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Market Analysis

  • 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...

  • Dissecting equity markets

    Dissecting equity markets

    From where I stand most market analysts and our own estimates are still nowhere near current market prices. As a matter of fact the upside that exists between our price targets and markets prices is consistently above 20 per cent. As an example;...

  • Inflection point?

    Inflection point?

    The risk-off sentiment seen in financial markets since the beginning of the year continues to steer and prolong volatility across the globe. Rightly so, the lack of clarity in Chinese data figures, poor Eurozone growth, a slowing US economy as...

  • Following volatile start to 2016, is it time to dip in?

    If we thought that the worst of the market correction and volatility in emerging markets and commodities in the latter trading sessions of 2015 was over our shoulders, we were mistaken. Markets woke up to a crude awakening in the first 6 weeks of...

  • Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton – buying luxury at a cheap price

    Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton – buying luxury at a cheap price

    About the company LVMH is a French multinational luxury goods conglomerate, headquartered in Paris. The company was formed by the 1987 merger of fashion house Louis Vuitton with Moët Hennessy, a company formed after the 1971 merger between the...

  • Venezuela – can default be avoided?

    The volatility in oil prices which prevailed the headlines over the past months continued to push Venezuela towards distressed levels, which in turn resulted in an increasing default rate. The model which was adopted by the late Hugo Chavez, in...

  • Day trading tips

    Day trading tips

    One of the side effects from the recent volatility in the price of oil has been the increase in day trading. The availability and ease with which trading accounts can be opened is furthermore contributing to its increasing popularity. Day trading...

  • The paranoia of buying bonds below par

    Family and friends came over to our place over the fun filled carnival weekend. The children were enthusiastic, playing and speaking about their costumes whilst the grownups gathered around the dining room table for some tea and biscuits, an ideal...

  • Bayer AG – Hanging on to a winner

    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,...

  • Emerging market debt, Brazil in focus

    Emerging market debt, Brazil in focus

    In 2015 Emerging Market High Yield Debt (EMHB) manged to lock a total return of 3.2 per cent as per the BOFA Merrill Lynch High Yield Emerging market index, with the registered return being solely generated from carry return (7.5 per cent), which...

  • 2016; fasten your seat belts

    2016; fasten your seat belts

    Global markets have been on a roller coaster ride since the opening sessions of 2016. The brutal volatility spared no-one. Equities, currencies, commodities, bonds (both investment grade and high yield) all went through massive price movements...

  • Is a mini recovery presenting itself?

    Is a mini recovery presenting itself?

    A bit of positive economic data has presented itself this week, marking an improvement in eurozone data albeit negative unemployment figures and PMI data out of Italy. Germany continues to be the pillar of the eurozone recovery as unemployment...

  • Volatility was the order of the day during January

    The first month of 2016 can be described as a tale of two halves, with EM weakness and disappointing global economic data leading risky assets lower in the first half, with the second half characterised by some form of market friendly tones and...

  • Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser) update

    Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser) update

    Anheuser-Busch sells $47 billion worth of the liquid every year, boasting an absurdly high 24 per cent profit margin and inspiring some of the strongest customer loyalty. In essence Anheuser-Busch is one of those massive companies that can do...

  • US Speculative Credit a prime laggard in 2015, what about 2016?

    Surely 2015 will be marked as one of the worst performances, in terms of total return for the US High yield market over the past years. Undoubtedly, the commodity sector emerged as one of the main drags for the US junk market with notable flagging...

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