Global Investing

Investors cutting back on equity buying

October 1, 2009

This month’s Reuters global asset allocation survey shows that investors have cut back on buying equities after an almost non-stop rally since March.

from MacroScope:

Investor sentiment roadmap

August 7, 2009

Investor sentiment goes through various phases in an economic cycle -- from optimism, euphoria to panic and depression, back to hope and optimism.

Are investors building for a fall?

July 30, 2009

Reuters has taken its monthly snapshot of the investment choices of leading fund management houses across the world. At the end of July, the picture painted was one of investors embracing risk and shutting down their safest holdings.

from Funds Hub:

Western investors fear Dubai’s Wild East reputation

July 27, 2009

By Jason Benham

Glitzy Dubai's property market is in trouble, there's no doubt about that. Just take a look at the hundreds of motionless cranes, unfinished projects and the expats who are leaving in droves as they lose their jobs.

Milestone mania

July 27, 2009

The S&P 500 index is approaching 1,000, Nasdaq is nearing 2,000, the Nikkei is above 10,000 and Dow could surpass 10,000 soon.

Real-estate investors go back to schools

July 10, 2009

The old adage – there is no better time to go back to school than during a recession – seems to ring true for real estate investments as well.******With recession-wary workers and rising international interest driving up university applications, student home operators in the UK are enjoying near 100 percent occupancies, with rents predicted to go up 10 percent this year.******In contrast, other property classes in the UK such as offices, shopping malls and factories have seen values plunge a startling 45 percent since mid-2007. And the recession means rents are forecast to fall as much as 15 percent this year as landlords face the rising threat of tenant defaults.******As I wrote earlier, investors such as pension funds that were burnt by traditional commercial assets are now turning to the student accommodation market for the projected growth and steady returns other parts of the market aren’t delivering.******

Students pack up their dorm room after graduating from university in the city of Xian, Shaanxi Province July 3, 2004. REUTERS/China Photos WC/FA

Bad Corp is better than Zqjrlbawzx Corp

July 1, 2009

Got a company to set up? Better go for a simpler name.

That is what psychologists at Princeton University found in a  survey when they studied data from two major U.S. stock exchanges on initial public offerings.

from Global News Journal:

Back to the future in Malaysia with Anwar sodomy trial II

July 1, 2009

By Barani Krishnan

A decade ago, Malaysia's former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim was on trial for sodomy and corruption in a trial that exposed the seamy side of Malaysian justice and the anxieties of a young country grappling with a crushing financial crisis and civil unrest.

Permabears are coming out of hibernation

May 27, 2009

After a 40-percent gain, the rally in world stocks might be losing momentum.

For permabears who live on doom and gloom to make money this is just a blip which is going to end in tears.

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.