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Market Analysis

  • ECB’s Mario Draghi’s tone keeps market mood upbeat

    ECB’s Mario Draghi’s tone keeps market mood upbeat

    This week has been a busy week in terms of macro-economic data. Monday was a muted day with the US closed on holiday, but Tuesday made up for the previous day’s lack of data. Inflationary data surprised to the upside in the UK (although there was...

  • How dividends may affect stock prices

    How dividends may affect stock prices

    Stocks that pay consistent dividends are popular among investors. Though dividends are not guaranteed on common stock, many companies pride themselves on generously rewarding shareholders with consistent – and sometimes increasing – dividends each...

  • Caution: mind your step

    Caution: mind your step

    The performance in global markets year to date has done little to convince us that the US will raise interest rates further, or that oil prices are ready to stabilise any time soon, at least for the first half of the year. The recent sanctions...

  • Markets bruised, but are we in for more?

    Markets bruised, but are we in for more?

    We were aware that, heading into the new year, markets would be faced with headwinds due to the fragile state not only of capital markets in general but also commodities, emerging markets and the pace of the global economic recovery. However, few...

  • Bonds vs funds

    Bonds vs funds

    Quite frankly, a bond is a loan. You are not investing in the company and getting a share, you’re letting a company or government entity borrow your cash. Some bonds really are safe, but others are far riskier, however different types of companies...

  • How sensitive is ECB to recent developments?

    The last few trading days provided no respite to investors who by now are likely becoming more and more accustomed to the increase in volatility and the challenging market conditions. Commodities, emerging markets slowdown, China related worries,...

  • A difficult start to the year

    Hopefully the rest of the year will help us forget the horrific start of 2016 where over a few days all hard earned gains from 2015 were wiped out. If morning shows the day and January is a prelude for things to come then 2016 will definitely be a...

  • Shipping movements

    These ships are expected in Malta: The Hansa Oldenburg from Alexandria to Alexandria, the Saint Roch from Tripoli to El Khoms, the Conti Salome from Kingston to Livorno, the Avonmoor to Misurata, the JSP Levante (ex-El Toro) from Algiers to...

  • The imperfect storm

    China continues to spark panic in global markets as equity sell-offs over the last week, have spilled over into European and US markets. It may not be long before investors come to a conclusion that global growth is becoming stagnant. The UK was...

  • Markets gear up for US earnings season

    Markets gave investors a crude awakening in the early trading sessions of 2016, with risky assets markedly off the table. From ongoing worries about weaker economic dynamics from China, and the possible implications this could have not only on...

  • Mind the BRICS

    Mind the BRICS

    With the markets starting off the year on a weak note (to say the least) and worries related to the Chinese economy playing a central role in this brisk year debut, a paper published by the World Bank yesterday is highly relevant. As part of its...

  • Understanding dividends

    Understanding dividends

    During periods of low yields and market volatility most experts recommend dividend stocks and funds. This may sound a good advice and history supports this view; however, it is always important to be aware of alternative views as there is no such...

  • Black & Gold

    Black & Gold

    Investors’ champagne glasses were left half raised following the New Year as markets in 2016 began in the red. A global slowdown is gaining credibility following supportive data out of China and the US. It seems the energy sector is continuing to...

  • Weak sentiment spills over from 2015

    Weak sentiment spills over from 2015

    In one of my last articles of 2015, mid-way through December, I had indicated that the volatility witnessed in the latter part of 2015, most notably in Q415, could well be experienced sporadically in 2016, whilst also highlighting the fact that...

  • Dividend aristocrats in 2016

    Dividend aristocrats in 2016

    Dividend aristocrats are US companies which have long track records of increasing their dividend. Companies that have raised their dividend payments for at least 25 consecutive years are known as dividend aristocrats. An investor can get exposure...

  • What’s in store for markets next week?

    What’s in store for markets next week?

    The end of the year is just a few hours away and the events of the year have been widely analysed by those following the financial markets. Meanwhile many of the investors and traders have taken their usual holiday, particularly as the end-2015...

  • Goodbye 2015

    Goodbye 2015

    What a year it has been. 2015 will be one many investors will be eager to forget and welcome in the New Year. A few positives may nonetheless be highlighted, despite being eclipsed by the energy crisis and a global economic slowdown. For one, the...

  • Stocks paying a high dividend

    Stocks paying a high dividend

    2015 is coming to a close and investors start to think of where to invest their hard earned cash in 2016. Interest rates in Europe are expected to remain low in 2016, so bondholders will continue to ways how to complement their fixed income...

  • The pros and cons of offshore investing

    Offshore investing refers to a wide range of investment opportunities that exist outside one’s home country. It is common thought that such strategies strengthen ones portfolio, however the main pros and cons may be listed as...

  • 2016 set to add to post-Christmas Blues

    Volatility seems set to linger throughout global markets in 2016 as investors come to terms with a global slowdown. A number of factors and events will take centre stage respectively in the coming year with core focus on the commodities sector of...

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