Monthly Archives: August 2013

japan monster

Fukushima disaster nationalised again!

We asked readers to watch Fukushima news flow carefully as local utility Tepco floundered from one botched leaky solution to another.

August 26th, 2013 by

Editorial

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Bonds: When does a Fed taper become a tickle?

The summer months have been dominated by a bond sell-off and emerging market currency volatility as fears grow of the Fed “tapering” its QEazy bond purchasing support program.

August 26th, 2013 by

Debt

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Microsoft: CEO departure adds $25 billion to company value!

For those of a sensitive nature there’s always a touch of sympathy when a CEO announces his departure and a share price races higher in celebration. Howdya feel about a $25 billion higher valuation?

August 23rd, 2013 by

Quality Franchises

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Currency beauty is in the eye of the Brazilian beholder!

Was it only a few years ago that Brazil’s finance minister was bemoaning a strong Real as Buzz Bernanke went to QE infinity?

August 23rd, 2013 by

Editorial

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ING faces triple whammy….

Europe’s financial stocks have had a very good run but the admission by Germany’s finance minister that Greece will need a third bail-out suggests euro leverage problems have not gone away.

August 23rd, 2013 by

Financials

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The rise and rise of the machines locks up $5.7 trillion or humanity!

Wowzers! The 3 hour shut down of the Nasdaq and its $5.7 trillion of frozen securities was probably the worst of the three – yes, three! – rogue trading machine incidents this week.

August 23rd, 2013 by

Editorial

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Rising interest rates pose a very big behavioural question!

By now most investors will have caught the headlines about rising bond yields and higher mortgage rates but is it just more financial noise to be largely ignored?

August 22nd, 2013 by

Debt

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Macro: Three major consequences of an interest rate shock….

Yes, the charts of spiking US bond yields are familiar by now but it is remarkable to see the pronounced ripple effect of such moves across a variety of investment classes. Three snippets caught our eye…

August 21st, 2013 by

Funds

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UK Dividend Stocks: Oil sector volte-face on expansion!

Ooooohhh. Whisper it quietly but the oil sector might be seeing sense. The WealthiFi view has been that the returns on existing and future oil assets are well below historic experiences.

August 21st, 2013 by

Style & Sector Trends

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Goldman Sachs: The almost daily rise of the machines!

Don’t worry the Goldman Sachs money making machine is still alive and kicking but it’s another day, and we have another rogue machine trading error. Only a few days ago Everbright Securities ran amok in Shanghai.

August 21st, 2013 by

Financials

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