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Market Analysis

  • The emotions of markets

    The emotions of markets

    Human beings are emotional creatures, and it is through emotion that most of us base our day to day decision making processes. The buying and selling of stocks and shares are driven by the demand of buyers and sellers, however it is believed that...

  • MSE Share Index dragged down by HSBC

    The MSE Share Index eased 0.17% lower to 4,333.534 points on the stock exchange today as the positive performance of four equities was outweighed by the decline in HSBC. Trading volumes once again remained subdued possibly as a result of the...

  • What is certain is that uncertainty is here to stay

    What is certain is that uncertainty is here to stay

    I am writing this article just a couple of days after having attended a European Credit Conference in London last week, organised by one of the largest Investment Banks, with over 1,200 attendees. With 48 sessions, across eight different themed...

  • Finding opportunity after a Black Swan event

    Last week, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing when it was announced that the company that I considered as a benchmark for integrity was accused of cheating and manipulating emission controls in their engines. The worst was that this was all true.

  • How exposed is the bond market to automakers?

    How exposed is the bond market to automakers?

    With investors still trying to digest the scandal around (real) car emissions, fears are emerging that this could evolve into more than an issuer-specific risk. To begin with, there are worries that other automakers have tricked customers into...

  • The need for 'smart' production

    Safety Starting with safety, in most industrialized countries, statistics reveal that accidents are one of the most significant causes of lost working days – in many countries an accident is defined as something which ‘causes disablement for more...

  • Credit markets following last week’s FOMC meeting

    Credit markets are still considered to be in their 30-or-so-year bull run, but this does not mean that it does not have its fair share of issues. Apart from the fact that yields are trading significantly below their historical averages, the...

  • What the average airline can learn from Ryanair

    How many times have you travelled with a budget airline, only to leave with a feeling of regret? It is logical that for the low price you paid, you’re not getting a first class service; yet despite this logic airlines’ direct relentless efforts to...

  • No change in interest rate is a change in yields

    No change in interest rate is a change in yields

    Yesterday the Federal Reserve (Fed) concluded its September monetary policy meeting without any change in its key interest rate. While the decision has become a consensus call in the aftermath of the Chinese-induced volatility shock, it was not...

  • Kroger’s recent success story

    Kroger’s recent success story

    People in general like to feel good about themselves. This relationship has aided in generating business opportunities the world over; such as fancy gym memberships, protein shakes that sound like they came out of a sci-fi movie, and yes, even...

  • What if Netflix came to Malta?

    What if Netflix came to Malta?

    Let’s be honest with ourselves, how many of us actually still watch television on a regular basis? Whether it’s sports, a movie or that latest episode which we absolutely must watch, a large majority now would rather stream at their own...

  • FOMC – managing investors’ expectations

    FOMC – managing investors’ expectations

    One of my first mentors once told me that financial markets will always have a key event to focus on, which event (its build up, outcome and aftermath) will result in a bout of market volatility and hence trading opportunities. And this summer was...

  • Important dates for capital markets

    When I look back at the first eight and a half months of the year, it has definitely been an eventful one for the equity markets. Quantitative easing, earnings season, the Greek drama and now China’s slowdown have all contributed to increase...

  • Leaders are becoming laggards

    Leaders are becoming laggards

    The emerging markets have made the headlines this year with the connotations becoming more and more negative as the year progressed. There were various reasons for this, but the prevalent themes have been the weakness in the commodities market and...

  • IFA and Apple I/O

    IFA in Berlin is an annual, global, trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances. With companies that attend from over 100 different countries, the 2015 edition has just come to a close, with the tech industry now buzzing over new...

  • Shipping movements

    The following ships are expected in Malta: The Karina from Algiers to Algiers, the CMA CGM Medea from Port Kelang to Valencia, the EU Aukland from Bar to Bar (all CMA CGM Malta Agency Ltd), the MV Eurocargo Malta from Genoa to Livorno (Sullivan...

  • Government yields this September

    After a volatile few months the outlook for sovereign yields continues to remain somewhat controversial, and the short term trend is perhaps even harder to anticipate given the recent developments on the global macroeconomic scene.  To start with,...

  • Countdown to the September FOMC meeting

    Last Thursday was an important day for capital markets as the ECB addressed investors’ concerns. During the meeting, the ECB President Mario Draghi lowered the committee’s forecast for growth in Euroland to 1.4%, 1.7% and 1.8% in 2015, 2016 and...

  • Investing in volatile markets

    If you are wondering when the right time is to invest in times of heightened volatility and do not have a clear answer, you are not alone. This is a conundrum all investors face, from highly sophisticated investors to inexperienced investors. What...

  • The importance of tech in the financial markets

    The importance of tech in the financial markets

    As a society, we have come a long way from bartering livestock and calculating price/value of an object/service with a scale. Even here in Malta, one may say that technology has finally been embraced by the majority of its inhabitants, with the...

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