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Markets Summary – An Investor’s Digest for 29.11.2023

Lead Story in Markets: Clean-energy Sell-Off Defended by AES CEO

Andrés Gluski, CEO of US power group AES, has voiced concerns over the recent clean-energy sell-off, calling it “very wrong.” Gluski defended the company’s continued investment in renewables despite the market rout this year. As the push for sustainable energy intensifies globally, Gluski stands firm on the value of such investments, challenging the current market sentiment.

Chinese Business & Finance: Quant Hedge Funds Bet on China Amidst Investor ExodusRead More »Markets Summary – An Investor’s Digest for 29.11.2023

Markets Summary – An Investor’s Digest for 07.11.2023

US Interest Rates and Developing Countries:
Rising US interest rates are contributing to what the World Bank has called a “silent debt crisis” in developing countries. Some high-debt, low-income nations face difficulties in rolling over their bonds, potentially leading to financial instability. This situation underscores the global impact of US monetary policy on emerging economies.

Chinese Economy and Falling Pork Prices:
Falling pork prices in China are posing a risk of deflation. Despite weak demand, pig farmers have maintained production levels. This economic development highlights the challenges of managing inflation and deflation in the world’s second-largest economy.Read More »Markets Summary – An Investor’s Digest for 07.11.2023

Trading options without a simulator = playing with fire?

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Is trading options without simulating and understanding their behavior a good idea?

In the blog post below we look at the pros and cons of jumping in options trading without practicing before. Out there broker dealers offering CFDs or future contracts have mushroomed. And so did the mobile trading apps. You can even trade ETFs and fractional shares nowadays, so why not try some knock-out options? After all, they are not so different from stocks trading, aren’t they?

We have all been there: you want to profit from the stock markets, so you open a broker demo account and start buying and selling shares. Then you open a crypto account which (especially nowadays) advertises futures on bitcoin. Why not? (again)… Aren’t the crypto futures simply leveraged contracts?

In a nutshell, yes and no.Read More »Trading options without a simulator = playing with fire?

Are We All “Natural Born Leaders”?

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Nowadays the LinkedIn & Co are filled with leadership posts. If you keep scrolling, you’ll get the impression I get: everybody is a tiger/tigress, even if they don’t have claws. Even if they look like innocent kitties or Easter bunnies. Everybody is a potential marathon runner, even if they don’t even pace 200 meter a day. Everybody can run the Government, Apple or any type of a machine that has a crew. Anybody can wake up one day and leave the family, the faithful dog or the unfaithful cat behind – and simply go on a world-round tour in a shabby boat, purchased on Amazon. Anybody can build an online shop like Amazon, start by selling cryptocurrencies and end by selling boats for the a.m. mentioned use.

(Here I should probably take a break and quote Virgin Branson by saying that “anybody can be a millionaire if they start as a billionaire and launch an airline company”).Read More »Are We All “Natural Born Leaders”?

Global Technology Shares – Reckoning Still Approaching?

One year ago, opinionated that a retreat on the technology shared prices was coming. Now in 2020 the technology shares marched to new heights. The tech-heavy Nasdaq index increased with almost 25% year-on-year, leaving critics scratching their heads. So where did we and other analysts get it wrong?

In my view, there were several factors in play:

** The macro environment changes

The technology advances did not only increased productivity in many sectors, it also entrenched and legitimized many players. FANG companies are now an implicit part of many companies’ strategies and operations. Most services companies are now seeing cloud operations as a must-have.Read More »Global Technology Shares – Reckoning Still Approaching?