Virgin Galactic: space travels find new ways to launch on the stock market

Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc. [NYSE: SPCE] – Market Cap as of 08/11/2019 $2.126bn Introduction On October 28th, 2019, Virgin Galactic started trading on the NYSE and became the first publicly traded commercial spaceflight company. It did so by merging with Social Capital Hedosophia, a special purpose acquisition company already listed on the NYSE. The SPAC, […]

Market Recap 10/11/2019

US The rally in the U.S. markets continued this week, sustained by the optimistic outlook on the resolution of the US-China trade disputes. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite were both up 0.85% w-o-w, closing at 3,093.08 and 8,457.31, respectively. The Dow Jones Industrial Average recorded a weekly gain of 1.22%, ending at 27,681.24. […]

Fitness for the Future: Google acquires wearable device company Fitbit in $2.1bn deal

Alphabet Inc. [GOOGL:NASDAQ] – Market Cap as of 09/11/2019 USD 903.46bn Fitbit Inc. [FIT:NYSE] – Market Cap as of 09/11/2019 USD 1.83bn Introduction On the 28th of October 2019 initial reports suggested the interest of the tech giant Alphabet, the parent company behind Google, in acquiring Fitbit, a wearable device company. Finally, on the 1st […]

The Fiscal Trap: Is Germany Ready For Fiscal Expansion?

Introduction Over the past ten years, Germany has always been the leading European country in terms of economic growth. Notwithstanding a series of emergencies arising from Southern Europe, such as the Greek government-debt crisis and the Italian political instability, the federation was able to deliver an impressive economic performance, corroborated by a sky-high current account […]

The king of Logistics Real Estate expands his kingdom: Prologis acquires Liberty Trust for $12.6bn

Prologis Inc [PLD:NYSE] – Mkt cap as of 09/11/19: $55.01bn Liberty Property Trust [LPT:NYSE] – Mkt cap as of 09/11/19: $9.26bn Introduction The boom of e-commerce is rapidly pushing up demand for industrial real estate and thus driving warehouse giants to new pursuits. Accordingly, Prologis – the world’s leader in logistics real estate – has […]

Inflation Derivatives and the Inflation Risk Premium – Part 1

“Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair” Sam Ewing Inflation is an elusive phenomenon which is sometimes dubbed a “hidden tax”, eroding purchasing power and returns. This article is the first in a series of two. In this first part, […]