Global Investing

Three snapshots for Wednesday

March 21, 2012

Saudi Arabia has repeated publicly it would prime its pumps to meet any shortfall in exports from fellow OPEC member Iran, this chart shows their production since 1980:

Three snapshots for Monday

March 19, 2012

The NAHB U.S. homebuilder sentiment index held at 28, below economists’ expectations for 30.

What chances true democracy in oil-rich Iran?

March 2, 2012

Truly, oil can be a curse. Having it may enrich a country (more likely its rulers) but it does not seem condusive to democracy. And the more oil a country produces, the less likely it is to make the transition to democracy, according to research from investment bank Renaisssance Capital.

European corporate bonds flourishing

February 22, 2012

A new set of data from Thomson Reuters sheds light on blossoming European corporate bond activity.

Venezuela — high risk, higher yield

June 10, 2011

Venezuela's Chavez with Lukashenko of Belarus

Which bond would you rather buy — one issued by a country with an unpredictable leader but huge oil reserves, or one with  a dictatorial president as well as empty coffers? The answer should be a no brainer. Not so. The countries are Venezuela and Belarus, and a basic comparison of their debt profiles shows how strangely risk can be priced in emerging markets.

from Summit Notebook:

Is emerging Europe out of the woods yet?

By Michael Winfrey
October 8, 2010

A surge in portfolio inflows is flooding into emerging central Europe, although yield-hungry investors are picking solid HUNGARY IMF/MATOLCSYpolicy and higher growth over countries still struggling to put the crisis behind them.

from MacroScope:

More than green shoots

June 8, 2009

MacroScope is pleased to post the following from guest blogger Stewart Armer. Stewart is head of socially responsible investing at Fortis Investments. He outlines here how huge stimulus plans could boost sustainable economic development. His team blogs on this issue at SRI Blog.

More than a nice-to-have, buy-side considers its actions

May 20, 2009

More than a “nice to have,” investor sentiment is running heavily on the side of environment, social and governance (ESG) factors, according to the latest Thomson Reuters Perception Snapshot.

from Summit Notebook:

Nasdaq president to finance companies: come hither

May 12, 2009

A fertile planting ground for tech, biotech and even some energy offerings, Nasdaq OMX has historically struggled to lure listings in some other areas, notably financial services.

from Commodity Corner:

Correlation Between Oil and Equities Markets

May 7, 2009

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Oil prices have been trading in an unusually strong positive correlation with equities markets over the past few months on hopes that signs of an economic recovery could mean a boost for energy demand.