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Market Analysis

  • Ball back in ECB’s court - what options are left?

    The European Central Bank (ECB) meeting tomorrow seems to have markets expecting additional quantitative easing measures to be unrolled. Eurozone data has been flat to weak over recent months and questions are being asked as to what further assets...

  • RS2 share price drops to a near 10-month low

    RS2 share price drops to a near 10-month low

    The MSE Share Index extended yesterday’s negative performance by a further 0.44 per cent to 4,441.442 points as the declines in the share prices of six equities outweighed the gains registered in BOV and GO. Most notably, the 4.0 per cent fall in...

  • Credit resilient ahead of key central bank meetings

    With August out of the way, it is safe to say that all asset classes have come out of the gruelling summer months relatively unscathed. Pretty uncharacteristic for this time of the year. Credit and equity markets across both sides of the Atlantic...

  • Apple sends an invitation: 'See you on the 7th'

    On Wednesday September 7, Apple invited the media to an event in which it is expected to launch a series of new products including: iPhone 7 - The iPhone 7 will drop the headphone jack, include a new home button with haptic feedback, and look lot...

  • Peru: Latin America’s gem

    Peru: Latin America’s gem

    It was just a little under a year ago that I embarked on a three-week adventure in Peru and Colombia. If I could do it all over again, I would in a heartbeat. The beauty and colourful landscapes Peru has to offer are diverse and no words can...

  • A rate hike and its impact on the bond market

    Undoubtedly, fixed income market participants are now concerned about the impact of a possible rate hike by the Federal Reserve (Fed) on their dollar denominated allocation. The situation in Europe surely fails to mirror image the latter...

  • The numbers behind tourism giant Thomas Cook

    The travel market, particularly in Europe and the Northern African region has been under significant stress following the attacks seen in Tunisia, Paris, Istanbul and Brussels amongst others throughout the year. One could expect the bout of...

  • Medserv retreats to a 5-month low

    The MSE Share Index climbed to its highest level in the last seven trading sessions as it rebounded by 0.40 per cent to 4,441.312 points. The positive performance of the Index was mainly as a result of the uplift in the share price of GO.

  • All eyes on Jackson Hole

    With markets remaining in ultra-accommodative for most of the summer, all eyes are inevitably shifting once again focus on central banks in the developed world; and we’ve got a flurry of key central bank meetings to contend with over the next four...

  • The bond market and the sustained monetary easing

    The bond market and the sustained monetary easing

    It is to no surprise that the second largest asset class, the fixed-income market, continued its rally over the past days. Market expectations of increased monetary policy has pushed yields towards record lows with some analysts now questioning...

  • Potential of further QE in Europe driving equities higher

    Potential of further QE in Europe driving equities higher

    European stocks closed 1.13 per cent down yesterday as investors awaited minutes from the Federal Reserve gauge whether market analysts were taking the possibility of a rate hike too lightly. This was the fourth day that the European Stoxx 600...

  • Keep following the 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...

  • It's all about the coupon

    It's all about the coupon

    A fixed income instrument (bond) is a financial instrument which, at inception, involves the exchange of monies between two parties to a transaction in exchange for claims on the underlying features and characteristics of the bond. Simply put, a...

  • L'Oreal - A key holding in your equity portfolio

    L’Oreal is a global cosmetics group that operates in 130 countries worldwide with major brands including L’Oreal Paris, Garnier, Lancôme, The Body Shop and Maybelline New York. About the Shares L’Oreal shares are up 15% year-to-date compared to...

  • Peppa Pig goes on sale

    Entertainment One is a Canadian media distribution company. Based in Toronto, Ontario, the Company is primarily involved in the acquisition, distribution, and production of entertainment content, including films, television series, and music. It...

  • Britain’s J-Curve effect

    It is tough writing on a new topic every week, when persistent volatility leads to déjà vu scenarios as seen over recent months. The Bank of England is expected to maintain accommodative monetary policy measures following recent data...

  • HSBC continues to drag share index lower

    HSBC continues to drag share index lower

    The MSE Share Index shed a further 0.3 per cent during this morning’s session to a fresh 9-month low of 4,404.807 points largely due to the second consecutive daily decline in the share price of HSBC Bank Malta plc. Following last Friday’s 2.4 per...

  • The BOE and its warranted easing move

    The BOE and its warranted easing move

    Undoubtedly the market was pricing some sort of action from the Bank of England (BOE), as the Brexit repercussions on the economy would turn severe if no action plan was in place. The interesting bit, is the fact that markets possibly failed to...

  • Why did Yahoo! fail?

    Why did Yahoo! fail?

    Yahoo! was a household name before Google. However, somehow, Yahoo got it wrong. And while an easy answer does not exist, a quick search on the search engine provides valuable hints towards understanding why the most popular web portal of the late...

  • Credit gains further ground in July

    Credit gains further ground in July

    Credit markets clocked in yet a remarkable month in July, and the grind tighter continued. Fixed income proved to be, once again, the most defensive asset class of the lot. In the aftermath of the Brexit vote, and the failed coups d'état in Turkey...

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