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This week saw the US Federal reserve increasing interest rates for the first time since 2018. This has been done to try to curb soaring inflation in the US. But what does this mean and how does this affect investors here in Jamaica?

Simply put, inflation is the general level of increase...

Mar 21, 2022

How often have you heard the terms “bull” or “bear” used in the investing world to describe general actions, attitudes, or sentiment, either of an individual asset or the market conditions? As common as these terms are, defining, understanding, and remembering what they mean is not always...

May 09, 2021

You have probably heard the phrase that interest rates and bond prices move in opposite directions. That is, as interest rates rise bond prices are expected to fall and vice versa. However, since the start of 2021 we have observed a steady rise in international rates, yet corporate bond...

Mar 07, 2021

Bonds, like many other asset classes, have recovered from their covid-19 pandemic induced sell-off in March 2020 and prices should continue to rise since the U.S. central bank plans to keep its policy rate near zero until at least 2023 even as the economy improves. Higher bond prices...

Jan 10, 2021

Investors know that one of the first things they are told when considering a new investment is the minimum size of the investment. For example, when investing in a bond, the minimum can be as low as US$1,000 and as high as US$200,000. Your advisor would probably present you with several...

Oct 11, 2020

So much of the global economic outlook depends on the success of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and one thing that is almost certain is that current ultra-low interest rates will likely continue for quite some time. Each time the news features progress on a vaccine, the U.S...

Jul 26, 2020

Don’t feel bad if the first thing that came to mind was the Tom Cruise movie “Minority Report” when you saw the title of this article. Minority interest, affectionately known as non-controlling interest, is not something that is usually tossed around in idle conversation; however, it...

Jul 12, 2020

Companies around the world make important decisions every day. Some companies have cash flow issues, but some lucky companies have the opposite problem. i.e. they have extra cash on their hands. The question is: what should they do with that cash? Some companies choose to invest in the...

Jun 28, 2020

Where does the theory meet the practice? I imagine that you have heeded all the advice regarding investing when the market prices are depressed, and you have decided to take the plunge. Let’s imagine that you have also decided which stocks to invest in, i.e. you have decided on an...

Apr 19, 2020

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