Private Equity – The best asset-class of the last 25 years

Private Equity – What is it? Private equity (PE) has gained a great amount of influence in today’s financial marketplace, but only few people actually understand the ins and outs of the industry. This quick article (less than “360” seconds long!) breaks down the topic, discussing in brief (i) the different types of PE strategies;Continue reading “Private Equity – The best asset-class of the last 25 years”

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Bitcoin: Is this time different?

Bitcoin: Is this time different? Spoiler: NO. Bitcoin is the buzzword of our decade, even grandmas talk about it in their tea sessions with friends. Is Bitcoin the future? Will it substitute fiat money? Has it really a value? The aim of this article is to address these questions with tested frameworks and examples fromContinue reading “Bitcoin: Is this time different?”

China 2017: Snapshot

China is facing some structural problems in 2017, Said Medley Global Advisor (MGA), a research institute of Financial Times. The first one is whether China’s economy can achieve its re-balance of reducing reliance on investment and increasing consumption in 2017. As the average increasing rate of 6.7% in 2016 is exactly the same as itsContinue reading “China 2017: Snapshot”

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”