Stocks in Europe, Asia, US continue to decline – European banks on the second wave of the subprime crisis

As anticipated in our previous posts (unfortunately), shares continue to decline today on all the major markets, especially in Europe and Asia. There is an old investment adagio which says that “No news is bad news” (Ernest Hemingway, “For Whom The Bell Tolls). In this particular case, no good economic news means bad news for our shares investments.Read More »Stocks in Europe, Asia, US continue to decline – European banks on the second wave of the subprime crisis

The Japanese cars producers advance their US market leadership

HondaI found today a couple of interesting articles on the Japanese car producers which have US factories.

Everything started in 2006, when it was announced that the combined market share of the main Asian auto makers (Toyota, Honda, Hyunday and others) has exceeded the one from the native Detroit car makers. It was a big hit to the local car producers and the US manufacturers (such as Ford or GM) announced big restructuring plans… Unfortunately for them, those plans failed to deliver the promissed superiority, whilst the Japanese producers continued their advancements in the car manufacturing.Read More »The Japanese cars producers advance their US market leadership

The US trade gap widening and its consequences for investing

Recently some worrying news came throgh the main media channels and I had to apply my economics knowledge again to the reality.

The U.S. trade deficit probably widened and the cost of imported goods jumped, underscoring how the surge in oil prices is hurting growth and igniting inflation, economists said before various reports are released this week. Read More »The US trade gap widening and its consequences for investing

Investing in the top 3 US technology stocks – Microsoft, Yahoo and Google

It is like in the star wars – Yahoo (the republicans) and Microsoft (the OS empire) battle together whilst Google sits idly and watches the game. Microsoft Corp and Yahoo Inc have been holding separate talks with other potential media partners after their negotiations with each other broke down, sources familiar with the companies’ thinking said on Wednesday according to Reuters.
Microsoft — rebuffed this year in efforts to buy all of Yahoo and then just its search business — is talking about alternative deals with Time Warner Inc, which owns AOL, and News Corp, parent of MySpace, a source close to Microsoft said, but any negotiations remain in preliminary stages. Of course, its reaction came out of the repeated Yahoo refusals to give in to Microsoft’s investment proposal, although the software giant offered them US$ 33/share, a premium of more than 65% on the average price share before the announcements.Read More »Investing in the top 3 US technology stocks – Microsoft, Yahoo and Google