While 2018 may still be in its infancy, the risks hanging over the year’s foreign-exchange (forex) markets have been brewing for some time. An assortment of global hotspots are positioned to affect major currencies and their viability on forex markets.
Blockchain is moving beyond cryptocurrency exchange into the world’s most progressive stock exchanges, which are optimistic about the technology’s potential to cut cost, enhance speed and reduce risk. Before it revolutionizes stock markets as we know them, the decentralized digital-ledger technology faces a few obstacles, such as scalability and regulation, but those in the know are barely able to contain their excitement about its prospects.
Active fund management, as its name suggests, involves painstaking and laborious analysis of an investment’s potential in an effort to maximize returns, all of which comes at a cost. In response to that cost, and to active fund managers’ failure to beat the markets, there has been an upsurge of interest in—and stream of cash into—passive investment options.
On November 21, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe resigned, ending his 37-year rule of the southern African nation. The resignation followed an intervention by the country’s military after Mugabe sacked his vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa
The intelligent investor wants to know everything about a potential investment before sinking funds into it, and many portfolio managers today are finding a willing information partner in the big data available through today’s technology breakthroughs. Uncovering all that is needed to make a thoroughly informed investment decision in today’s age of advanced data science has never been easier, but still requires shrewd effort.
China’s stock exchanges, Shanghai and Shenzhen, can be hard nuts to crack—at least for anyone who is not Chinese. H-shares, shares of Chinese companies traded on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, are attracting increasing interest from foreign investors. They are inexpensive at the moment compared to China’s A-shares, but that shouldn’t last much longer—now may be the time to act.
Precious metals are viewed as safe investment havens, especially when other options suffer volatility; and perhaps surprisingly the metal leading the commodity pack so far in 2017 is palladium, used primarily by manufacturers of gasoline and hybrid vehicles. But before draining your bank account to invest in the precious metal, consider some factors that may make it not the wisest choice for the long-term.
The US dollar is the world’s reserve currency, the representation of US economic might on the global stage and the de facto currency unit for the overwhelming majority of financial assets.
On August 8, US bank Goldman Sachs reported that the amount raised by cryptocurrency and blockchain start-up companies through early-stage venture-capital funding had been surpassed by that raised by ICOs (initial coin offerings) during the months of June and July.
Chile has been one of South America’s mainstays, lauded as possibly the continent’s wealthiest and most stable country. But the Chilean economy, the health of which is heavily dependent on copper exports, has suffered greatly since the decline of the commodity super-cycle in 2014-15, and credit-rating agencies are showing no mercy—making life even more difficult for the country’s incumbent government.