Market Recap: 13/10/2019

US The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 26,816.59 on Friday recording a weekly gain of 0.91%. The S&P 500 closed at 2,970.27 up 0.61% w-o-w. Both these figures are the result of a particularly bullish market on Friday with gains equal to 1.42% and 1.32% respectively. Indeed, the Federal Reserve announced on Friday that […]

Bank of Japan Reshuffles Bond Purchases

Introduction Quantitative Easing is not a new economic phenomenon for most of the developed economies. Federal Reserve started its first Quantitative Easing program in November 2008 by purchasing $600 billion in mortgage-backed securities, before 2008 the Federal Reserve held between $700 billion and $800 billion of Treasury Notes within its balance sheet. European Central Bank, […]

Polish Elections: An Economic Overview

Introduction On Sunday, October 13, Poles will vote in parliamentary elections for the 10th time since the first partially free elections in 1989. In this article we aim to provide political and economic background of Poland, economic policies of the competing parties, as well as an analysis of investors’ expectations for the post-election period. The […]

The Spillovers of eCommerce: a little bit of clarity

Introduction  The term eCommerce has been around for years, now. Definitions of it have been imprecise and, most of the time, people tend to associate it to companies like Amazon and Alibaba and not without a reason since their business is commerce through the internet. Virtual Commerce, however, is more complex than a simple association […]

A Big (Online) Bet: Flutter Entertainment merges with The Stars Group in cross-border deal

Flutter Entertainment PLC [FLTR: LON] – Market Cap as of 08/10/2019: £6.32bn Stars Group Inc [TSGI: TSE] – Market Cap as of 08/10/2019: C$7.89bn Introduction On Wednesday October 1st 2019, news broke of the all-share takeover of the The Stars Group (TSG), a Canadian owner of online gambling platform PokerStars, by Flutter Entertainment, an Irish […]

Unicorns are out of shape: Peloton Interactive IPO raises some concerns

Peloton Interactive Inc. [NASDAQ: PTON] – Market Cap as of 12/10/2019 $6.26bn   Introduction On September 26th, 2019, Peloton, an American exercise equipment and media company, went public on the Nasdaq raising $1.16bn via its IPO. The company raised this capital through floating 40 million new shares at $29, effectively giving the company a valuation […]