Global Investing

Risks loom for South Africa’s bond rally

July 23, 2012

Investors are wondering how much longer the rally in South Africa’s local bond markets will last.

March bulls give way to April bears in emerging markets

By Reuters Staff
April 13, 2012

The dust has settled on a scintillating first quarter for emerging markets but the cross-asset rally of the first three months has already run out of steam. A survey by Societe Generale of 69 EM investors shows that over half are bearish — at least for the near-term.

Bullish Barclays says to buy Portuguese debt

By Reuters Staff
March 22, 2012

Some bets are not for the faint-hearted. Risky punts are even less so following a sovereign debt crisis, one that has riddled European debt markets for two years. Barclays Capital, however, recommends a particularly unusual bet, one that your parents might baulk at.

The best of all worlds for investors?

October 12, 2009

Could it be that equity and bond investors are living in the best of all worlds at the moment?

from Summit Notebook:

Time private bankers got professional

October 7, 2009

It's hard to imagine that a banker who represents multimillionaires would be anything but professional - but a top executive at a leading global bank thinks that's precisely the wealth management industry's problem.

from Funds Hub:

Make hay while the sun shines

June 15, 2009

More good news for equity bulls from Crispin Odey.

No correction until the autumn?Odey, who called the possible start of the bull market earlier this year, says technically there is "every reason to be hopeful that a major correction will not happen before September".

Banks: what price freedom?

November 3, 2008

What price freedom? Or at least freedom from government interference?

Barclays needs to answer that question after selling big stakes to Middle East investors rather than tap taxpayer funds. The bank is effectively paying 13 percent annual interest for at least a decade, whereas it could have paid the UK Treasury 12 percent for a few years. Add in a whopping 300 million pounds in fees and the deal could cost shareholders as much as 3.2 billion pounds extra, Merrill Lynch reckons.