Markets have been incredibly skittish over the last week.
And, while there are many reasons for concern, one of the main issues driving share prices lower is fear over the “inverted yield curve”.
If you skim the financial news, you'll see headlines like:
“Yield curve inversion hammers US small banks”
“Bond market yield curve inverts, signalling Fed may be too slow to cut... ››› more
The ongoing trade war between the US and China escalated last week when President Trump said they would initiate another 10% tariff hike on Chinese imports worth $300 billion effective 1 September 2019.
Since then, we have seen a huge drop - over 5% on the S&P500, Dow Jones, Yuan currency and even the JSE.
Investors are becoming really worried about global stability and it's driving them ... ››› more
The quote above is what Jehan Chu, managing partner at blockchain investment and advisory firm Kenetic Capital in Hong Kong, recently said about Bitcoin.
What made him say this?
Well, last week Donald Trump continued his ‘tariff tantrum' by adding 10% tariffs on another $300 billion in Chinese imports, starting 1 September.
China retaliated by asking state buyers to halt American ag... ››› more
When Facebook announced plans to launch its new digital currency Libra, it was met with fear…Especially in China.
When questioned on Facebook's Libra at a press conference, the founder and CEO of Huawei hit back saying,
“China can also issue such a [crypto]currency by itself. Why wait for others to issue it? The power of a country is always stronger than an Internet company.”
The ... ››› more
We are already in July 2019 and in the last six months, we've seen the SP500 index rise 17% for the first time since 1997.
With the truce agreement between the US and China that took place at the G20 summit, the rumours about the FED cutting interest rates and the index breaking above the psychological 3,000 level - It looks like we are in for a very profitable ride with the SP500.
But, ... ››› more
On 28 May 2019, roughly $16 billion flowed into one stock market.
Did you hear about this in the financial news?
These days, investors have been glued to the trade-war news, which has caused major uncertainty around global growth and stock markets to fall.
But this $16 billion cash injection is a huge story. One that I’ve covered in Real Wealth since 2017.
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The US/China trade war has continued to escalate as President Trump tries to lock in a victory ahead of next year's presidential elections.
Huawei, the Chinese smartphone maker, is the most recent target of his attacks. The company uses Google's Android operating system for its phones and due to US sanctions, it is likely that Google will be prevented from doing business with the company.
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Electric cars have been the only answer to reducing the world's dependence on oil and reducing carbon emissions.
China specifically has led the charge in electric car sales in an effort to reduce its smog ridden cities.
This has seen electric car sales in China surpass 1 million cars a year.
Expectations are that China alone will sell more than 1.8 million electric cars in 2019 - but t... ››› more
Let's just get it out of the way immediately, Naspers is a great company.
It really is.
I am in no way a Naspers bear. But I am a cautious bull.
I do not, for one second, think Naspers will pull a Steinhoff, Mediclinic, Aspen, Tongaat, [insert other JSE listed entity] on us anytime soon.
But I am still underweight on the stock for some very fundamental investment reasons. And, given t... ››› more
Did you know in 2000, just 4% of China's urban population was considered middle class?
Did you know by 2012, that number soared to 68%?
To put that into perspective…
In 2000, around 5 million people in China were consider middle class.
More than a decade later, around 230 million people in China are now considered middle class.
But here's where it gets even more interesting…... ››› more
If you haven't noticed by now, I don't get influenced by what's HOT in the media.
Last week I spoke about my prediction, where I believe the rand will weaken to R16.80. If you missed it, you can look for the article "I was wrong".
If you search MoneyWeb.co.za, the Star and Business Day live ,you'll see the media is bombarding readers on why the rand is expected to weaken.
I like to write ... ››› more
As I write to you, I'm still working out of the MoneyWeek offices in London. Yesterday I had a chat with two of my colleagues there, Dan Denning and Nick O'Connor.
Dan and Nick head up the daily free British stock market and economics email newsletter, Capital and Conflict.
Anyway, back to the chat I had with Nick and Dan. We spoke about Bitcoin.
If you haven't noticed Bitcoin has been ... ››› more
Do you know that one of the strongest and largest banks in Europe is in big trouble?
Yes, Deutsche Bank struggles go way back to last year, when the company reported a loss of €6.8 billion.
And just recently, news came out that the bank faces a $14bn charge over mis-selling mortgage securities in the US.
But if you don't own Deutsche Bank's shares, why should you care?
Well, South Af... ››› more
With a booming population and an ever growing investment market, China overtook the US as the world's largest recipient of foreign capital investments. Official statistics from China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) show foreign direct investment (FDI) into China reaching $35.4 billion in the first quarter of 2016. That's a 4.5% increase from the same period in 2015. The US economy fell from its po... ››› more
The Chinese government has finally scrapped its one child policy. This comes as the country faces an ever ageing population with a dwindling number of younger people to join the work force.
So does this present any investment opportunities?
Let's take a closer look…
China is raising its child policy to two
The government in China has announced that it is scrapping its one ... ››› more
The Chinese central bank, the People's Bank of China, just cut interest rates again. Whilst on the negative side it shows that the country's economy is struggling, it could be good news for investors.
So why is an interest rate cut a positive?
Read on to find out…
What happens in China when interest rates fall?
Looking over the past two decades, when China cuts interest ra... ››› more
Earlier today, China released its gross domestic product (GDP) data for the third quarter of the year.
The data showed that economic growth has pulled back to its lowest level since 2009, but the data was better than many analysts forecast.
Let's take a closer look at what's going on…
Economic growth slowed to 6.9% from 7%
The Chinese Bureau of Statistics said that “gross domest... ››› more
Deutsche Bank MSCI China TR Index exchange traded note (ETN) tracks the MSCI China TRN Index. The ETN has a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange…
Full name: Deutsche Bank MSCI China TR Index ETN
Short name: DBCHINETN
Sector: JSE listed notes
Five top facts about Deutsche Bank MSCI China TR Index ETN
ETNs are debt instruments that trade on a stock exc... ››› more
The last few weeks have seen extreme volatility on global markets. It's been hard work for both investors and traders to cope with what's been going on.
The Volatility Index hit levels not seen in six years.
So what are the risks facing your portfolio at the moment? And how can you deal with them?
Read on to find out…
Investment risk #1: China
In June, the Chinese stock market ... ››› more
Since the markets in the Middle East opened yesterday, global stock markets have been going in one direction: Sharply down.
Investors are selling off holdings as concerns grow over what lies in store for the Chinese economy.
This morning, Asian stock markets closed down in excess of 5%.
So what is all the panic about?
Let's take a closer look…
Asian stock markets fell hard
A... ››› more
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