Global Investing

Weekly Radar: Managing expectations

January 24, 2013

With a week to go in January, global stock markets are up 3.8 percent – gently nudging higher after the new year burst and with a continued evaporation of volatility gauges toward new 5-year lows. That’s all warranted by a reappraisal of the global economy as well as murmurs about longer-term strategic shifts back to under-owned and cheaper equities. But, as ever, you can never draw a straight line. If we were to get this sort of move every month this year, then total returns for the year on the MCSI global index would be 50 percent – not impossible I guess, but highly unlikely. So, at some stage the market will pause, hestitate or even take a step back. Is now the time just three weeks into the year?

Three snapshots for Tuesday

May 15, 2012

The euro zone just avoided recession in the first quarter of 2012 but the region’s debt crisis sapped the life out of the French and Italian economies and widened a split with paymaster Germany.

Three snapshots for Friday

March 16, 2012

One Apple chart that has been going down for 10 years is its forward P/E ratio:

Rising gasoline prices push up American’s inflation expectations for the next year:

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.

How to Spend It – for sovereign wealth funds (2)

April 22, 2009

On our way to a meeting in London with a senior official of a sovereign wealth fund from an emerging market country, my colleague and I came across a van from a company called Sovereign Recovery.

Birders of the world unite

September 12, 2008

Rainbow lorikeet The San Francisco Bay Area burnished its reputation as an innovation hub with the TechCrunch50 conference this week, a gathering of start-ups, venture capitalists, analysts and other tech industry insiders. Fledgling companies’ offerings varied from financial services products to widgets to the requisite array of social networking and gaming sites.