Market Recap 30/09/2018

UK Brexit talks continued and the Prime Minister Theresa May has been under increasing pressure during the week, amid Conservatives Annual Conference where her speech will be under scrutiny. Mr Johnson, the former foreign secretary, affirmed itself against the Chequers plan for Britain’s relations with the UK after it leaves the EU in a regular […]

Level Up! Polish Example

  This article analyses the economic landscape in Poland. It presents the figures that led FTSE Russell to review the outlook on this no-longer-emerging market. When discussing The FTSE Quality of Market criteria, the author focuses on parameters improvement, which resulted in the upgraded outlook of the Polish economy. The next paragraphs focus on more […]

What is the Real Value of Greek Banks?

Greek Banking Sector The Greek banking system is built around four large systemic banks, whose summary statistics you can see in the table below. All four banks have undergone a significant restructuring process, whereby both the asset value and the market capitalization went down a lot. In addition, a number of reverse stock splits that […]

The age of risk has just begun and Marsh & McLennan quickly cements its position in the market acquiring Jardine Lloyd Thompson for $5.6bn

Marsh & McLennan Companies [MMC:NYSE] – Market Cap 42,252bn Jardine Lloyd Thompson plc [JLT.T:LSE] – Market Cap 4,025bn Introduction  On September 18, 2018, the New-York-based conglomerate Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. (“MMC”), a global leader in the fields of risk, strategy and people, acquired the lower-scaled UK rival Jardine Lloyd Thompson plc (“JLT”), a specialized […]

Tesla – Rollercoaster On The Market

Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) – market cap as of 29/09/2018: USD 45.17bn Recent History Tesla Inc. has been on the front page of newspapers since its IPO in 2010. Elon Musk, its charismatic CEO and Chairman, is one of the most famous entrepreneurs in current times and he has been able to transform a small […]

Investing in the Baltic Region: Blackstone to acquire Luminor Bank

The Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE: BX) – market cap as of 24/09/2018: $47.23bn Introduction On September 13, 2018, Nordea and DNB announced that they had entered into an agreement to sell 60% of the Baltic bank Luminor to the private equity giant Blackstone in a transaction that is valued at approximately $1bn. Furthermore, Nordea decided […]

Volatility Play on the Hidden Gold-Yuan Peg

Reserve Currencies A reserve currency is defined as a currency held by government for international payment purposes. The most important usages are: Repay back international debt (generally issued in reserve currencies) Defend the domestic currency against depreciation Improve the government credit rating Reserve currencies are many. The IMF chooses the most important ones to peg […]

A Primer on FX Carry Trading

Carry Trades and the Interest Parity Condition The uncovered interest rate parity (UIP) condition states that, under risk neutrality, the gain from borrowing a low interest rate currency and investing in a higher interest rate one will, in equilibrium, be matched by an equally large expected loss by a depreciation of the high interest rate […]

Market Recap 23/09/2018

US On Friday, the biggest revision (since 1999) in Global Industry Classification Standard took place. The new communications sector now include AT&T, Verizon, Century Link, Comcast, 21st Century Fox, Netflix, Walt Disney and, recent entrants, Alphabet and Facebook. Consequently, the Telecom sector which represented 2% of the S&P 500, will now represent 10%. According to […]

Renesas-IDT: the revamp of deals in the chipmaking industry

Renesas Electronics Corp. (TYO: 6723) – market cap as of 17/09/2018: ¥1.21tn Integrated Device Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: IDTI) – market cap as of 17/09/2018: $6.05bn Exchange rate: 1 JPY (¥) = 0.0089 USD ($) Introduction On September 11, 2018, Japanese Renesas Electronics Corp. (“Renesas Electronics”), a global player in the field of advanced semiconductor solutions, […]

Hot enough? Soft drink makers trying to get sexy again and The Coca-Cola Company’s $5.1 bn acquisition of Costa Coffee.

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) – market cap as of 18/09/18: 196.23 bn Whitbread Plc (LON: WTB) – market cap as of 18/09/18; £ 8.61 bn   Introduction On the 31st of August 2018, The Coca-Cola Company announced that it had reached a definitive agreement to acquire Costa Limited, one of the major coffee brands […]

Keeping it in the Family: Natixis to Sell its Retail Banking Activities to BPCE

Natixis S.A. (EPA: KN) – market cap as of 14/09/2018: €18.43bn Introduction On September 12th, 2018 Natixis S.A. announced an agreement for the proposed sale of its retail banking activities to its parent BPCE. The transaction includes the transfer of the firm’s consumer financing, factoring, leasing, sureties and guarantees, and securities services businesses and is […]