More from Markets

Consumer Fear and the US Equity Market: The Outlook

8 min Ryan Shea

The CBOE VIX: A New Leading Inflation Indicator in the Making?

8 min Michael Zuzolo
Join the conversation: #OPEC

The Connection Between Geopolitics And Financial Markets: Not Always Hazardous

Pascal vander Straeten    7 min

Which Jobs Could Become Automated in the Next Decade?

Morgan Franklin    6 min
  • Tiaan Coetzee    5 minute read

    Auto Loans: Driving the Next Debt Bubble in the US?

    Future Crash?
  • Giovanni Iandolo    7 minute read

    Blockchain and the Sharing Economy: The Future Relationship

    Future Technology
  • Matteo Salvalaggio    6 minute read

    Remote Intelligence: Will It Become a Threat to All Western Workers?

    A New Era?
  • Guy Ettlin    4 minute read

    How the Oil Price Rise Is Pushing Renewable Energy Forward

    An Unlikely Beneficiary
  • Colin Lloyd    14 minute read

    Does the Rising Price of Industrial Metals Herald the Beginning of the Next Commodity Super-cycle?

    Rise and Fall?
  • Tristan Mann    6 minute read

    The Arctic: Global Warming Is Uncovering a Treasure Chest

    Keep It in the Ground?
  • Preslav Raykov    3 minute read

    2017 Crude Oil Macro Market Dynamics

    Snapshot
  • Dara Emanuel    4 minute read

    Are Oil Prices Set to Rise or Fall?

    Trickling Down

Is Exxon Mobil Making a Comeback?

Slick Comeback
Gianrovic Perez Gulino 5 min

How the Shale Revolution Is Disrupting the Traditional Oil Market

Black Gold
Francesco Tassello 5 min

Bitcoin: Spotting a Potential Bubble

3 min Chloe Burles

Cryptocurrency: The Future of Banking?

5 min Gregory Efthimiou
Join the conversation: #OPEC

China and India: Different Forex Realities

Amey Pramodkumar Kansara    3 min

The US: Can It Become Cashless?

David R. Warwick    6 min
  • Thomas Smith    3 minute read

    Ripple: Its Asian Expansion and the Future

    Promising Outlook
  • Luis Aureliano    5 minute read

    Banks and Cryptocurrencies: A Reluctant Relationship?

    Traditional Meets New
  • Guy Ettlin    4 minute read

    Ripple: Why It Should Be at the Centre of the Cryptocurrency Debate

    Emerging Platform
  • Benjamin Hendricks    6 minute read

    Ripple’s Rise: How XRP is Rippling the Cryptocurrency Markets

    Gaining Traction
  • Neil Winward    5 minute read

    Taxation of Cryptocurrencies: An Evolving Picture

    The Road Ahead
  • Ryan Shea    8 minute read

    What Will the German Election Mean for Markets?

    Are You Experienced?
  • Zayn Khamisa    6 minute read

    The Lightning Network: A Revolution for Cryptocurrency Transactions?

    New Technology
  • Emmanuel Ojo    4 minute read

    Cryptocurrency and Africa: A Good Match in the Future?

    Technology Expansion

Litecoin: Bitcoin’s Next Big Rival?

Worthy Competitor
Luis Aureliano 5 min

The Cashless Society: An Orwellian Nightmare or Future Reality?

Altering Tradition?
James Alberts 5 min

Tesla Aims to Raise $1.5bn: Necessary Step or a Subtle Warning?

6 min Aaron Greatbanks

Here’s How Reduced Market Liquidity Will Impact Indebted Companies

7 min Pascal vander Straeten
Join the conversation: #OPEC

Green Bonds: Partial Solution to China’s Bond Market and Growth Sustainability Problems

Ivan Draganov    5 min

The Paradox of Refinancing Risk in an Improving Credit Environment

Pascal vander Straeten    5 min
  • Tiaan Coetzee    7 minute read

    A Bond Bubble about to Burst?

    The Next Crisis?
  • Daniel Appleby    6 minute read

    The Fed Balance Sheet and its $4.5trn Conundrum

    Downsizing
  • Christian Hirsekorn    7 minute read

    What Is the Outlook for South Africa’s Economy?

    A Poor State of Affairs
  • Ludovic Herrero    4 minute read

    Brazil and Turkey: Should Fixed Income Investors Turn to Emerging Markets?

    Seeking Opportunities
  • Shahvir Magol    5 minute read

    The Importance of Hedging Against Bond Risk

    Staying Safe
  • Colin Lloyd    6 minute read

    Government Bonds: Do They Hold Any Value?

    Dwindling Opportunities
  • Clifford Mayaka    6 minute read

    Bond Market Outlook: What Does the Future Hold?

