Trade War Risks Lead To Gradual Rate Hikes

The Federal Reserve exemplified strong economy warranted continued increases in the benchmark policy rate while citing tensions rising with emerging-market turmoil and the trade war. As growth gets a boost from tax cuts and additional government spending, U.S. central bankers are trying to keep the economy on a substantial path. Minutes from the last Fed Read More…

What Trump Tariffs Mean for U.S. Industries

U.S. industries have been shaking with news on trade tariffs. Duties on $34 billion of Chinese goods took effect this week while China has imposed retaliatory duties of similar size on American goods. Firms like General Electric Co. are making contingency plans should a trade war ensue and also say tariffs are the wrong way Read More…

Analysis on Global Corporate Debt Markets

After the great recession in 2008, a shift in lending strategies among corporations has occurred, especially in regards to bond financing, as commercial bank lending has been minimized. Recent research suggests that of all corporate debt, nineteen percent is in the form of bonds – that’s almost twice the percentage investors saw in 2007. With Read More…

Is China’s Property Market a Bubble or Balloon?

The markets have proven to be quite resilient despite long-running international concerns about China’s property bubble. The Chinese government has instituted various austerity measures to cool down the market, but buoyant demand for property has helped avoid any serious downturn. Various factors continue to support the Chinese property sector. Some of the factors include the Read More…

Smart-city technologies effect on crime and emergencies.

The effect of smart-city applications could affect various dimensions of life and thereby attract investors from various industries. While research suggests a wide range of outcomes, this is due to mostly varying application performance from city to city. Factors such as existing infrastructure systems might limit the potential impact of a technology. One of the Read More…

Utility Companies: Past and Future Strategies

Utility companies have seen unpredictable and rough execution in the previous years. An investigation of 50 noteworthy publicly traded utility companies from Asia, Europe, and North America indicated normal aggregate total return to investors of around 1 percent from July 2007 to July 2017, contrasting 55 percent for the MSCI World Index. A portion of Read More…

Crude Oil Expectations Upgraded

Analysts have raised their expectations on the future of crude oil prices as inventories fall and geopolitical risk to global supply rises. The global benchmark more commonly known as the Brent crude is expected to average $63 per barrel in 2018. The U.S. standard indicator, West Texas Intermediate is set to close around $59 per Read More…

The Flattening Yield Curve

Despite a healthy equity risk premium and strong fundamentals, a flattening yield curve is causing concerns among investors. The gap in long- and short-term borrowing is hovering near its lowest in over ten years. While it might be true that flattening yield curves historically have significantly increased the probability of recessions, incoming NY Fed chief Read More…

Splitting Bets hit Facebook Stock

With the world largest asset manager, BlackRock ($6.32 tn), is increasing its holding in the Social Media giant, the world’s largest stock-picking fund stands out amongst other investors. Other funds managers have reduced or eliminated their position amidst controversy about the company’s data management. This position might reveal itself as an endorsement of Facebook by Read More…