Commentary

Ringgit a touch weaker but not ruffled post FOMC

By Bernama – September 21, 2017 @ 9:50am KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit opened lower against the US dollar today as the greenback advanced after the US Federal Reserve System (Fed) left its interest rate unchanged at its meeting yesterday. At 9am, the local unit was quoted at 4.1965/2005 against ...

GBP/USD – Pound Jumps Above 1.34 as BoE Hints at Rate Hike

The British pound has surged in the Thursday session. In North American trade, GBP/USD is trading at 1.3393, up 1.40% on the day. On the release front, the Bank of England held the benchmark rate at 0.25%, but hinted at a rate hike before the end of the year. In the U.S., CPI and Core CPI both im ...

European banking: set to shrug off slow revenue growth

European banks have frequently been in the headlines of the financial media this year. We have seen bank bailouts in Italy, mergers and acquisitions in Spain, large volumes of primary bank issuance as governments sold their stakes and the sector has remained a proxy for market sentiment on future ...

Why investors should be wary of many new ETFs

While new investment products can be enticing, a lot of new ETFs mean higher prices and more risk. The best ETFs represent a low-cost, tax-efficient way for investors to make money in the long term. However, as often happens after the successful launch of any new investment product, the financial i ...

Overview of what happened in equity markets in August 2017

Geopolitics came into play in August Financial markets clearly tracked the deterioration in the geopolitical and political climate in August. Investors were spooked by the tragic terrorist attacks in Spain but the main reason for nervousness in the equity markets came from Washington. The war of ...

Emotional Stress is Contagious

A reminder from Ben Carlson today about why sometimes it’s best to ignore the crowd. You can catch a whiff of its emotion and become contaminated with it yourself. And I don’t just mean in the form of reading the wrong market commentary, which can be deadly to your portfolio and your future in i ...

Spreading out your investments to reduce risk: A guide to safer investing

Spreading out your investments to reduce risk is a strategy that successful investors utilize As an investor, are you good at spreading out your investments to reduce risk? It’s a key component to being a successful investor. Successful investors never “go for broke,” as the saying goes. Inst ...

Patience, Patience, Patience

Q2 earnings season has come and gone and traders liked what they heard and saw. This is the primary reason the market has come to life, in spite of some things going on out there that might normally spook the market. For those of you out there who don't know what we do at EarningsBeats it's act ...

Embracing Cryptos and Bashing Gold - Rory Hall

August 3, 2017 We are beginning to see and hear more and more from the mainstream media about cryptocurrencies – just all positive, gleeful sounds of joy. Ben Bernanke will be delivering the key note speech, in October, at an upcoming blockchain conference. Jim Cramer recently said bitcoin cou ...

Suncor Energy pumps up resources to profit from higher oil

Oil prices have moved up about 8% in the past two months to roughly $50 U.S. a barrel. The gain is largely due to OPEC’s production cuts. U.S. output of shale oil has also slowed as producers focus on their most-promising operations. One of Canada’s energy giants has increased production, while ...