Global Investing

No Laughing Matter

October 1, 2008

The global financial crisis is no laughing matter for many people, but it has nonetheless laugh1.jpgresurrected some dreadful puns that were popular back during the Japanese banking fiasco in the 1990s. Doing the rounds by e-mail are the following:

The final frontier market

September 25, 2008

The present may be pretty bleak for investors, but that has not stopped one firm from looking decidedly at the future – privatised space travel. Fortis Investments reckons space tourism will one day become all the rage with travellers willing to fork out thousands upon thousands of dollars for the adventure.

Going back to Quakers?

September 23, 2008

InvestorIn these troubled times, go back to basics.

Theo Zemek, AXA Investment Managers‘ global head of fixed income, says investors should adopt “Quaker investment policies” – sober and safe investment strategies that can be explained to their grandmothers.

UK economy — too gloomy to chart?

September 18, 2008

During a briefing in the London office of Societe Generale this week, Alain Bokobza, head of European Equity and Cross Asset strategy, handed out a booklet containing series of charts and graphs to explain the bank’s latest multi asset portfolio for the fourth quarter.
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As he explained the outlook for the UK economy, a chart on UK growth was discreetly missing from the booklet.

Thou shalt invest wisely?

September 3, 2008

Bull markets are funMerrill Lynch is giving a refresher course on Ten Markets Rules to Remember, created by Bob Farrell, the bank’s former dean of research during his tenure from 1957-2001.

Boeing hopes a $2,500 signing bonus will seal the deal

September 2, 2008

It’s been three years since the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers last agreed to a contract with Boeing, the end result of a strike at the aerospace company that lasted about a month.