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Market Analysis

  • How are credit markets faring this August?

    How are credit markets faring this August?

    So far, this month hasn’t been particularly supportive for credit markets as a slump in commodities, an apparent change in investors’ growth outlook and persistent worries around China and emerging markets more generally took their toll on risk...

  • China currency devaluation a game changer

    China currency devaluation a game changer

    China devalued the yuan again on Wednesday pushing global financial markets to new lows. Equity markets, commodity prices and emerging market currencies all came under pressure as the yuan reached four-year lows. Among the few winners this week,...

  • Shipping movements

    The following ships are expected in Malta: The OPS Hamburg from Mersin to Annaba, the Sena Kalkavan from Varna, the Devon Strait from Bejaia, the Saint Roch from Antalya to Mersin (CMA CGM Malta Agency Ltd), the Laura Ann from Valencia to Tunis...

  • What can the Chinese devaluation bring?

    What can the Chinese devaluation bring?

    Yesterday morning Chinese authorities made yet another move aimed at supporting the Asian economy which seems to have succumbed to speculations that a slowdown is long overdue. After weak trade data, a slump in equity markets (which nevertheless...

  • What makes a portfolio diversified?

    What makes a portfolio diversified?

    Any typical investor holding a portfolio of assets, willing to achieve the maximum possible return for a given level of risk, will undoubtedly wish his/her portfolio of assets to be as diversified as possible. But what does diversification really...

  • Telecoms steal the show this earnings season

    Telecoms steal the show this earnings season

    I must admit I didn’t give much importance to the telecom industry since the start of 2015 and yet it has been one of the best performers so far. Looking back over the years this industry has been disappointing, generating returns below that of...

  • A reviving sector due to generate investment opportunities and challenge the Fed

    A reviving sector due to generate investment opportunities and challenge the Fed

    The US housing market has been in the spotlight over the last few months as monthly statistics consistently pointed towards a healing market. Notwithstanding this, the growth in supply did not help to support a turnaround in homeownership rate.

  • Investing in August

    Investing in August

    Time is passing so fast that sometimes I have to count back to calculate my age. I have this theory that you should never pull the future towards you. All too often we tend to pray for the next weekend, the next holiday and mostly pray for the...

  • Has the Chinese market lost its glitter?

    Has the Chinese market lost its glitter?

    The Chinese equity market is not really my cup of tea (coffee?). I have somewhat of a track record when it comes to European equities and follow a few other US and UK names; enough to be able to keep up a decent conversation. However, I have...

  • Understanding asset allocation decision-making

    Understanding asset allocation decision-making

    Investors with global portfolios of equities and bonds are generally aware that their asset allocation decisions, the proportions of funds they invest in the different asset classes, their regional exposures as well as the degree of currency...

  • European earnings season in full swing

    European earnings season in full swing

    Earning season in Europe is in full swing. Seventy per cent of the companies in the Euro Stoxx 50 and 65 per cent of the companies in the Euro Stoxx 600 have already reported their results for the first half of the year. The majority of companies...

  • Is a hike in Fed’s rate a risk for corporate bonds?

    Is a hike in Fed’s rate a risk for corporate bonds?

    Given the ongoing debate about the imminence of a rate hike in the US, fixed income investors are due to wonder what this would imply for their portfolios. To start with, I would clarify that the yield for a corporate bond can be theoretically...

  • Adding European technology to your long term investments

    Adding European technology to your long term investments

    Headquartered in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, ASML makes the machines that are used to manufacture electronic circuits. ASML designs, develops, integrates, markets and services lithography systems for the semiconductor industry. ASML’s main...

  • Shipping movements

    The following ships are expected in Malta: The Hansa Narvik from Mersin to Mersin, ANL Windarra from Damietta to Genoa, the HH West from Tobruk to Tobruk, the Janina from Sfax to El Khoms (all CMA CGM Malta Agency Ltd), the MV Eurocargo Venezia...

  • What to expect from today’s FOMC meeting

    What to expect from today’s FOMC meeting

    The US Federal Open Market Committee is due to meet today. The meeting, which is not scheduled to have an accompanying press conference, is expected to be somewhat uneventful to say the least, with Yellen expected to indicate possible slight...

  • EUR and US credit – diverging performance in recent weeks

    EUR and US credit – diverging performance in recent weeks

    We’re well into the second week post Greek deal and one would rightly think that the Greek crisis is slowly fading, with credit responding to this through a marked tightening over recent weeks. However, we must be aware that we are not completely...

  • European equities – pro risk as tail risk is easing

    European equities – pro risk as tail risk is easing

    After the excellent performance of European equity markets in the first quarter this year, the Euro Stoxx 50 suffered a drawdown of 14 per cent due to uncertainty of whether Greece would remain part of the Eurozone. Many investors turned risk...

  • Turk Telekom- looking past short term challenges

    Turk Telekom is a large Turkish telecom conglomerate controlling a number of companies with distinct specializations (broadband, mobile services, TV etc); the parent company on the other hand is the incumbent fixed line operator. Turk Telekom has...

  • Equity market opportunities; past and present

    Equity market opportunities; past and present

    Investing is sometimes about being in the right place at the right time. This is especially true for those equity investors that are not strictly in for the very long term, enjoy following their investments and partake in the occasional trade. In...

  • The best of the IBEX

    The best of the IBEX

    When we talk about how the markets are doing throughout the trading session, we normally refer to the DAX, the FTSE or the S&P 500. However, this does not mean that they are the only market indices out there. An index worth looking into is the...

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