Category: Fixed Income

Veni, Vidi, Vici: The Blackstone Way To Trade CDS

The CDS Market Until 2008, credit default swap (CDS) markets have grown exponentially since their emergence in the late 1990s but shrunk considerably to an estimated outstanding notional value of $9.6 trillion in 2017. Despite deliberate efforts by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) and market participants on both buy and sell sides, the […]

China’s Return to Dollar Sovereign Bond Issuance

Introduction Chinese Ministry of Finance announced on June 13th that it will issue 14 billion RMB and 2 billion USD sovereign bonds this year in Hong Kong, marking the first issuance of dollar-denominated sovereign bonds after 2004. Major financial publications (including WSJ and FT) have reported this week that the country might launch the issuance […]

The FED and the Balance Sheet: Shrinking the Giant

Trump’s election and his plan of loose fiscal policy put upward pressure on US inflation. In order to cool down the economy on the verge of full employment, FED raised rates in December and March and has promised two other hikes in 2017. Hiking fed fund rates is not the only approach the FED can […]

Market Recap 09-04-2017

United States US stocks took a break after last week gains. The S&P 500 fell 0.3% closing the week at 2355.54, while large-caps were flat with the Dow Jones at last week’s levels. One of the major drivers of financial markets was the FED releasing the minutes of its mid-March meeting. The minutes highlighted the […]

Market Recap 19-02-2017

United States On the week ended February 17, 2017, US stocks closed at record highs as investor sentiment remains positive given the possibility of changes to US corporate tax structure, as well as the likely loosening of regulations. The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased by 1.4% to 20,624, while the S&P500 increased by 1.2% to […]

Trumponomics: Feeding the Bull Steroids

Donald Trump’s economic policies focus on three key areas; protectionism, loose fiscal policy and deregulation. In this summary report, we will give an overview of Trump’s policies before exploring the effects that they have had on financial markets. For conciseness, we will not look at Trump’s immigration policies and plans to ‘clean up Washington’. Protectionism […]

Market Recap 27-11-2016

United States Not really a Black Friday for the US stock market. All the three major indexes continued their rally closing at historical highs and with similar gains. The S&P 500 closed at 2,213.25, up 1.4% from last week, the Dow Jones closed at 19,152.14, up 1.5% while the Nasdaq closed at 5,398.92, gaining 1.5%. […]

Trumponomics: Profit with Inverse ETFs

This article will introduce an unconventional way to profit when interest rates rise using inverse ETFs. We will show the upsides and downsides of these tools, focusing on how they could be used in today’s American market. Inverse ETFs could be a useful tool to deal with the possible future bear shift in the bond […]

Market Recap 20-11-2016

United States On the week ended November 18th, stocks continued their post-election rally. Investors appear optimistic of President-Elect Donald Trump’s proposed expansionary fiscal policies. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended a seven-trading-day post-election rally on Wednesday, during which it gained more than 5.7% reaching a new all-time high. The S&P 500 index gained 0.6% to […]

Argentina: A Land of Opportunities?

The focus of this article will be on the Argentinian government debt and potential upsides and downsides it faces. We will examine the attractiveness of their fixed income market by observing the current political situation in the country, the performance of neighbor countries as well as the global economic outlook. The New Government In November […]

Market Recap 13-11-2016

United States In the US, as elsewhere in the world, the markets were driven by the results of US elections. The victory of Donald Trump boosted equity markets. Indeed, The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared to new heights, adding 5.4% for the week which is its biggest weekly gain since December 2011.  S&P 500 rose […]

US Elections – Politics Toying with Financial Markets

The US Electoral System In the US, the race for presidency is a long process that includes primaries, caucuses and national conventions, in which the parties’ candidates are determined. The main popular vote on who is going to be president of the US is called general election and will take place on the 8th November […]

LIBOR on the Rise: The Tale of Two Laws

The past summer has been quite hot: we saw unexpected Brexit, Turkish failed coup, the presidential campaign in the US is on the peak, and EMs are bursting out of inflows. On the backdrop of all these events, one very interesting trend may have left out of the scope of attention: the USD LIBOR has […]

Market Recap 8-05-2016

United States After reaching its weekly high at 2075, following good news from Facebook earnings, the S&P 500 fell to a low of 2033 and finished at a mid 2053 the end of earnings’ season. The Fed Once again proved to be Dovish and incapable of raising rates which drove the dollar index to its […]

Market Recap 1-05-2016

[edmc id= 3872]Download here the Market brief[/edmc] USA Earnings season is over and in the tech sector we observed important market reactions: the most notable one was AAPL 10% depreciation caused by its disappointing results. The hedge fund manager Karl Icahn expressed a bearish view on US stocks for the medium run and closed its […]

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