Risk Adjusted Returns, M&A, and Portfolio Structure: What Does Recent Market Activity Tell us?

By John E. Charalambakis   Recent reports by major investment banks carry a flavor of pessimism, by suggesting underweighting equities and higher exposure to high yield. We are cautious over the course of the next few months regarding equities and we would suggest defensive tactics (such as trailing stop losses, and hedging positions) and would not

23 May 2016

Schauble-Draghi clash more about politics than monetary policy

by Enrico Colombatto In April, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble was particularly vocal in his criticism of European Central Bank President Mario Draghi’s performance, going as far as to blame his policies for the rise of the German far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD). The confrontation between these two European financial heavyweights is significant, both

17 May 2016

The Geopolitics of Market Volatility: Spillover Effects and Macro Fundamentals

By John E. Charalambakis   The act of counterbalancing and possibly containing China has multiple faces. Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan met with Vladimir Putin of Russia last weekend in an effort to sway some support regarding the dispute between China and Japan over the Senkaku a.k.a. Diaoyu Islands. However, Japan seems to

12 May 2016

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