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Market Analysis

  • 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,...

  • China-mounting pressures over future GDP growth

    China-mounting pressures over future GDP growth

    Over the past 25 years, gross domestic product (GDP) annual growth rate in China averaged 9.88%. However, woes of a declining momentum in terms of growth continued to hinder investors’ sentiment. This was reflected in market volatility experienced...

  • Liquidity concerns in a weak market

    Liquidity concerns in a weak market

    One out of the many considerations investors should make in investment decisions is to ascertain how liquid an instrument is, both at the time of purchase as well as at the time of divestiture. Equities, bonds, currencies and collective investment...

  • 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...

  • Investing in European technology

    Investing in European technology

    Technology is often associated with the US. The impression exists that if it is cutting edge it must be coming from Silicon Valley. This is amusing, as two firms that have shaped the way we interact and the way we play music immediately come to mind.

  • Points to look out for in corporate earnings

    A multinational corporation is one whose operations are set up in one or more jurisdictions other than the domestic country of the company. When a company reports its financial statements, usually on a quarterly basis, results are usually...

  • The paranoia of buying bonds below par

    The paranoia of buying bonds below par

    We had family come over to our place over the weekend for Sunday lunch. The children were enthusiastic, playing with some new toys they got whilst the adults gathered around the dining room table for some tea and biscuits, an ideal setup to unwind...

  • EM HY bonds-the continuation of gains

    EM HY bonds-the continuation of gains

    Year-to-date EM high yield (HY) corporate bonds continued to show their resilience, despite the fact that expectations of monetary tightening continued to increase with the market now pricing a 100 percent June hike. Is it the greed of investors...

  • A game of percentages

    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, 10% from dividends, 10% from a derivative, 10% on 100 thousand and 10% on one thousand; 10%...

  • A look at real estate investments

    A look at real estate investments

    Real estate as an Investment tool can take on many forms. Investors have a choice as to whether to invest directly in physical property or indirectly expose their portfolios to real estate publicly traded securities. The former is a popular...

  • EM and the selective overweight rationale

    EM and the selective overweight rationale

    As I have opined in my previous writings, investors tend to monitor the movement in the US in confront of major emerging market (EM) currencies due to the sensitivity element. In theory EM dollar denominated debt tend to weaken in value when the...

  • Maltese investors and interest payments

    Maltese investors and interest payments

    It is often bewildering how often investors refuse to accept good advice, and a particularly persistent stumbling block is investor’s reluctance to invest in anything that does not pay interest. I cannot pretend to have researched the subject, but...

  • Why Le Pen won’t work

    Why Le Pen won’t work

    Sunday’s first round vote in the French elections produced no surprises as both frontrunners, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, progressed to the second round vote, to be held on May 7, whereby one of the two will become the successor to current...

  • Rally in credit markets loses steam in March

     Credit markets across both sides of the Atlantic, and beyond had a mixed month and had muted returns within some regions, notably in European High Yield and Emerging Market High Yield markets, both registering gains of 0.08%. Investment Grade...

  • European political risk to subside

    European political risk to subside

    The Trump victory in the United States may have represented the peak for the populist movement that seemed to be sweeping across the Western World. 2016, which featured Brexit and Trump’s presidential victory, was the worst year ever for...

  • Markets at the mercy of politics

    Markets at the mercy of politics

    One would have thought that the toughest obstacle for Donald Trump would have been limited to the presidential election win. Yet, two months into his tenure, Trump has failed to gather the needed support in congress to implement his proposed...

  • What makes a portfolio diversified?

    What makes a portfolio diversified?

    Any typical investor holding a portfolio of assets, willing to achieve the maximum possible return for a given level of risk, will undoubtedly wish his/her portfolio of assets to be as diversified as possible. But what does diversification really...

  • Sourcing the positives from negative fundamentals

    Invest only if profitable right? This is not the case and it depends a great deal on the business cycle of a company and asset class for that matter, along with the underlying fundamentals. Profits are one of the main factors investors look for in...

  • Understanding asset allocation decision-making

    Understanding asset allocation decision-making

    Investors with global portfolios of equities and bonds are generally aware that their asset allocation decisions, the proportions of funds they invest in the different asset classes, their regional exposures as well as the degree of currency...

  • Monsanto shares: time to buy?

    Monsanto shares: time to buy?

    About the company Monsanto Company is a publicly traded American multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation. It is headquartered in Creve Coeur, Greater St. Louis, Missouri. Monsanto is a leading producer of genetically...

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