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A market is one of the many varieties of systems, institutions, procedures, social relations and infrastructures whereby parties engage in exchange. While parties may exchange goods and services by barter, most markets rely on sellers offering their goods or services in exchange for money from buyers.

A financial market is a market in which people trade financial securities and derivatives at low transaction costs. Some of the securities include stocks and bonds, and precious metals.

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Markets reaction over Covid-19 outbreak – Insight on pandemic and corona bonds

The world economy is falling into recession as the virus outbreak involves more countries, but as the IMF chief economist Gita Gopinath points out, this is not like a normal recession. This health system crisis and the drastic governments’ actions as the self-isolation and forced quarantine are strongly affecting the global real economy. These actionsContinue reading “Markets reaction over Covid-19 outbreak – Insight on pandemic and corona bonds”

TESLA REACHES A NEW ALL-TIME HIGH. IS THIS FINALLY GOING TO BE ITS TURNING POINT?

Wall Street, New York. On February 19, at the closure of the stock market, Tesla has reached the highest valuation since the company’s listing in 2010:  $917.42 per share. A new outstanding record for Elon Musk’s creature, a company that has a tormented and turbulent history, but which, in good or bad times, has alwaysContinue reading “TESLA REACHES A NEW ALL-TIME HIGH. IS THIS FINALLY GOING TO BE ITS TURNING POINT?”

REPO RATE SPIKE AND FEDERAL RESERVE INTERVENTION

These last months have been characterized by an increasing importance of the role of the Repurchase Agreements in the financial markets. The rate linked to it has never been this fundamental thus attracting the attention of the entire financial world. Much attention was attributed to the unprecedented spike of Repo rates in September. Market participantsContinue reading “REPO RATE SPIKE AND FEDERAL RESERVE INTERVENTION”

The US economy through the eyes of this earning season

The earnings season started again, as for every quarter, with corporates announcing results and updating their business guidance. Investors were very nervous worldwide due to geopolitics tensions such as Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans, US-China trade talks and Hong Kong protests against the Chinese government. Some bears are looking at signs for the longest-ever bull market’sContinue reading “The US economy through the eyes of this earning season”

US-China Trade War Effect on the EU

Back in March we introduced and briefly discussed Trump’s intention to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum goods. In less than a year those trade disputes escalated in a trade war, impacting not only the two involved countries but also other trading partners, including the EU. The disaffection versus international institutions has been driven byContinue reading “US-China Trade War Effect on the EU”

Alternative investments will hit record $14 trillion AUM in 2023. What about PE?

Alternative investments will hit record $14 trillion AUM in 2023. What about PE? The popularity of the alternative investments space does not come as a novelty in a period in which investors increasingly seek to shy away from the less attractive returns of traditional asset classes. The news is however, that forecasts see the industryContinue reading “Alternative investments will hit record $14 trillion AUM in 2023. What about PE?”

Our view on 2019

What’s up buddy? At the beginning of 2018, the VIX, an instrument which tracks the volatility of the S&P500, surged dramatically showing a comeback of fear among investors (Figure 1) following a period of extreme calm started after the financial crisis. Figure 1: Higher VIX since February 2018 Source: Bloomberg February’s spike in volatility ledContinue reading “Our view on 2019”

2018 EU-US Outlook: Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?

As the first quarter of the year is headed to the end and new challenges lay ahead for international financial markets, frame the actual situation is necessary to adapt to future changes. 2017 has been a record year both in terms of returns and volatility. Looking at historic data, seems obvious the past year representsContinue reading “2018 EU-US Outlook: Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?”

The return of megadeals: Blackstone buys Thomson Reuters’ data unit for $17bn

On 30.01.2018, Blackstone announced to buy a majority stake in the data business of Thomson Reuters, the world’s second largest financial information provider. It’s the private equity group’s biggest purchase since the financial crisis, pitting the firepower and network of Stephen Schwarzman, who oversees $387bn in Blackstone funds, against fellow billionaire and former New YorkContinue reading “The return of megadeals: Blackstone buys Thomson Reuters’ data unit for $17bn”

Are We on the Verge of a Trade War?

Many of us have been asking ourselves this question after President Trump announced his intention to impose 25% and 10% tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, respectively. Trump’s announcement might be challenging the GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) which despite evolving throughout time, have remained the WTO’s foundation since its establishment after WorldContinue reading “Are We on the Verge of a Trade War?”

Bond activity after the American election

Trump’s victory in November led up to sudden changes in financial markets. Firstly, the fiscal spending he promised has led to higher commodities price as the US government will ask for more commodities to build more facilities. The future tax reduction under Trump’s administration results in repatriation of dollars that strengthens the US currency. TheContinue reading “Bond activity after the American election”

The NPLs in the Italian Banking System

The 2008 financial crisis has caused a great depression in the global economy and it has been particularly severe in Italy. Consequently, the banking system has suffered deeply the effects of the prolonged recession. The amount of Non-Performing Loans (NPLs) has increased constantly, and now it has reached a dimension big enough to undermine theContinue reading “The NPLs in the Italian Banking System”

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