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  • Data releases keep benchmark government bonds yo-yoing

    Data releases keep benchmark government bonds yo-yoing

    European credit rallied for pretty much all of the trading sessions following the October 22 ECB, up until last week’s US Federal Reserve statement, which was more hawkish than anticipated. Despite witnessing some bouts of profit-taking, European...

  • Benefitting from China’s change in child policy

    Benefitting from China’s change in child policy

    China surprised markets last Thursday when it announced the removal of its one child policy introduced in 1979. Now Chinese families can opt to have two children instead of one. However, what’s unfortunate about all of this is that the Communist’s...

  • A look at credit markets pre-Halloween

    October was a supportive month for risky assets as investors looked to take advantage of the more attractive valuations and of persistent expectations of abundant liquidity. The ECB meeting was pivotal in this respect indirectly confirming...

  • Investing €100 a month

    Investing €100 a month

    There exist such a thing as a cost to not spending any cash, this is known as opportunity cost, and is seen on a daily basis for those who choose to do so instead of investing. A €100 put into a savings account will earn a very low interest rate,...

  • 4 Investing Rules to Live By

    4 Investing Rules to Live By

    1.      Diversify Stocks, bonds, cash, real estate and other investments provide varying rewards: Some protect against inflation, and others provide the growth or income you might need for specific goals. Furthermore, the prices of diff...

  • Focus shifts from Malta to Frankfurt as ECB keeps rates unchanged

    Focus shifts from Malta to Frankfurt as ECB keeps rates unchanged

    As expected, ECB rates remained unchanged, with Mario Draghi sustaining a dovish stance on interest rates by signaling that the ECB was willing and ready to extend QE in December. What next? With equities expected to be the front runners to...

  • Another important week for capital markets

    Another important week for capital markets

    Last week was interesting for capital markets to say the least, but I promise you this week will be just as exciting. Whereas last week, the ECB held their monthly conference, the Federal Reserve will hold theirs next Wednesday and the Bank of...

  • A big victory for European investors

    One of the key events of this month in the financial space, the ECB meeting, concluded on a positive note for markets as the President of the institution, Draghi, met expectations as he openly acknowledged the possibility of additional easing...

  • Market sentiment ahead of key ECB meeting

    Investor and market sentiment during the first few weeks of October was more buoyant than what we had become accustomed to during September when credit spreads had reached their widest levels in recent months. In view of this, the market increase...

  • Shipping movements

    The following ships are expected in Malta: The CMA CGM Bougainville from Le Havre to Khor al Fakkan, the Karina from Tunis to Skikda (both CMA CGM Malta Agency Ltd), the Seago Istanbul from Antwerp to Piraeus, the BC Hamburg from Annaba to Algiers...

  • The devil is in the detail

    Humour all too often is the perfect tool to depict the truth. Abrose Bierce published the ‘Devil’s dictionary’ in 1911, defining his view of government, finance, commerce and life in general at the time. One classic example is his definition of...

  • Chinese data and ECB meeting dictate market sentiment and direction

    Speculation was rife last month in the run up to the FOMC meeting that Federal Reserve officials were poised to raise rates for the first time in over 9 years. Surveys and polls showed mixed views and expectations with those interviewed having...

  • Which economy is larger East or West?

    Thanks to factors such as shipping freights, mass production scales and, a massive interconnected network of suppliers; economies on a global scale have changed, with some surpassing others. Overtaking the U.K in 1872, the U.S economy has been the...

  • Not sprinting but still able to survive until 2017

    Not sprinting but still able to survive until 2017

    Sprint is a communications company offering wireless and wireline services for US customers. It has 45 million retail clients and more than 57 million. It has recently become the fourth largest player in the US market after losing the third...

  • Revisiting US interest rates

    Revisiting US interest rates

    October reserves a few special days that may change the course of equity markets in the short term. The one that will garner most attention, if not the most important, will be the US Federal Reserve meeting on the 28th as, once again, markets...

  • Is additional monetary policy easing on the way?

    Is additional monetary policy easing on the way?

    A strong case can be made for additional monetary policy easing in the Eurozone, either via an extension and/or expansion of the current Quantitative Easing programme, currently in the form of €60 billion worth of monthly asset purchase. With data...

  • Kroger – Moving out of your comfort zone

    Kroger – Moving out of your comfort zone

    When an investor starts putting money to work in the equity markets, the probability is that the constituents will be well renowned such as BMW, Apple, Starbucks, Ryanair etc. People feel comfortable with these names because they make part of...

  • Markets are expecting more QE but what is ECB saying?

    Yesterday, the ECB published the account of its monetary policy meeting held at the beginning of September, shortly after the China-induced market sell-off. As a reminder, at that time the institution’s governor, Mario Draghi, acknowledged that...

  • Heros to Zeros

    Lately I am having some unforeseen time to meditate. As the perceived ribbon of autos snake beyond the visible horizon, time seems to stand still. In reality it is my car that is standing still, the dashboard clock keeps ticking away well beyond...

  • Shipping movements

    The following ships are expected in Malta: The Furth from Damietta to Izmit, the Saint Roch from Misurata to Misurata, the Jamila from Sfax, the BFP Galaxy from Skikda to Skikda, the Janina from Annaba to Algiers (all CMA CGM Malta Agency Ltd),...

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