Shares and Indices

Shares and Indices

A Rise in U.S Bond Yields

Is rising bond yields bad news for the equity markets? Bond yields are an important indicator to gauge the direction of equities. They have an inverse relationship which explains why the stocks markets were in a sea of red when the US 10 -Yr Treasury yields soared to multi-year highs on Wednesday. The catalysts behind the surge in yields are mai...

October 5, 2018
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Apple—Can It Survive In Next Decade?

Apple is the first company on this planet to reach a $1 Trillion Market value, each year continuing to release brand new innovative products including the latest iPhone to hit shelves. There is no doubt that Apple is the technology king of this generation given its following, constant growth, and company profits. However, can it maintain its innova...

September 25, 2018
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Amazon Joins the Trillion Club

Just over a month ago Apple became the first company to reach $1 trillion market cap after its shares closed at $207 per share. Now Amazon has become the second company to hit the historic milestone after its share price rose to $2,050 per share.  In case you didn’t know, Amazon offers a range of products and services through its websites. The...

September 5, 2018
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Warning Signs Of An Economic Storm Front

In Economics, the difference between 10 Year and 2 Year Bond Yields is one of the leading indicators that help investors to observe any significant changes in the economy. Let's break things down a little further. Firstly, common sense dictates that if you want to make a term deposit in the bank, the rate you can get from the long-term deposit wil...

August 17, 2018
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Are the bond markets overwhelming or intimidating?

By ​Deepta Bolaky The intermarket relationships between commodities, currency, equity and bond markets are key in understanding the way the markets interact and move. Some markets will move with each other while others will move against each other. There are different types of bonds but for the purpose of this article, we will use the U.S Treas...

August 7, 2018
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Bullish Technical Reversal Trend

By ​Deepta Bolaky “Buy the Dips” and “Sell the Rallies” are widely followed strategies by new or experienced traders.  Buy-the-dip strategy is becoming increasingly popular based on the theory of market fluctuations. It takes into consideration that the market will eventually rally up at pre-dip prices at some point. “Nowadays, trade...

July 31, 2018
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World’s Largest Stock Exchanges

Almost every country in the world has a stock exchange with some countries having multiple exchanges. There are over 60 major exchanges across the globe with the total market cap of over $85 trillion. But only 18 of those are in the so-called ''$1 trillion club''. The top 18 stock exchanges have a total value of $77 trillion which makes up around 9...

July 30, 2018
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Monitoring Volatility and Spotting Trading Opportunities

US Markets With relatively sound fundamentals driven by strong earnings growth so far in this earning season, US equity markets have continued their bullish trend. The S&P500 bounced back strong from its 100-day moving average in early July, and by going over the 2800 level, it seems to be on track to reach its all-time high of 2870,  possibly...

July 25, 2018
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Dollar Index Treading on Familiar Ground

If you’re familiar with the US dollar Index, you might have noticed it has moved in a repetitive pattern for the past few years. You need to treat every six months as a cycle, at the end of this cycle (June, December), the Fed will generally raise interest rates. Here’s a look at how this pattern may look: The Cycle Jan-Feb and July-Aug ...

July 19, 2018
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Opportunities in the Third Quarter – Equity and Currency Markets

By Deepta Bolaky STOCK MARKETS After a stellar year for the stock markets, investors were entertaining the idea that equities will outperform in 2018 even though a correction above 15% was expected at some point. The U.S equity markets showed impressive strength in 2017 without experiencing the major pullbacks that often accompany rallies. The rall...

July 18, 2018
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First Quarter Overview – Massive Swings and Volatility in Stock Markets

First Quarter Overview - Massive Swings and Volatility in Stock Markets   First quarter of the year ended with markets experiencing massive swings and volatility. Higher bond yields, revised inflation expectations and a potential trade war brought fears to the markets, making investors very sensitive to any economic data releases or changes ...

April 17, 2018
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Amazon on Track to Become a $1 Trillion Company

Amazon on Track to Become a $1 Trillion Company   By Klavs Valters With Apple close to becoming the first company in the world to reach $1 trillion market cap, Amazon is also closing in. As one of the world’s largest online retailers it is on track to reach the milestone by 2022, according to Jefferies analyst Brent Thill. Thill sees the e...

March 22, 2018
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Are we 5 weeks away from a US Government shutdown?

Are we 5 weeks away from a US Government shutdown? …and what does this mean for the markets?   President Donald Trump has had a few admittedly less-than-stellar weeks. Topping off his widely condemned remarks following the Charlottesville, Virginia events, he went on to attack his Republican colleagues in the House and Senate. Recent polling...

September 20, 2017
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Europe’s Bond-Buying Program

The European Central Bank (ECB) engaged into a €2 trillion bond buying program to promote economic growth and drive inflation up in the Eurozone. It involves buying assets from commercial banks to inject more funds in the banking system. It is a non-standard monetary policy commonly referred as quantitative easing (QE). The market expected the QE...

September 7, 2017
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US Indices at Record Highs

US Indices at Record Highs US Indices have hit record highs in 2017 and are continuing to rally since the Trump presidency began back in January. The recent rally in the US Indices is mainly due to big number of companies reporting stronger performance results than the experts were predicting and a weaker dollar. Now let’s look at how the main US...

August 3, 2017
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