Global Investing

Morgan Stanley bales out

April 6, 2009

Say this for Morgan Stanley — it is not afraid to buck the trend. With world stocks up more than five percent in the few days that have been April trading and up 24 percent since hitting a low on March 9, the bank has decided bale out. In its latest strategy report, MS says it is moving 5 percent out of stocks to neutral. It likes cash.

Fool me three times, shame on me

April 2, 2009

World stocks are up 22 percent since March 9 and a sell-off earlier this week was unable to break the trend.

Bear market rally/Bull market beginning?

March 31, 2009

Another month and another Reuters asset allocation poll. This time saw investors in United States, Europe and Japan lifting their equity holdings and cutting back slightly on bonds.  Fits with what has been happening on global financial markets, where MSCI’s main world stock index is heading for its best month in at least six years.

It’s 2 o’clock. Let’s buy shares

March 25, 2009

It’s 2 o’clock. You’ve had your lunch. Now what should you do?

Buy shares, if you follow what U.S. bank Goldman Sachs has found from trading patterns among major U.S. equity indices and ETFs.

Whoops!

March 4, 2009

Just how much have world stocks suffered in the past year or so? Try this. According to the World Federation of Exchanges, the market capitalisation of global stock markets has halved. It was $63 trillion in October 2007. At the end of January this year it was only $31 trillion.

Everybody down

March 3, 2009

Thomson Reuters proprietary research shows the estimated earnings growth rate for S&P 500 index companies in the first quarter of this year to be minus 31.4 percent. As the chart below shows, all 10 sectors that comprise the index are expecting an earnings decline relative to a year earlier.

Zeitgeist check

February 27, 2009

Some more bits and bobs to capture the current mood among investors.

–  So far, 2009 is worse than 2008 for stock investors. MSCI‘s main world index is down around 17 percent in January and February.  A year ago, it had lost around 8 percent.

from Raw Japan:

Government stock rescue?

February 26, 2009

Japanese stocks are sinking towards levels unseen since 1982, sending alarmed government officials scurrying to come up with some way of propping them up.

from Funds Hub:

Great expectations

February 13, 2009

It was the outcome most commentators were expecting.

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from MacroScope:

Is the ECB driven by pride?

February 9, 2009

All the G7 countries outside the euro zone now have interest rates of 1 percent or less, prompting some grumbling in various financial quarters that the European Central Bank is being particularly stubborn in keeping its rates at 2 percent.