Free Trade: New Challenges Ahead

On the 23rd of June 2016, the British people decided to leave the EU, the only geographical area that almost completely fits the textbook definition of free trade, i.e. “the economic policy of not discriminating against imports from and exports to foreign jurisdictions.”. They made this decision official on the 27th of March, and lotsContinue reading “Free Trade: New Challenges Ahead”

Johnson & Johnson to Acquire Actelion for $30 Billion With Spin-Out of New R&D Company

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), the world’s largest healthcare holding company, with total registered worldwide sales of $71.89bn in 2016, has unveiled its intention to acquire the Swiss drug-maker Actelion Ltd (SIX:ATLN) with a move that will cost $30bn to the US company. Johnson & Johnson Johnson & Johnson is an American multinational medical devices, pharmaceutical and consumer packagedContinue reading “Johnson & Johnson to Acquire Actelion for $30 Billion With Spin-Out of New R&D Company”

Everything happening in the Markets: Winners and Losers of 2016

Here’s a look at some of the best and worst performing assets in global financial markets as 2016 ends. Currencies British pounds are almost unanimously rated to be the worst performing currency in the year of 2016, which suffered significant devaluation due to the Brexit referendum on 23rd June, 2016. Overnight GBP plummeted, a priceContinue reading “Everything happening in the Markets: Winners and Losers of 2016”

FINANCIAL MARKETS: WHERE WE ARE AND WHERE WE ARE GOING

Having a look at some of the biggest winners and losers on the global financial markets in 2015, Jamaican stocks result to be among the top performers; the island nation’s index rose more than 80 percent. As for losers, the political issues and lower oil prices have hurt the Ukrainian equities index, which has tumbled 56Continue reading “FINANCIAL MARKETS: WHERE WE ARE AND WHERE WE ARE GOING”

Shadows at the horizon – Breaking through Shadow Banking

Shadow banking refers to the whole range of intermediaries that intermediate credit through complex funding techniques. Unlike the traditional banking system, which is shielded from runs because of insurance guarantees, the shadow banking system entails a very high level of risk. This very risk gathers momentum regarding the size of the system. Arguably, it isContinue reading “Shadows at the horizon – Breaking through Shadow Banking”

Islamic Finance: The Way Forward

In 2008, while western governments were claiming for a more sustainable and regulated financial system, their counterparts in the Middle East were working towards a long-term global expansion plan for their ancient but efficient model of capital distribution: Islamic Finance. How is Islamic Finance doing better than capitalism? The answer lies in the sukuk-based financialContinue reading “Islamic Finance: The Way Forward”