surely stuck to their screens, awaiting the much awaited decision by the European Central Bank (ECB). Investors were hoping that this time round, Super Mario would not delude following...

  • Kroger update

    Kroger update

    The Kroger Company is an American retailer founded by Bernard Kroger in 1883 in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is the country's largest supermarket chain by revenue ($103,033,000,000 for 2014), second-largest general retailer (behind Walmart), and 23rd...

  • Consumer confidence: dash or crash? – All eyes on ECB

    If we could summarise market movement over the past week in one word, jittery would best fit the bill. Amidst investor expectations of further quantitative easing to be announced by the ECB tomorrow, in hand with a continued rally in crude oil...

  • What could possibly go wrong?

    Most of my friends know what I do for a living, and I have had countless and endless discussions with them not only about my job by also about theirs over recent years. However, with my 4-year old now at school, my social life is practically her...

  • Anheuser Busch InBev – Tough times expected to persist

    Anheuser Busch InBev is a multinational beverage and brewing company headquartered in Leuven, Belgium. It is the world's largest brewer and has a 25 percent global market share. It has 16 brands that individually generate more than US$ 1 billion...

  • China-mounting pressures over future GDP growth

    China-mounting pressures over future GDP growth

    Over the past 25 years, gross domestic product (GDP) annual growth rate in China averaged 9.88 per cent. However woes of a declining momentum in terms of growth continued to hinder investors’ sentiment, which were recently reflected in market...

  • Bayer AG – A favourite stock for the long term

    Bayer AG – A favourite stock for the long term

    Bayer AG produces and markets healthcare and agricultural products, and polymers. The company manufactures products that include aspirin, antibiotics, anti-infectives, and cardiovascular, oncology, and central nervous system drugs,...

  • Market forecast: overcast

    Market forecast: overcast

    As winter runs its course, the gloomy weather settling around the Eurozone seems to also be dwindling on financial markets. Weak economic data has this week emerged out of the Eurozone, the United Kingdom and China, hand in hand with new dovish...

  • Rollercoaster ride persists in February

    Rollercoaster ride persists in February

    Credit markets carried on in February where they left off in the final trading sessions of January, and that means sharp downward moves and marked spread widening. The turbulence witnessed in risky assets in the first two months of 2016 has been...

  • Unilever NV – hang on to the shares

    Unilever is an Anglo-Dutch multinational consumer goods company co-headquartered in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and London, United Kingdom. Its products include food, beverages, cleaning agents and personal care products. Unilever owns over 400...

  • US Real Estate-an alternative investment opportunity

    Following the market collapse way back in 2008, the real-estate market experienced a rough patch which persisted until 2011, as investors lacked confidence of a possible positive U-turn. Investors’ pre-assumptions were based on the fact that the...

  • Financial flashback

    Financial flashback

    If my memory serves me well, what I remember from 2008 seems to be coming back. Clear in my mind is the commodity bull market that peaked that year. Bhp Billiton and Rio Tinto were all the rage among investors as they competed for every mine on...

  • Bonds, credit ratings and yields

    A bond is a financial instrument made up of two parties, whereby an investor loans out money to a body (either Sovereign or Corporate) which borrows the monies at a pre-determined fixed rate of interest (or variable at times) for a known time...

  • L’Oreal SA – Shares are still ‘worth It’

    L'Oreal SA manufactures, markets, and distributes health and beauty aids. The company produces colorants, styling, and hair care products for professional hairdressers, hair care, cosmetics, and skin care products and perfumes for consumers,...

  • European high yield debt - a threat or an opportunity?

    European high yield debt - a threat or an opportunity?

    Undoubtedly investors weren’t expecting such a harsh negative momentum in the initial months of 2016. Market instability prevailed, equities plunged, spreads widened across the board, while safe havens surged. The 10-year German Bunds re-tested...

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