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Market Analysis

  • Shipping movements

    The following ships are expected in Malta: The Alexander Sibum from Algiers to Sousse, the CMA CGM Racine from Genoa to Port Said (both CMA CGM Malta Agency Ltd), the MV Eurocargo Malta from Genoa to Livorno, the MV Supreme Ace from Kanda to...

  • Bubbles

    A bubble in the financial context, generally refers to a situation where the price for an asset exceeds its intrinsic value. During a bubble, prices for a financial asset are highly inflated. The terms "asset price bubble," "financial bubble" or...

  • A silver lining amidst the energy crisis for US natural gas companies

    Oil prices have been the talking point over the past year, as the supply glut has brought commodity prices to near seven year lows. Natural gas was one of the worst hit commodities. This time last year the Henry Hub Natural Gas 1 Month futures...

  • A game of percentages

    In the world of finance, percentage return is probably the performance common currency. In other words, if you gain ten percent from an equity investment, ten percent from dividends, ten percent from a derivative, ten percent on 100 thousand and...

  • Are emerging markets highly dependent on central bank policies in the developed world?

    Are emerging markets highly dependent on central bank policies in the developed world?

    Emerging markets (EM) have been pretty much in the limelight for the good part of the second half of this year particularly on the back of a marked deterioration in the commodities market but also due to the weaker economic backdrop and...

  • Why you should consider investing in Disney

    Why you should consider investing in Disney

    Walt Disney is one of the largest and diversified international companies specialising in entertainment, media, parks, resorts and various consumer products. The company also operates highly popular amusement parks around the world, and also...

  • How to know if you should sell

    How to know if you should sell

    We are constantly being barraged with information on what to buy and how to buy it, yet few are ever around to give us real advice on when to cease an investment, walk away, and count your winnings.  The good news is that there is an easy way for...

  • December ECB and Fed meetings to reinforce divergence in strategies

    December ECB and Fed meetings to reinforce divergence in strategies

    Friday’s larger than expected 271,000 increases in non-farm payrolls in the US during the month of October caught the market by surprise as previous prints had come significantly below par. The August and September disappointing readings were in...

  • The Dream Team in equity markets

    The S&P 500 is up 2 percent year-to-date. At a first, an investor might be put off by this mediocre return given the risks involved in the equity markets. However, one has to appreciate that US equities have come a long way and for the market...

  • What’s in store for markets over the next few days?

    While the last few weeks were much about monetary policymakers’ meeting and speeches, this month is due to be more data-driven as the Bank of Japan (BoJ) is the only major central bank having a meeting scheduled for the remainder of...

  • Volkswagen again

    Volkswagen has done it again. On Tuesday evening the automaker said some petrol cars – note that the focus is now shifting from diesel cars – had worse than previously reported emissions. The Board of directors are obviously “deeply concerned”.

  • Shipping movements

    The following ships are expected in Malta: The Hansa Oldenburg from Iskenderun to Alexandria (CMA CGM Malta Agency Ltd), the Meera from Rijeka to Salerno (Sullivan Shipping), the Seago Antwerp from Antwerp to Piraeus, the Analena from Annaba to...

  • 10 timeless must reads for investors

    When it comes to learning about investment, the internet is one of the fastest, most up-to-date and easiest ways to make your way through the jungle of information out there; be it videos, online lectures or simply following Bloomberg live;...

  • 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...

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