Big whales and options: How speculative options trading can have massive market impact
Rumours had swirled among the broker community about a so-called ‘whale’, who was creating a massive impact on stock prices with huge orders. The option contracts were so large that banks and dealers were forced to enter the market and buy the same stocks. It was self-fulfilling.
23rd Sep, 2020 - 5 min read
There is an open door for investors to make money on China’s domestic bond markets. Here is why and how
Because investors get paltry yields in most of the developed markets, they are starting to consider investments in countries which were not really on their radar before. One area of focus has been China’s domestic bond market
14th Sep, 2020 - 5 min read
EUR/USD at 1.50? It’s not as impossible as you might think
A severe appreciation of the EUR would be entirely unwelcome from an Irish point of view and it would create severe problems for the agri-food sector, which will already have to deal with the effects of Brexit.
28th Aug, 2020 - 6 min read
Golden: Current monetary policy favours real assets, and gold could be a big winner
Amid heightened market uncertainty, gold are surging. Options markets, central bank pandemic policies and institutional investors suggest it could have further to go yet. That is why gold is starting to attract a new breed of investor.
10th Aug, 2020 - 5 min read
The US presidential election holds significant risks for investors (and Ireland’s glut of FDI)
Expect significant equity market volatility in the coming months, and this will become more pronounced the closer we get to election day, especially if polls have not narrowed and Joe Biden remains in the lead.
28th Jul, 2020 - 5 min read
Time for a new Irish economic model: As the world de-globalises, expect more uses and abuses of tariffs and state supports for industry
Whatever the outcome of the Apple case in the coming days, it is high time for having a serious think about the future of industrial and investment policy in the years to come. And one of focus for the government should the agri-tech space.
14th Jul, 2020 - 5 min read
Switzerland conjured a sovereign wealth fund from thin air, and Ireland could too
Sovereign wealth funds are normally associated with ultra-wealthy oil-exporting countries like Norway or Saudi Arabia. But as Switzerland has demonstrated, a central bank can sometimes print money out of thin air and use the proceeds to build a sovereign wealth fund. Could the eurozone pull off the same trick? And could we see an Irish sovereign wealth fund?
7th Jul, 2020 - 5 min read
“Investors would be wise to keep a close eye on how Trump deals with external relations over the coming months”
US President Donald Trump looks increasingly unlikely to retain the White House. But a Biden victory in the election is a double-edged sword for global investors – he will bring a sense of normality, but quite likely unravel Trump’s corporate tax reforms.
24th Jun, 2020 - 4 min read
“Expect further equity declines in the coming weeks, but I believe the long terms outlook is positive. Here is why”
More than five trillion dollars is sitting in low risk/low yielding investments. Once the pandemic shows signs of stabilisation, we can expect that investors will put this money to work. Plus, the central bank stimulus will drive the market.