Bankia's 4Q16 results

Bankia’s 4Q16 Results: In Line With Consensus And a “Clean Up” Quarter

Bankia reported 4Q16 net profit of €73m, largely in-line with consensus of €72m. As reported by Citi Research, good operating metrics were overshadowed by worse asset quality and capital as the bank cleaned up its balance sheet as a result of the recent Bank of Spain circular. Furthermore, they point that 2017 consensus estimates may be up 1-2% but the asset quality miss could weigh on the shares in the short -term .

Spain property market

Mortgage Market Shift: Now More At A Fixed Rate Than A Variable Rate

The prolonged period of low interest rates in which we find ourselves has caused a complete shift in the mortgage market. Last year, coinciding with the key reference 12-month Euribor’s entry into negative territory, fixed rate mortgage loans represented over half the new loans contracted (53.3%), according to figures released by the Spanish Mortgage Association.

Spanish companies affected by Trump's policies

This Is How Trump’s Policies Will Affect Spanish Companies

In general, the economic policies announced by Mr. Trump champion “strong capitalism”, where success is awarded and the reverse, which should be a good thing. But Ahorro Corporacion does not agree that the protectionist measures announced, which in their view imply increased regulation, limit competition and so the efficient assignation of resources, are positive. Analysts have tried to quantify the possible outcome for Spanish companies.

Inflation-linked bonds

Inflation-Linked Bonds: A Safe-Haven In 2017 ?

Miguel Ángel Tramullas | Investment in public debt has traditionally been one of the most popular fixed income assets with both retail and institutional investors. It’s considered as a safe-haven. But in the last few years, it has lost part of its attraction because of lower interest rates which in some places are now in negative territory. To protect themselves, many countries like the US, Japan, the UK, France, Italy and also Spain have begun to issue inflation-linked bonds.

Banco Santander 2016 results

Santander 2016 Net Profit Up 4% At €6.204 Bn: Best Results Since 2010

Banco Santander posted net profit of 6.204 billion euros en 2016, up 4% from a year earlier and its best results since 2010, supported by a decline in provisions. The bank attributed these results to the “strong” growth in commission revenues and improved credit quality. These factors were contrasted by some currencies’ weakness against the euro and increases in taxes in Poland and the UK.

Spanish small and midcaps

2017 Will Be A Good Year For Spanish Small And MidCaps Funds

Fernando Rodríguez | The outlook for economic growth in Spain continues to be good and domestic small and midcap stocks should reflect this. Above all, the cyclicals – particularly industrials – and consumer stocks. Barón de Ley, Miquel y Costas, Cie Automotive, CAF and Fluidra are some of the top stock picks.

investing in Trump's US

Where To invest In Trump’s US?

Since Donald Trump’s victory in the US elections, the markets have seen declines in fixed income securities – bonds have lost 1.5 billion dollars – and rises in equities – with the value of global equities rising by 1.7 billion dollars. The emerging markets have retreated, while there has been an improved performance from cyclical sectors, particularly the financial sector. So we need to ask what will be the best bets for investors once Trump’s presidency begins.