Market Recap: Week of July 27th 2015

Market Recap Global equity markets were in the red last week, with the sharp slide in commodity markets providing a worrying signal on the outlook for global growth. In Europe, the FTSE Eurofirst 300 closed down 2.77% for the week, similar to the declines…

Thoughts on valuation & market predictions

In May 2013, I wrote this piece on valuation – Equity Markets: Valuation is in the Eye of the Beholder – which I think might be worth revisiting for anyone querying current valuations in equity markets and the outlook for expected returns. I continue…

Market Recap: Week of July 20th 2015

Market Recap Global equity markets recorded strong gains last week, buoyed by the perceived end to the Greek crisis, as the Greek government conceded to the demands of their creditors to remain in the single currency. In Europe, the FTSE Eurofirst 300 closed up…

Banking Inquiry and the Celtic Tiger Villain

Two well-known villains were back in the media last week, making headlines for different reasons. Lance Armstrong was in France to ride the Tour de France route as part of a charity race to raise money for leukemia research, while at home in Ireland,…

Google: $90 Billion more valuable in one week!

“Sorry, love it at forty. It’s an insult at fifty. Their analysts don’t know preferred stock from livestock…”                                   Gordon Gekko, Wall Street (1987) The share price of…

Market Recap: Week of July 13th 2015

Market Recap Global equity markets were mixed last week. There were strong gains in Europe on the prospect of a deal being reached between Greece and its creditors, as the Greek government appeared ready to concede to save their position in the single currency….

First Irish UFC Champ: Inflated Egos in Business v Sport

The world of business and finance is known for being dominated by inflated egos, where the role of luck in successful outcomes is always described as skill. This is a world where the reason for a merger can be as simple as the Chief…

Market Recap: Week of July 6th 2015

Market Recap Global equity markets were drowning in a sea of red last week as the major European equity indices sold off sharply on Monday, following the weekend’s announcement by the Greek government to hold a referendum on the deal being offered by its…

All Eyes on Greece, into the Known Unknown!

European equity markets have opened sharply lower following a ‘No’ vote in the Greek bailout referendum yesterday. Yanis Varoufakis, Greece’s finance minister, has resigned to help the Prime Minister reach an agreement, after certain parties requested his ‘absence’ from the meetings. “I shall wear…

Retirement Planning Considerations Amidst the Market Noise

The headline news has been dominated by Greece over the last few months, the closure of Greek banks and pictures of queuing pensioners all adding to the sense of fear among ordinary investors planning for retirement. The uncertainty and the risk of contagion across…

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