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Market Talk- December 12, 2018

The, eventually, positive tone from the US markets were helpful for the Asian opening. However, talk that China and the USA are progressing on the trade talks was really what gave the whole region confidence. All core opened well with little sign of looking back. It was only the Shanghai index that lost momentum towards […] read more

Market Talk – July 1, 2020

ASIA: The United States stepped in to stall a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) statement pushed hard by China on this week’s Karachi terror attack. This is in light of India’s reservations over the Imran Khan government’s efforts to politicize the attack at the Pakistan Stock Exchange. Officials said that there was a good chance […] read more

Market Talk – January 29, 2020

ASIA: The coronavirus outbreak has taught the world a lesson on how much they depend on China. Ford and Toyota will stop some of their vast Chinese assembly plans for an extra week. Apple is preparing a plan to re-route their supply chains. Starbucks closed thousands of their stores and is warning of a financial […] read more

Market Talk – April 6, 2021

ASIA: China’s factory activity in March expanded at the slowest pace in almost a year on softer overall domestic demand, but underlying economic conditions remained positive even as input and output inflationary pressures intensified for manufacturers. The Caixin/Markit Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) dropped to 50.6 last month — the lowest level since April 2020 […] read more

Market Talk – June 14, 2019

ASIA / AUSTRALIA: Chinese Industrial output numbers were released today and show a growth rate of 5%. This is the lowest rate of growth in 17 years, showing the strain the U.S. trade tariffs are likely having on the Chinese economy. A former Chinese central bank governor has warned that the trade war can cause […] read more

Ancient Coins Soaring in Price

This is historically perhaps the most important coin of the Roman Republic. It was estimated at £500,000 and it sold for £2,700,000 ($3.5 million). This is the famous coin which confirms the very day that they assassinated Julius Caesar — the Ides of March 15, 44BC. There are only three such gold coins known; one […] read more

Health Care Reaching its 51.6 Year Peak in 2017

COMMENT: You have discussed the growing threat of antibiotic resistance several times.  Sadly, I must confess, I am, in part, responsible for this trend. I am a practicing physician. Last year, I had a lawsuit filed against me for NOT prescribing antibiotics. Since then, I prescribe antibiotics more frequently than ever.  My punishment, for attempting […] read more

Market Talk- January 17, 2018

  Given yesterdays sudden reversal in US and the accompanying 20% decline in BITCOIN, Asian markets traded nervously as one would expect. Most core opened lower but that proved to be the days lows. The Hang Seng spent 95% of the day in negative territory but then in the final minutes managed a +0.25% positive […] read more

Market Talk – April 21, 2020

ASIA: India’s market regulator, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), temporarily eased some fund-raising regulations for listed entities to give them easier and faster access to capital markets. To allow more companies to avail fast-track rights issuances, SEBI reduced the required average market capitalization of public shareholding required to 1 billion rupees from […] read more

Market Talk – November 12, 2019

ASIA: China is trying to implement a digital currency and be the first in the world to do so. “We know the demand from the general public is to keep anonymity by using paper money and coins…We will give those people who demand it anonymity in their transactions,” Mu Changchun, head of the People’s Bank of […] read more