Saturday, February 17, 2018

Few stocks consistently create value for long-term investors over 20 years

Investors who deal intensively with the stock market are always looking for stocks whose value continues to rise over long periods of time. The “value creators” ranking provides guidance in the search for exactly those kinds of stocks.

Shining the spotlight on socially responsible investing

Socially responsible investing has been referred to by many names, including sustainable, responsible and impact investing. In essence, socially responsible investing is an investment approach that considers environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in portfolio selection.

Business Excellence awards to honor local contributions

A nine-category “Academy Awards” for business excellence is scheduled for Oct. 14 at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, celebrating the best of local entrepreneurs and a single individual singled out for a lifetime achievement honor.

Hedge funds more bullish on 2017

Although 2016 was far from a breakout year for hedge funds, performance improved over a lackluster 2015, and managers have a more positive outlook for 2017 as stock markets are boosted by President-elect Donald Trump’s plans to lower taxes, deregulate and spend on infrastructure.

Pension plans cite cautious investment strategies with retirement funds

Silver Thatch Pensions manages nearly half-a-billion dollars, and has, during its nearly 20-year lifetime, returned an average 4.43 percent to 4.57 percent – probably insufficient to underwrite a retirement of uninterrupted luxury, but nevertheless a solid foundation.

ETFs continue to disrupt asset management industry

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), that track indexes like the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, Nasdaq-100 Index etc., are nowadays very popular among investors – a trend that is reflected in the capital flows.

Emerging market debt benefits from the search for yield

The long-shunned emerging markets are back in favor among investors, as documented by record-high inflows into emerging market bonds. From an investor’s point of view, this raises the question of whether that is a new long-term trend or just a flash in the pan.

Investors: How followers can become millionaires

Pro-cyclical investment strategies, unlike advice often preached by supporters of anti-cyclical investment strategies, show that it can be financially rewarding to swim with the current. Here’s how this approach works, and which U.S. stocks allow it to put it into practice.

Investment: Making the most of a digitized world

Financial markets have historically been a dynamic platform for retail investors to acquire, grow and protect wealth. By investing in publicly traded securities, investors are given access to ownership in world-renowned companies. So how do you navigate the maze of data to find well-run, innovative companies that warrant your investment dollars and which have the potential to provide positive returns over the long term?

Free cash flow: Formula for investment success

Buying shares with the help of cash flow as a selection criterion has delivered convincing results in the past. This trend is likely to continue in an environment of low growth – and low interest-rates.

List reveals top value creators with persistently bright prospects

Investors who put money into stocks hope for the greatest capital gains and dividends possible.

From science fiction to reality

The world of driverless flying cars and automated gadgets, as featured in the classic animated cartoon “The Jetsons,” is closer than we think.

Endurance counts for dividend funds

According to Fidelity International estimates, companies in the U.S., Japan and Europe will pay US$1.24 trillion in dividends to their shareholders in 2016, a distribution policy that is very welcome in the current low or even negative interest environment.

CoCo bonds all the rage

The first six weeks of 2016 witnessed a wave of credit losses across fixed income markets. Most notable was the broad-based selloff in contingent convertible bonds commonly known as CoCos. The market’s shudder appeared to be driven partly by a European Banking Authority year-end report that sought to clarify potential triggers for restrictions on distributions.
Annual Contrarian Stock Perfomance

Investment: Contrarian investing – Bucking the trend does not always pay off

Acting counter-cyclically as an investor sounds like a plausible investment strategy, but successfully implementing such an approach has to be learned.
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda sprung another surprise on investors by adopting a negative interest-rate strategy to spur banks to lend in the face of a weakening economy. – Photo: Bloomberg

The interest rate’s disappearing act

Who could have ever imagined a world where you lend money with the full acknowledgement that you will be repaid less than the amount owed? So, rather than receiving interest on your hard-earned cash, you pay the borrower for the privilege of taking this cash off your hands.
David Levy

‘We are facing a secular economic breakdown’

Juergen Buettner The good thing about an interview partner like David Levy is the clear and outspoken messages you get. The chairman of the Jerome...
Paul Smith, CEO of the CFA Institute

Investment managers working to regain trust

The investment profession has a problem. The reputation of financial services in general has taken a significant knock since the financial crisis when trust...

Showdown for fantasy sports

 Days after the news that FanDuel and DraftKings were to experience stellar growth, fans got news that there could be a rat in the play pen, threatening the clean image the fantasy sports brands sought.

 

Fantasy sports grow by leaps and bounds internationally

FanDuel and DraftKings have been paying millions each day for commercials aimed at bringing new blood into the online activity of virtual sports-team management. Fantasy sports leagues allow anyone to become the owner of a powerful sports team.

 

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