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  • Common traits for investment success

    Common traits for investment success

    Who doesn’t spend most of their life dreaming of financial success? A few are lucky enough to be successful primarily because they were born into wealth and abundance. But the vast majority of us have to rely on hard work and thought about what...

  • Investment advice for young people

    Investment advice for young people

    Sadly, the researches by multiple experts in the field of investment show that young individuals are less likely to invest in their portfolio. The majority of the young working class (20-35) allocate the largest amount of their portfolio in cash.

  • Should the government interfere in the economy?

    I am sure you heard it before; “If you let the economy do its job you will find yourself in equilibrium, where demand matches supply, and quantity matches price.” After hearing this it is logical to think that government should not interfere in...

  •  What makes an investor successful?

    There have been many textbooks and articles written on what it takes to become a successful investor. There are a number of traits which make some investors more successful than others – for the inexperienced investor, investing requires courage,...

  • Renault – shareholders should remain in the driving seat!

    Groupe Renault is a French multinational automobile manufacturer established in 1899. The company produces a range of cars and vans, and in the past has manufactured trucks, tractors, tanks, buses/coaches and autorail vehicles. Investment ThesisWe...

  • High Yield debt and the coupon clip

    High Yield debt and the coupon clip

    In 2007, all seemed rosy for investors with global markets reaching pre-crisis highs; a golden period whereby investors cheered a rally across all asset classes for quite a while. Whoever thought that those rosy days were up for a turbulent ride?...

  • The Spanish market and Cataluña

    The Spanish market and Cataluña

    The Catalan referendum has been one of the main topics in the international news all over the world, and like it usually happens, the news has been one of the main variables of the market. The big problem is that many of the international news...

  • Adding German equities in a portfolio

    Adding German equities in a portfolio

    Equities have had an excellent run so far this year. But this rally did not start in 2017. Going back to financial crisis in 2008 when the DAX (German market) fell by more than 50%, the Index subsequently rallied 240% from its trough. And even if...

  • China’s economic prospects and the recent S&P downgrade

    China’s economic prospects and the recent S&P downgrade

    Recently S&P, the well-respected rating agency lowered China’s long-term sovereign rating to A+ from AA-, citing that the prolonged period of credit growth imposes risk on the country’s economic growth. One of the reasons for the increase in debt...

  • European equities for the fashionably late

    European equities for the fashionably late

    The equity bill market continues to rage on and its extent is impressive, this has led to several market players taking profits or hedging their bets. Still, consensus reigns that the equity rally still has steam and missing out of the next lag of...

  • Why do most bonds trade OTC?

    Why do most bonds trade OTC?

    Following the issuance of bonds on the primary market, bonds can either trade on an exchange or what is known as Over-The-Counter (OTC). In Malta, both government and corporate bonds trade on the Malta Stock Exchange (MSE) from one MSE Account to...

  • Water as your alternative

    Ever asked yourself what life would be like without the basic needs? Water, food and oxygen are all natural luxuries we take for granted, yet what happens when one of these becomes scarce? Whilst oxygen and debatably food are well in abundance for...

  • Foot Locker – A contrarian trade with significant upside potential’

    Foot Locker’s recent weakness amid concerns about market share loss has created “an excellent opportunity to buy,” Morgan Stanley analyst Jay Sole wrote in a note, upgrading shares to overweight from equal weight. Shares in Foot Locker have been...

  • Leading and lagging indicators

    Investing in financial markets requires its fair share of decision making. Assuming individuals are rational in their decisions, market knowledge would want to be known beforehand for a better understanding of the state an economy is in. In...

  • Société Générale shares – Banking on the banks

    Société Générale shares – Banking on the banks

    Société Générale issued results on Wednesday and we see no reason post results to change our price target of €54 on the stock. We see any weakness in the stock as a buying opportunity. When we first started covering Société Générale (29/05/2017),...

  • Ryanair – these shares have wings

    Ryanair – these shares have wings

    After the company reported results, we will continue maintaining our price target of €21 on the stock. Most importantly, we are comfortable with the positions we hold in our funds. About the Company Ryanair is headquartered in Swords, a suburb of...

  • Credit spreads tighten further, but for how long?

    One of the recurring themes we have been talking about over recent months has been the robustness of credit markets in general, particularly the riskier part of the spectrum such as High Yield and Emerging Market credits, and the remarkable...

  • My top five equity picks for the second half of the year

    2017 started off with a bang for European equity markets, closing off the first six months 7% higher with the S&P 500 beating the European index once again, coming in above the 9% return. Despite the positive performance, we expect equities to...

  • The momentum in Emerging Markets in 2017

    It is to no surprise that capital inflows over the past years have diverged towards emerging markets (EM). The search for yield, led investors to shift their assets into such zones despite the fact that risks of governance, political uncertainty,...

  • Bond or bond fund?

    Bond or bond fund?

    There are many misconceptions around regarding the difference between a bond and a bond fund. This article will serve to outline the key differences between both instruments, and what to look out for when investing in each security. By definition,...