Monthly Archives: July 2014

Barbarians

Chart: M&A revisits 2007 levels?

The Time Warner/Fox speculation has turbo charged M&A tallies for 2014 and it’s all looking very 2006-2007. Note, however, that the influence of LBO activity is vastly reduced from 25% in 2006 vs 6% current run rate…. 

July 17th, 2014 by

Editorial

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china debt

China debt story bubbles away….

The WealthiFi site is peppered with China debt updates but we were half expecting a bit more news flow this summer. So far, not so much but the $14 trillion corporate debt story isn’t going away..

July 17th, 2014 by

Debt

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game of thrones

Media Sector: HBO is a gem but sports content is critical….

As the mainstream headlines salivate over a Fox and Time Warner combination there has  been a consensual view that HBO is the gem Fox wants . We agree HBO is a gem but a few other snippets caught our eye … Continue reading

July 17th, 2014 by

Quality Franchises

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fox news

Media M&Ayhem; this could run a lot further….

My word! Rupert Murdoch wants Time Warner, John Malone takes a nibble at ITV and WealthiFi’s words start to rhyme. Much like London prime real estate we are now seeing a media sector scramble for prime content assets…

July 17th, 2014 by

Mergers and Acquisitions

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apple store

Charting confidence….. two stocks tell us all.

We are watching consumer discretionary stocks in the US pick up speed and we stick to our best confidence barometer in the world. Check out Amazon’s chart, and if you still not convinced take a little bite out of Apple….

July 14th, 2014 by

Technology

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risky dance

Applaud the cause, but the behaviour…..?

This is a hated bull market but the central bankers are succeeding in steering behaviour. Despite nervy low volume markets the headlines have been eye-catching. Take your pick from the following…

July 14th, 2014 by

Style & Sector Trends

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complacent?

Brokers bemoan low volatility but not risk, oh really?

The drum beat of financial headlines and broker results would persuade casual observers of extremely low volatility in equities markets. Last week was a bit livelier but low volatility is no excuse for complacency.

July 14th, 2014 by

Behavioural Finance

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bears play

Nervous market; corporate earnings, not so much….

Markets were pretty weak last week which was an odd way to greet some seriously strong US employment figures. It’s not just jobs, we were struck by recent US earnings expectation trends….

July 14th, 2014 by

Behavioural Finance, Editorial

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