Cobalt is one of those metals that define the modern world. Historically it was used to colour glass or ceramics. The Egyptians were using cobalt compounds 2,600 years ago in their sculptures. But in the 20th Century, cobalt was found to have qualities central to our most advanced technologies. Combining it with other metals […]
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Trade Deficit Today statistics were released regarding the size of the current trade deficit – the catalyst for the current trade war. It doesn’t appear to be going the way President Trump envisaged. By the end of last year, China exported $324bn more in goods and services to the US than it imported. That’s a […]
A Very Brief Update after the storm has seemingly subsided! It’s been a “nowhere to hide” situation for investors over the last several weeks. If we look at the performance of 70 different types of asset classes from gold to bonds to oil to stocks, about 90% of them are down for the year through […]
Saturday at the office and catching up on some industry reading. I just read this and it made me smile! Something for all expats here in China, Taiwan, South Korea and Macau! From Patrick Thomas, Investment manager, Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management, London ‘It sounds counter-intuitive, but mistakes are good. You learn from them and your […]
I have come across this very interesting short article by an American Professor who teaches negotiation! He enlightened me as to the descriptive terms for the two types of bargaining being played out by perhaps the two largest geopolitical issues that intrinsically effect the stock markets. I’m talking about trade wars and Brexit The one […]
China expats should not rest easy when accumulating Yuan (RMB) A number of expats seem satisfied with cash sitting in timed deposit or short-term bank wealth management products achieving 4% p.a. However achieving approximately 1% over inflation is not the only consideration – potential currency erosion is a much greater threat. Recently […]