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South China Morning Post (May 25)

2023/ 05/ 26 by jd in Global News

Several factors help explain “the outperformance of Japanese shares.” Improved corporate governance and the end of deflation are important, but “the explanation with the most resonance for investors is Japan’s role as a safe haven in an increasingly risky world. This has taken on added significance because of concerns about the deepening geopolitical rift between the US and China, as well as economic and regulatory risks in China itself.” Japan boasts “the only market in Asia big and liquid enough to offer an alternative to China while still providing exposure to the reopening of its economy.”


Investment Week (May 18)

2023/ 05/ 19 by jd in Global News

“Interest in ESG investing has waned among UK investors, with less than half now prioritising ESG investments over maximising returns.” A recent survey by Charles Schwab UK “found that since 2021, the number of investors who consider ESG when making new investments has fallen from 44% to 38%” while those placing sustainable investing over returns fell from 55% to 47%.


Investment Week (April 21)

2023/ 04/ 22 by jd in Global News

“Following the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and other US regional banks, as well as the turmoil around Credit Suisse, the banking sector has sat on wobbly ground in investors’ minds.” Depositors have “moved into treasuries and money market funds to avoid the risk that their bank could be next to fall.” As a result, the S&P Banks Select Industry index dropped 22.5% during March.


American Banker (April 14)

2023/ 04/ 16 by jd in Global News

“Investors have been fretting over whether commercial real estate loans, particularly at small banks, will hold up in the coming months. One prominent investor warned recently that urban office buildings should be demolished because demand won’t return and converting towers into apartment buildings is often impractical.”


Seeking Alpha (April 5)

2023/ 04/ 06 by jd in Global News

“Investors were taken by surprise on April 2nd when news broke that OPEC+…announced unexpected cuts in output. This move came even in spite of a previously rosy forecast for the supply and demand balance that OPEC made public…. Investors would be wise to see this as a bullish development for any company that benefits from higher oil prices. But in particular, the exploration and production companies could be very appealing to consider at this time.”


Fortune (April 4)

2023/ 04/ 05 by jd in Global News

“After the banking crisis, could the next domino be all those empty office buildings in your downtown? Investors and economists are sounding the alarm about the commercial real estate market, seeing trouble ahead with refinancing. This sector has been hit hard for years now with the shift to remote work bringing about rising vacancy rates and falling property values.”


Bloomberg (April 1)

2023/ 04/ 02 by jd in Global News

“Rarely has the consensus been more uniformly bearish than it is now. Investors are sitting with the lowest allocation to US stocks in almost two decades.” But this extreme is creating a phenomena not seen “during any bear market in the past four decades.” Since “everyone’s leaning one way, big swings are apt to break out in the other…. Small gains can snowball when the worry is missing out on the next big rally.” As a result, “the S&P 500 just finished the first three months of the year up 7%, rounding out back-to-back quarterly gains.”


Reuters (March 17)

2023/ 03/ 19 by jd in Global News

“Investors held tight to bets that banking jitters would rein in the ECB’s ability to jack up borrowing costs again in the months ahead, as the central bank delivered a large rate hike on Thursday but wouldn’t signal future moves given an uncertain outlook.”


Mortgage News Daily (March 15)

2023/ 03/ 15 by jd in Global News

“As of Tuesday, the global financial market was able to say it had gone ‘2’ days without a systemic banking contagion flare up. But that number dropped to ‘0’ in the overnight trading session as investors aggressively sold Credit Suisse stock.”


Institutional Investor (February 27)

2023/ 03/ 01 by jd in Global News

“After a tumultuous 2022, many investors breathed a sigh of relief when the stock market began to show signs of recovery in January. But… the current upswing may not last long, because economic fundamentals continue to paint a gloomy picture for the year ahead.”


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