    2017 and Beyond
  • European Policy Information Center    8 minute read

    Solvency II and the CMU: Unlocking Contractual Savings’ Investment

    Reducing The Weight of Regulation

Should Diversification be Primary Consideration in Asset Allocations?

Succumbing To Modern Portfolio Theory
The Cobden Centre 12 min

The Borussia Dortmund Bombing Was a Product of Financing Terrorism

Terror Financing Terror
Marco Casiraghi 3 min

High Consumer Credit: A Result of Bank of England Policies?

5 min William Fisher

Artificial Intelligence: Does ‘Super Intelligence’ Pose an Existential Threat to Humans?

4 min Frank Yaw-Owusu
Join the conversation: #OPEC

How ECB Bond Buying Has Impacted Investment Grade Credit Markets

David Fong    4 min

Singapore: How It is Adjusting to Northern Maritime Markets

Tadek Baran    4 min
  • Akshay Ruparelia    5 minute read

    Failing to Satisfy a Basic Need: The UK’s Broken Housing Market

    Needing a Fix?
  • Euan Austin    5 minute read

    Can FinTech Encourage Millennials to Get Involved in Finance?

    Investors of the Future
  • Monal Kathrecha    4 minute read

    The Collapse of Monarch Airlines: The Outlook for the Airline Industry

    Uncertain Direction
  • Victor Chukwuemeka    5 minute read

    Brexit: What Private Banks Must Take Into Account

    Ensuring Advancement
  • Victor Chukwuemeka    4 minute read

    The Importance of Investment for UK Businesses Post-Brexit

    Maintaining Growth
  • Parth Surani    5 minute read

    Nasdaq: Are Some Equities Overvalued?

    Calculating Worth
  • Pascal vander Straeten    6 minute read

    Tail Risk Management as a Business Strategy

    Qualitative Measures
  • Daven Nijran-Talwar    4 minute read

    Venture Capital Fundraising: Can It Be Too Much of a Good Thing?

    Unexpected Consequences

Taxing Tech Giants: How the EU Should Act

Facing the Giants
Matthew Turner 5 min

Unwinding QE: Normalising the Fed’s Balance Sheet

Maintaining a Balance
Saul Mendelsohn 6 min
Markets Spotlight
Share this chart

Share this chart Editor's Remarks: With $16.53bn in net income, Russia’s state-backed gas behemoth, Gazprom, dwarfs its competitors. The European demand for Russian gas has increased enormously in recent years, due largely to the dwindling supply of North Sea oil and the concurrent reliance on burning gas for electricity. Gazprom enjoys a dominant presence in Baltic states as well as Germany and the Netherlands, which gives it indirect access to the UK market. There are clear signs Western states are wary of their increasing dependence on Russian energy - after all, four Russian entities a


JOIN THE CONVERSATION
Share this chart

Share this chart Editor's Remarks: As Wall Street’s bull market charges into its ninth year, the S&P 500 has seen a rise of almost 250% since the low in March 2009. But this average masks the wildly different successes that its individual stocks have seen. Counting up the bull market’s return and thus accounting for the importance of dividends, this rise comes to 314% overall - but with a range of performances from its individual companies, the five biggest winners and losers of which are shown in today’s chart. A $100 investment in US real estate investment trust General Growth Pr


JOIN THE CONVERSATION
Share this chart

Share this chart Editor's Remarks: Wall Street stocks have raced to yet another record as comments from the top of the Federal Reserve sent traders into a frenzy over growing expectations that US interest rates could go up as soon as this month, with the Dow Jones hitting 21,000. Whilst Fed chair Janet Yellen’s last major speech hinted at interest rates staying low until later in the year, strong US economic performance has prompted her colleagues to see the upcoming March meeting as a turning point in Trump era monetary policy. After influential New York Fed President William Dudley’s c


JOIN THE CONVERSATION
Share this chart

Share this chart Editor's Remarks: The Dow Jones Industrial hit the 20,000-point threshold on Wednesday. What led the US stock market index to its highest ever level? The 20k benchmark itself is just a number, of course, but is symbolic of strong share performance in recent months, particularly compared to its mixed experiences over the Jan. '15 - Dec. '16 period shown in today's chart. The ‘Trump rally’, resulting from investor confidence that the new administration will deliver pro-growth fiscal policies, has led the Dow on a path of far steeper growth than it would likely have enjoyed


JOIN THE CONVERSATION
Share this chart

Share this chart Editor's Remarks: Central banks are a crucial part of modern economies; around 99.9% of the global population lives under one. Their governors wield enormous influence over interest rates, money supply, and so on - so why might they be paid such vastly different amounts? As government officials, the reasons for their salaries are not often open to scrutiny. It’s difficult to see why the nature of the role would come into play: Lithuania and Belgium, for example, are both in the Eurozone, and so both their Central Banks must play by the Eurosystem rules which determine comm


