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  • HSBC share price touches twelve-year low

    HSBC share price touches twelve-year low

    The MSE Share Index extended yesterday’s decline by a further 0.22 per cent to 4,568.285 points as losses across five equities outweighed the gains registered by Medserv and FIMBank. Week-on-week, the local equity index retreated by 0.23 per cent...

  • The Fed minutes and the unclear rate hike path

    The Fed minutes and the unclear rate hike path

    On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve (Fed) released its minutes for the meeting held in mid-June. The minutes highlighted that committee participants were surprised by the slowdown in job growth and the potential threat of Britain leaving the...

  • Market reaction to the Brexit vote

    Market reaction to the Brexit vote

    UK FTSE 100 The UK equity index lost 3.1 percent on the day immediately following the vote. On Monday, which represented a bottom in most equity markets, the index fell a further 2.6 percent. Up to Tuesday this week the index is 3.3 percent higher...

  • Mission impossible? - Fixing the unprecedented

    Mission impossible? - Fixing the unprecedented

    An unexpected Brexit outcome hits, though many of the repercussions being seen were clearly foreseen. The choice of the British people to leave the EU has triggered political commotion in the UK and influenced European far right parties to demand...

  • MSE Share Index finishes slightly lower

    MSE Share Index finishes slightly lower

    The MSE Share Index extended yesterday’s decline by a further 0.06 per cent to 4,573.332 points as the decline in the share price of RS2 outweighed the marginal gains of BOV and MPC. Activity was limited to merely six equities whilst total trading...

  • Brexit keeps credit markets boggled

    Brexit keeps credit markets boggled

    Saying credit markets were tumultuous over the first five months of the year would be an understatement. 2016 began with a crude awakening of six to seven weeks of pure selloff and widening, with the next three months or so of market recovery and...

  • Beyond Brexit

    Let’s face it; no one is sure what will really happen now that the UK has decided to leave the EU. With obvious colours one side is predicting a pretty gloomy future for the UK, while the opposite side is ready to embrace the opportunities that...

  • RS2 & HSBC pull the MSE Share Index lower

    RS2 & HSBC pull the MSE Share Index lower

    The MSE Share Index extended last Friday’s decline as it opened the week with a minimal drop of 0.03 per cent to 4,478.669 points. The performance of the local equity index was negatively affected by the decline in the share prices of RS2 and HSBC...

  • Trading activity surges to a 3-month high

    Trading activity surges to a 3-month high

    The MSE Share Index closed in positive territory for the third consecutive day today as it gained 0.05per cent to 4,482.213 points (its highest level in almost four weeks). Most notably, the total value of traded equities surged to a three-month...

  • MSE Share Index climbs to a near 3-week high

    MSE Share Index climbs to a near 3-week high

    The MSE Share Index opened the week on a positive note as it edged up by 0.19 per cent to its highest level this month of 4,468.534 points. Activity was spread across ten equities with three share prices registering gains, another three closing...

  • Brexit concerns

    Polls have never been perfect as evidenced by recent UK election forecasts. However, the trend that is developing as the Brexit vote approaches is evidently turning towards the ‘Out’ vote. And while neither camp is ready to commit themselves, the...

  • Fasten your seat belts – turbulence ahead

    It seems as though efforts to seek an adequate risk-reward trade-off are proving difficult to futile for many. The German 10Y Bund has historically broken the zero yield barrier yesterday as investor monies continue to rush into safe haven assets,...

  • FIMBank reaches a new six-year high

    FIMBank reaches a new six-year high

    The MSE Share Index recovered some of yesterday’s losses and rebounded from its lowest level in five-months. The Index added 0.11 per cent today to 4,436.520 points. Trading activity was spread across ten equities with four share prices...

  • We’re living in uncertain times

    Investors have quite a few issues to contend with these days, and most of them are quite a tough nut to crack. Is the fresh wave of QE by the ECB going to have its intended outcome? When is economic activity in the Eurozone going to finally pick...

  • Sins of an investor

    Many investors are unable to generate positive returns in a portfolio because of wrong decisions taken at the wrong time. Below are 5 most common mistakes investors make when they manage their portfolios: Halo effect – A company with a good growth...

  • 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...

  • Overconfidence bias

    Overconfidence bias is a bias in which people demonstrate unwarranted faith in their own intuitive reasoning, judgements and/or cognitive abilities. This overconfidence may be the result of overestimating knowledge levels, abilities and access to...

  • MSE Share Index retreats to a near 5-month low

    The MSE Share Index posted its third consecutive daily negative performance today as it eased by a further 0.22 per cent to 4,433.079 points – the lowest level since mid-January 2016. Trading activity was spread across eight shares, with two...

  • OECD – Low Growth Trap for the Global Economy

    OECD – Low Growth Trap for the Global Economy

    On Wednesday, the OECD said that the world’s economy is trapped in a weak growth environment and vulnerable to falling into another deep downturn unless governments take urgent action. Soft demand has discouraged investment and lead to a downgrade...

  • Sell in May and go away? Not quite

    Sell in May and go away? Not quite…not this time round…well at least as far as risky assets both in the US and the Eurozone are concerned. During the month of May, European and US High Yield markets registered an increase of 0.09% and 0.64%...

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