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QEazy ECB: 5 thoughts as to what happens next….

Amazingly, we are in our 7th year of central banking assistance to financial markets but there is apparently still a need for an additional €1.2 trillion ECB balance sheet explosion . Here are 5 early WealthiFi observations…

January 22nd, 2015 by

Financials

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US Banks: Could investors have seen the earnings risks earlier?

While the Swiss Franc steroid infusion by its central bank will garner most headlines today it is likely investors in US banks will be nursing some wounds too. JP Morgan disappointed yesterday but there’s more pain today….

January 15th, 2015 by

Financials

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More capital to follow Twitter than Kim in 2015….

This writer was struck over the Christmas holidays by how many reasonably app savvy and news hungry individuals don’t use Twitter as their primary news feed. I just assumed they did.

January 14th, 2015 by

Value

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Banks: The gift that keeps on giving…. to bankers!

JP Morgan has just missed earnings expectations on Wall St. As the mega name in a sullied sector that’s not a great start to 2015 but, frankly, everywhere you look it’s not great news for investors in the bank sector….

January 14th, 2015 by

Financials

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UK Dividend Funds: Commodity funds in disguise….

Oh boy, the indexation dinosaur is about to strike again. Of course, active equity fund managers will be criticised for lacklustre performance in 2014 but do not assume passive tracking of the UK market is without risk.

January 14th, 2015 by

Funds

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Not just US energy debt causing angst in high yield markets…

The fall-out from the oil shock drop has quickly attracted commentary as to potential contagion in the US debt markets and its approximate $200 billion of high yield bonds. But contagion does not respect country borders….

January 14th, 2015 by

Debt

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Hello 2015…Europe goes Japanese and then some!

Happy New Year WealthiFi readers. Well that didn’t take long; our previous views on Europe emulating Japan in financial gymnastics, but worse, were confirmed after just one trading day into 2015.

January 2nd, 2015 by

Editorial

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Greece is the word…..again!

Oh dear, another political crisis in Greece and an election due on January 25th. So far, markets are reasonably calm about the outcome. The question for WealthiFi readers might be “Will Greek bank deposits show similar inertia?”. 

December 30th, 2014 by

Debt

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The Japan lab rat is missing foreign fund flows…

The world’s most extreme financial experimental lab rat, Japan, is experiencing a high degree of scepticism from foreign investors. Foreign flows this year into Japan’s equity markets are down 94% from 2013.

December 30th, 2014 by

Behavioural Finance

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And the 2014 shock sector winner is…..Utilities!

Apart from oil prices the other great shock this year was lower interest rates. This has produced an entirely consistent response in terms of sector performance with Utilities taking top spot for the year in the US.

December 30th, 2014 by

Style & Sector Trends

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