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Investors have woken up to Greece's nuclear risk

29 Jan 2015 Telegraph UK, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard - European and international authorities are facing a revolt from the Greek new prime minister, Alexis Tsipras. Markets have woken up to Greek nuclear risk. Bank stocks on the Athens exchange have crashed 44pc since Alexis Tsipras swept into power this week with a mandate to defy the European power structure.

ECB QE: A boost for markets but not a cure for all ills

29 Jan 2015 Certitude Global Investments - The ECB announced full-blown quantitative easing (QE) on 22 January, by confirming that it would inject up to €1 trillion into the eurozone economy through the purchase of eurozone government and corporate bonds. The programme will run at the rate of €60bn a month (including the existing ABS and covered bond programmes) until the end of September 2016 or until there is sustained improvement in inflation and inflation expectations.

The one percenters

29 Jan 2015 BT Investment Management - Australian 3-year bond yields have hit an all-time low today as buyers continue to search for safe income. Yields a short time ago were at 1.985%.

Subprime Lending

29 Jan 2015 Bloomberg - Not that many years ago, subprime loans almost brought down the global economy. The financial world collectively vowed to never again go overboard advancing money to people considered unlikely to pay it back. But in the U.S., some forms of subprime are on the rise again, primarily in auto loans and also in small-business lending.

Case for a February rate cut weak

29 Jan 2015 Betashares - by David Bassanese Despite the surprise decision by the Bank of Canada to cut interest rates this week, the case for a corresponding Reserve Bank of Australia interest rate cut at its next policy meeting on Tuesday, February 3 is not especially strong. BetaShares view is based on several factors – the most important of which is that the labour market could already be turning around.

Global Equities 2015: Fasten Your Seat Belt for a Multi-Speed World

28 Jan 2015 PIMCO Global Bond Investors - One important aspect of the global economy in its normalization path after the financial crisis continues to be the multi-speed world. This has broad consequences for divergent monetary policy in major economies and the related effects on global currencies.

The (Investment) Hunger Games - Ideas for investors in 2015

28 Jan 2015 Russell Investments - The 2015 investment landscape could resemble the plot of The Hunger Games, where investors face a changing and unexpected environment that requires multiple talents and smarts to emerge victorious. So, what will it take to 'win' in 2015? View the latest insights from Russell's investment strategists.

ANZ Capital Notes 3 - not quite there yet

28 Jan 2015 BR Securities Australia AFSL 456663 - by David Bickford The term is too long for a low risk investment. Capital prices are more sensitive to movements in yield the longer the term. It belongs in your return seeking portfolio but the reward for risk is not quite there yet.

Greece and the ECB - is the Eurozone crisis about to make a comeback?

27 Jan 2015 AMP Capital - by Shane Oliver While Syriza has won the Greek election, a Grexit is not the most likely outcome. Even if Greece were to exit the Euro, peripheral Europe is now in far better shape than in 2010-12 and Eurozone defence mechanisms are stronger. While the Euro likely has more downside, Eurozone shares are attractive reflecting relatively cheap valuations, the likelihood of stronger growth ahead and very easy ECB monetary conditions.

The Mathematics of Fixed Interest securities pinpoints the risks

27 Jan 2015 BR Securities Australia AFSL 456663 General Advice Only - by David Bickford Fixed interest securities are priced using a standard readily available formula. The formula can be used to assess interest rate scenarios. If you buy a bond for $100 paying a fixed coupon of 3.5% p.a. with a promise to repay $100 in 5 years what happens to the price of $100 if secondary market rates rise by 1% p.a. or fall by 1% p.a. on the day of purchase? What happens if we change the maturity to 1 year or 20 years?
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