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  • Maiden Holdings: governance gone bad
    Feb 7, 2019 8:00 am

    Maiden Holdings: governance gone bad

    Our investment focus is primarily on global companies, but we do keep an eye on the local market. Recently, a concerning chart pattern in Bermuda-headquartered Maiden Holdings caught our attention. Maiden stock has fallen over 85 per cent in the...

  • Outlook for 2019: best or worst of times?
    Jan 16, 2019 8:00 am

    Outlook for 2019: best or worst of times?

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times …” begins a famous Charles Dickens novel. Unsurprisingly, this phrase has been repeated countless times in financial publications since Dickens wrote A Tale of Two Cities in...

  • Is it time to buy emerging markets?
    Dec 20, 2018 8:00 am

    Is it time to buy emerging markets?

    It seems fitting that 2018 was the Year of the Dog in the Chinese zodiac. Most asset classes fared poorly this year as investors hit the panic button, but the pain has been particularly acute in the emerging market sector. Notwithstanding a few...

  • Investing against a hawkish Fed
    Nov 16, 2018 8:00 am

    Investing against a hawkish Fed

    Last week stock markets briefly celebrated the US midterm election results, rallying sharply on prospects for a better balance of power in Washington. But from an investment perspective, the most important political appointment had already...

  • Libor rate’s days could be numbered
    Oct 17, 2018 8:00 am

    Libor rate’s days could be numbered

    This month’s sharp rise in interest rates highlights the attractiveness of investing in shorter term bonds. Longer term, fixed-rate bonds generally decline in price when rates climb, while short-duration bonds are much less sensitive. Many “low...

  • Opportunity in emerging-markets credit
    Sep 13, 2018 8:00 am

    Opportunity in emerging-markets credit

    America appears to be winning the trade war — at least according to the markets. US stocks have just experienced one of the best stretches compared to non-US stock markets in quite some time.

    Based upon rolling three-month investment...

  • Profits from the cloud
    Aug 15, 2018 8:00 am

    Profits from the cloud

    One of the most promising trends in today’s market is the shift towards sharing. A lot has been written about this growing phenomenon as market winners and losers are regularly decided based upon their ability to capitalise on changing spending...

  • Will geopolitical tensions derail markets?
    Jun 27, 2018 8:00 am

    Will geopolitical tensions derail markets?

    Global equity markets had been bouncing back from early April’s lows as investors shifted their attention to the still relatively strong world growth outlook bolstered by favourable economic tailwinds such as the US corporate tax cut and rising...

  • Late-cycle investment strategies
    May 23, 2018 8:00 am

    Late-cycle investment strategies

    This month the ongoing US economic recovery became the second longest on record and, if the trend persists into late next year this one could be the lengthiest ever. Americans may have reason to celebrate but some investors are growing concerned...

  • Volatility: the new normal
    Apr 10, 2018 8:00 am

    Volatility: the new normal

    Markets were surprisingly calm in 2017 but now “The Times They Are A Changin’!”, in the words of the great American singer-songwriter, Bob Dylan. Last year, in fact, went down as the first one on record in which the S&P 500 stock index posted...

  • Fixed-income strategies
    Feb 20, 2018 8:00 am

    Fixed-income strategies

    America’s ballooning budget deficit, the winding down of central bank bond purchases and a recent whiff of inflation have conspired to push interest rates higher. Global bonds markets were relatively well behaved last year as rates marked time...

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