A recent report by Citi attempts to contrast global utilities valuations and highlight key investment opportunities. Summarizing, Asian and LatAm utilities, while growing fastest at 14-16%, trade at dividend yields of 3.5% and 5.3% reflecting risks. Japanese, US and European have dividend yields of 2.4%, 3.5% and 5.5% consistent with their growth profiles of 7%, 6% and 2.7%, respectively.
Mirwais Parsa | China, an economic giant, has started the move to revitalize the ancient Silk Road. Its ambitious Belt and Road (B&R) initiative includes a major investment in South Asia: the $46-billion Wakhan corridor, which would connect if built, China, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, bringing stability to the region.
Liu Xiao and Wu Yujian via Caixin | After a tumultuous year, the price of bitcoin surged past $10,000 on Wednesday morning Beijing time, growing more than tenfold from the beginning of the year.
Leaving aside the hole left by the last hurricanes, insurance companies’ P&L accounts tell the story of a sector which has not suffered much in the context of zero interest rates. An insurer runs less of a risk in a context of zero interest rates than of a financial crisis.
Donald Trump’s tax plan, which is now being debated in the Senate, states very seriously that its effect will be to multiply investment and jobs. That’s up for discussion, given that the US has probably reached its maximum potential, namely in terms of GDP without inflation and the jobless rate is at 4%.
In the last few months, we have witnessed a worrying downward revision to US savings rates, in addition to the clear declining trend in savings. If US households don’t dedicate part of the resources freed up by the government’s planned tax reform to savings, we will be facing some very bad news.
Today’s Cyber Monday online shopping holidays are “perfectly suited to todays’ connected consumer”, according to AXA IM expert Jeremy Gleeson. Forecasts suggest that consumers will spend even more cash this Cyber Monday than previous year.
Chittaranjan Kaul via Fair Observer | This is the century of creating knowledge, not receiving knowledge.
Andrew Sheng via Caixin | With financial markets still going gangbusters, one needs to ask whether the global financial crisis is truly over, or if we are on the brink of another crisis. What are the main effects of a balance sheet crisis?
One of the most awaited days by shopping fans is coming again. Citi Research analysts have surveyed most retailer websites on last Monday previewing 2017 Black Friday forecasts. Following are their findings.