Category: Market commentary

Market update

China Update

In a week where the City usually heads to the beach for summer, traders were ambushed by a wave of volatility. The previous week’s devaluation of the Chinese yuan was followed by the release of poor Chinese manufacturing data that fueled concerns about slowing global growth. The damage had previously been contained to cyclically-sensitive companies […]






The Markets

There may be potential for a reality television programme starring central bankers and the making of economic policy. It could be called, ‘The Real Central Bankers of the European Economic Community.’ Just imagine the last two weeks’ episodes. Two weeks ago, the Swiss National Bank shocked markets by unpegging its currency and sending the value of the Swiss franc skyward






Investment Advice

Last Week In Switzerland, A Big Mac Cost $7.54

The Economist invented the Big Mac Index in 1986 as an entertaining way to assess whether currencies were at the “correct” levels. The index uses purchasing power parity (PPP) to measure one currency against another. PPP is the idea that exchange rates should adjust so the same product (in this case, a hamburger) has the […]

The Markets

There may be potential for a reality television programme starring central bankers and the making of economic policy. It could be called, ‘The Real Central Bankers of the European Economic Community.’ Just imagine the last two weeks’ episodes. Two weeks ago, the Swiss National Bank shocked markets by unpegging its currency and sending the value […]






The Google Effect

What can’t Google do? Free email, customised searches, maps, apps, browsers, video—the list goes on. Now researchers claim to have found a link between Google searches and future stock market movements.

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