JOIN THE CONVERSATION
Share this chart

Share this chart Editor's Remarks: The UK’s Office for National Statistics publishes the latest Balance of Payments figures this week, updating them to November 2016. The balance on the current account - which tells us whether a country has a trade deficit or a trade surplus - has been the subject of some focus in the context of Brexit given the pointed relevance of the UK’s trade mettle to debates over its future trading relationship with the EU. The UK has not run a trade surplus for over thirty years, though whether this matters depends on a host of economic arguments. Economists and


JOIN THE CONVERSATION
Share this chart

Share this chart Editor's Remarks: Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen announced yesterday evening that the US interest rates would be raised from 0.5% to 0.75%. Bond prices have since fallen due to the inverse relationship between bond prices and interest rates. Although it was seen as almost a foregone conclusion, Yellen cited the recent growth in the US economy especially as it is beyond full employment and wage growth is continuing to rise. The Fed is almost at its desired 2% inflation and US economy's momentum should carry it there. The Bank of England's announcement is to follow today and will


JOIN THE CONVERSATION
Share this chart

Share this chart Editor's Remarks: Government yields in Europe have climbed since the election of Donald Trump last Wednesday. Whilst the rise is not as fast as that of US bond yields, analysts are gradually raising their forecasts for the critical government bond yields in Europe - notably France, Germany and Italy. As President-elect Trump is beginning to reveal the plans and policies that will define his administration, there are expectations of a major fiscal stimulus, which would increase the supply of bonds and boost inflation. This effect on the global markets is profound due to the s


JOIN THE CONVERSATION
Share this chart

Share this chart Editor's Remarks: It started with the majority of final pre-election polls giving Clinton up to 95% chances of winning the presidency. The joy, however, was short-lived when Trump started racking up key states such as North Carolina, Ohio, Iowa and Florida. Clinton won critical states Virginia and Colorado but lost Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, which she was counting on. While the dust will take a while to settle on an election riddled with scandals and - as it turns out - surprises, one key takeaway is that assassin voters are becoming more and more important and that polling met


JOIN THE CONVERSATION
Share this chart

Share this chart Editor's remarks: The South African Rand got a major boost yesterday as prosecutors dropped charges against the Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Although the position has been somewhat of a rotating door recently, investors are content with consistency, reduced internal conflict and the support this lends towards the African National Congress, South Africa's ruling party. However, this seems to be a false dawn for the high-flying currency as protests continue from students around the country and domestic reforms still go missing while the Gordhan still has another investigation


JOIN THE CONVERSATION
  • Joanna Kwietniewska    5 minute read

    European FinTech: Evaluating the Future

    Growing Industry
  • Ryan Shea    8 minute read

    Sentiment Issues, Confidence Tricks, Market Movements

    Listen to the Crowd
  • Snezana Sokolovska    7 minute read

    Sovereign Cryptocurrencies: Should Central Banks Issue Them?

    New Currency
  • Akshat Joshi    7 minute read

    Global M&A: What Has Happened and Where Next?

    Looking Ahead
  • Stuti Sareen    6 minute read

    The BRICS New Development Bank: A Potential Challenge to the World Bank?

    Challenging Normal Order
  • Liam Lambert    5 minute read

    Why China’s ICO Ban Actually Helps Bitcoin

    The Silver Lining
  • Joshua Maxey    6 minute read

    Quant Funds Are Data Hungry: Where Will They Get the Numbers from?

    The New Era of Data: Advertisement Feature
  • Saul Mendelsohn    7 minute read

    Is Monetary Policy in the Eurozone Too Loose?

    Economic Rejuvenation

Paraguay’s Agriculture: Just How Much is at Risk?

Uncertain Harvest
Oliver Yorke 5 min

Infrastructure in Texas: Its Current State

Faltering Industry
Henry Teitelbaum

The Hong Kong Housing Market: A Bubble About to Burst?

Rising Prices
Ida Chak 6 min

M&A Activity: Has it Increased in the UK?

Enlarging Companies?
Rishi Patel 4 min

ICOs: Doomsayers, Wishful Thinkers and Regulators

A Bump in the Road
Liam Lambert 9 min

Gilead Sciences: Will the Company Continue Its Rise?

Upward Growth
Rutger Bloemenkamp

Modern Investing: How CFDs Are Changing the Game

Easing Access
Edward Bottomley

InsurTech: Can it Help Countries Afflicted by Natural Disasters?

Technological Solutions
Euan Austin 11 min

Log in with your details

or    

Forgot your details?

Create Account

Send this to a friend