• 19 May
    Brexit – Much Ado About Nothing

    Brexit – Much Ado About Nothing

    • The Brexit referendum has already caused trouble for the UK economy with slower growth and a falling pound.
    • Fortunately, polls show that the vote will be to stay in the EU.
    • Traders might take advantage of the situation as the pound still has lots of ground to recover to pre-Brexit levels.

    Introduction

    It seems that Shakespeare is still very popular in the UK as the country is staging a referendum on whether or not to stay in the European Union (British exit = Brexit). This article is going to research if Brexit is just a comedy and much ado about nothing, or if there are some real threats to an exit vote. More →

  • 18 May
    A Positive Note From Housing

    A Positive Note From Housing

    • Housing starts, positive homebuilders and a pickup in Chinese building all create a good feeling about the economy and markets.
    • Average house prices have increased but median prices show that the current situation is not even close to a bubble.
    • Rent prices are rising and therefore more buying is expected as people switch to buying instead of renting.

    Introduction

    Recent news about housing is positive. On Monday, the National Association of Home Builders reported the housing market index at 58 where a reading above 50 means that home builders have a positive feeling about the single-family housing market. Two days earlier, on Saturday, the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics reported that property investments in the first four months of 2016 rose 7.2% and construction starts gained 21.4%. And on Tuesday new housing starts came in at 1.17 million or 6.6% higher than in March. All of this is very positive news but the most important thing for investors is how this affects the economy and markets. As housing ignited the great recession, it is important to constantly be aware of what is going on in the housing market. More →

  • 17 May
    IPO Numbers Are Falling

    IPO Numbers Are Falling

    • IPO numbers are falling as increased market volatility makes investors cold towards to new issues.
    • Upward pre-IPO price revisions bring to better initial returns.
    • Recent IPO stocks get hammered at any sign of trouble in the markets.

    Introduction

    An Initial Public Offering (IPO) is the first sale of stock by a private company to the public. An underwriting firm helps the previously private company determine an offering price and brings it to the market. IPOs can be very risky but also very rewarding; who wouldn’t hope of achieving returns similar to the ones achieved by investors who bought Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) at its IPO? More →

  • 16 May
    Investing Down Under

    Investing Down Under

    • Australia has a stable and transparent economy, is rich in natural resources and the AUD currently looks cheap.
    • The Australian stock index consists of mostly financials but all have excellent ratings.
    • Only 0.09% of the S&P 500 revenues are generated in Australia therefore Australia provides additional international diversification.

    Introduction

    Australia is a country with a population of approximately 23.5 million people, highly developed with a GDP of $47,186 per capita, low unemployment rate of 6.1% and low government debt at 35% of GDP (US 125.3% of GDP). The long term interest rate is at 1.75% and the country is ranked in 13th place on the global doing business list. The Australian economy grew 3% in 2015 and it is dominated by the service sector representing 68%, followed by the mining sector that represents 7% of the economy. The above seems stable and therefore this article is going to provide an analysis about the potential risks and rewards of investing in Australia. More →

  • 13 May
    The Odds for a US Recession

    The Odds for a US Recession

    • The current is the fourth-longest US economic expansion period with 84 months of growth.
    • Investment spending has been declining for the last 4 quarters.
    • Recession forecasts indicate increased chances in the medium term.

    Introduction 

    The scariest word for any investor is the word recession. A recession arises when there is negative economic growth for two consecutive quarters. No economic growth makes it difficult for businesses to grow as people tend to spend less and save until better times come around. This creates a spiral as less spending forces companies to lay off employees and further cuts investments. If prolonged economic hardships persist, governments intervene with quantitative easing or with other projects to get the economy going again. A recession has an immediate negative impact on financial markets as investors become more risk averse and seek security above all. More →

    By Sven Carlin Investiv Daily US Economy
  • 12 May
    Is There Equilibrium in Oil?

    Is There Equilibrium in Oil?

    • Production costs are below current prices and reserves are constantly growing.
    • OPEC’s rosy forecast of $70 a barrel in 2020 is based on a model excluding any disruptions from electric engines or renewable technology developments.
    • Demand in developed countries is declining and the trend might spill over to developing countries.

    Introduction

    Oil prices above $100 a barrel seem impossible but they were a common thing just two years ago. 2014 was the worst year for oil as it tumbled more than 50% from above $100 to below $50 a barrel. In January 2016, oil reached lows not seen since 2001 and 9/11 with prices below $30. The current price of oil quickly rebounded from those lows and is currently around $45 a barrel. More →

    By Sven Carlin Commodities Investiv Daily Oil
  • 11 May
    Hedge Funds as Investment Diversification

    Hedge Funds as Investment Diversification

    • Hedge funds have performed miserably in the last bull market but things might turn.
    • Fees are the deal killer as 2% of assets under management and 20% of profits eats up all the returns.

    Introduction

    There is currently a negative sentiment towards hedge funds as they mostly underperformed the market in the last 6 years. This article is going to elaborate on how hedge funds work and relate that to the current circumstances in order to assess investment possibilities. More →

    By Sven Carlin Hedge Funds Investiv Daily
  • 10 May
    Is It a Good Idea to Invest in Lithium?

    Is It a Good Idea to Invest in Lithium?

    • Tesla announced building 500,000 cars in 2018 and purchasing the complete current global lithium supply per year.
    • Lithium is not scarce and could easily get oversupplied even with demand growing.
    • Other technologies, like vanadium batteries, will always present a threat to lithium.

    Introduction

    On May 5, Tesla’s (NASDAQ: TSLA) Chairman and CEO Elon Musk announced that TSLA intends to produce half a million cars in 2018. Apart from the craze currently surrounding TSLA, the trend towards electric vehicles is undeniable. An option that does not imply direct investments into electric cars manufacturing companies is an investment in lithium related investments as lithium is the most important material for battery production. This article is going to elaborate further on the investing possibilities, risks and rewards of the lithium option. More →

  • 09 May
    How the Jobs Report Affects Stocks

    How the Jobs Report Affects Stocks

    • The April jobs report shows two sides: slower hiring and increased working times and wages.
    • The long term outlook is pessimistic due to the constant decline in the labor participation rate.

    Introduction

    On May 6, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) released its monthly employment situation summary.

    The report is released on the first Friday of the month for the previous month. It consists of two parts: one presents non-farm payrolls, hours worked and hourly earnings, and the other is created by surveying more than 60,000 households in order to extract the unemployment rate. More →

  • 06 May
    Small Caps: Time to Invest?

    Small Caps: Time to Invest?

    • Small caps have lagged the S&P 500 in the last two years, but historically outperform it.
    • Stock pickers could find a gem in the small cap world but risks are also big.
    • Small caps are more related to the US economy than large caps.

    What Are Small Caps?

    Small caps are stocks with a relatively small market capitalization, usually between $300 million and $2 billion. One of the multitude of reasons behind investing in small caps is their growth potential, as it is generally considered that smaller companies have more growth opportunities due to untapped markets. More →

    By Sven Carlin Investiv Daily Small Caps
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