Archive for August 2020

Robinhood: will the poor win?

Many firms have struggled to keep doors open this year due to the pandemic. Few firms have managed to profit, and even fewer have experienced the success of fintech firm Robinhood. Robinhood is an online platform that offers people the ability to invest in stocks, ETFs, and options through Robinhood Financial and crypto through Robinhood…

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Chinese Property: Challenges and Opportunities

Since the widespread privatisation towards the end of the 20th century, the Chinese property market has experienced volatility; most notably, the real estate bubble slowed to a halt in 2011 after property prices rose threefold between 2005 and 2009. Forecasting this market in the medium and long term, the Hang Seng Properties Index (HSI.P) is…

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What can the African Continental Free Trade Area achieve?

On the 1st July 2020, the world’s largest free trade zone by area, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), should have been created. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed protocol negotiations, thus deferring an opportunity to lower tariffs and boost trade for 1.2 billion people in a continental economy worth 3.4 trillion USD. Several…

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Should Investors Continue to be Bullish with Bullion?

In the first 6 months of a COVID-stricken 2020, the stock price for gold bullion has climbed by 25% to 1,700 USD an ounce. This comes as a result of capital’s flight away from fundamental business stocks due to the current volatile times for commerce. The 33.7 trillion USD investment in gold Exchange Traded Funds…

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Value in value investing? The case of Berkshire Hathaway

Value investing involves selecting stocks that appear undervalued based on calculations of their fundamental intrinsic value. This value is based primarily on future earnings potential, but also fundamentals such as a sustainable business model, a healthy balance sheet and a reliable brand. This investment strategy, developed by Benjamin Graham in his work The Intelligent Investor,…

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