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Market Wrap 2018

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January 17, 2019

The past year has officially been the worst year for investments since 2008 and it was capped off by the worst December since 1931. Despite strong economic and job performance from most major economies, markets have been thrown off balance by the actions of Donald Trump and his interactions with the US Federal Reserve as… Read More ›

International Expansion in the Banking Industry

The Banking industry is ever changing and versatile. Banks are constantly looking to adapt to the pressures they face, and one way to do so, is by adding or removing aspects of their international operations. Canadian offshore assets have increased by 38% in the last 10 years and there’s now over $1trn offshore in Chinese… Read More ›

Receiving funding from a Venture Capital firm, is it as good as it seems?

One of the major difficulties that small businesses and new start-ups face is obtaining funding. In our contemporary society and with the use of technology, new firms have access to a plethora of fund sources. These include using the Internet for crowd-funding or even peer-to-peer lending. However, these sources are often uncertain as the firms… Read More ›

Quantitative Easing (QE)

What exactly is QE? Economic growth has been correlated to both volume and velocity of money. When banks reduce their borrowing and lending to each other (as they did in 2009 due to high interbank interest rates) and when individuals rather save than spend, the flow of capital dries up and the economy contracts. The… Read More ›

Bitcoin’s Existence and the Banking Industry

As I’m sure you’re all aware, Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency, developed mid financial crisis, in 2009. Historically, banks have been cynical and untrusting of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, but there are a number of positives to be considered. Despite it being labelled as “a fraud” and “ponzy scheme” by CEO of JPMorgan, Jamie Dimon, it… Read More ›

ETF’s & Smart Beta strategies……..do they work?

The banking industry has seen a countless variety of marketable assets and securities. The introduction of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) has brought a more passive approach to investing, with lower management fees, whilst still being able to be actively traded, on exchanges. The growing popularity of such products means ETFs now form an integral part… Read More ›

UK ‘Shatters’ Tax Secrecy of Offshore Territories

  The tax secrecy practices of Britain’s Overseas Territories have been “shattered” by the UK government, which in a dramatic turn of events, put its support behind an amendment that will introduce public ownership registers.   In the House of Commons today (1 May) foreign office minister Alan Duncan said the government would not oppose… Read More ›

Week 15 2018 – In Review

  Stocks recorded solid gains and reversed the previous week’s losses. Markets remained volatile, however, as investors appeared to remain focused on the turbulent political environment rather than the upcoming release of first-quarter corporate earnings reports. The Nasdaq Composite Index performed best, helped by a rally in Facebook shares as investors seemed to react favorably… Read More ›

Market Wrap Q1 2018

  The first quarter of 2018 has been one of the most challenging quarters for global asset markets since the 2008 Financial crisis. However, despite falling asset values in most developed and developing markets the global economic picture remains healthy with robust growth figures being reported worldwide.   North America After a substantial rally in… Read More ›

Week 14 2018 In Review

  Trade Tensions Continue to Influence Markets The major benchmarks ended lower after another week of significant volatility. Heightened trade tensions between China and the US continued to dominate sentiment during the week. Stocks sold off sharply on Monday, following China’s announcement that it would retaliate on US aluminum and steel tariffs with $3 billion… Read More ›