Bitcoin hits new record high

Bitcoin surged to a new all-time high of $19,712. Its adoption by payments giant PayPal, as well as its role in portfolios as a safe haven which can offer diversification away from other assets like equities and bonds, have caused a huge run up in its value this year. It’s one year return is nowContinue reading “Bitcoin hits new record high”

S&P Global in talks to pull off the biggest deal of 2020

Salesforce’s talks of a deal with workplace communications firm Slack dominated headlines late last week, but an even bigger deal was reported over the weekend. Per The WSJ, financial information firm S&P Global is in advanced talks to buy fellow data giant IHS Markit for $44bn. If that price stands, the deal would be theContinue reading “S&P Global in talks to pull off the biggest deal of 2020”

Facebook’s Libra to launch as soon as January

Libra, the cryptoasset devised by Facebook, is reportedly planning to launch as early as January, as per the Financial Times, although it will be a scaled down version of what was originally planned. The FT quotes unnamed sources as saying the launch will now be focused on one single cryptoasset, rather than the launch of several coins.Continue reading “Facebook’s Libra to launch as soon as January”

Dow closes above 30,000 for the first time ever

On Tuesday, the 124-year old Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 30,000 point mark for the first time in its history, almost four years after it first crossed the 20,000 mark. The Dow is now up more than 60% since its low in March, and surged through 30,000 with a 1.5% daily gain onContinue reading “Dow closes above 30,000 for the first time ever”

Tesla nears $500bn market cap as markets rally on Trump power transfer

European markets have maintained yesterday’s momentum with news of easing lockdowns in the UK and France adding to the optimism.  The FTSE is up 0.5%, the Dax up 0.4% and the Dow Jones leading way in the US futures market up 1%. Markets around the world rose on Monday and overnight as further vaccine news,Continue reading “Tesla nears $500bn market cap as markets rally on Trump power transfer”

Oil holds near 12-week high, with energy stocks soaring

The price of oil held at over $43 a barrel in overnight trading on Sunday and into this morning’s European open, its highest level since early September. That follows the third straight week of gains for oil prices, as progress towards a widely available Covid-19 vaccine has raised hopes of an improvement in energy demand.Continue reading “Oil holds near 12-week high, with energy stocks soaring”

US Treasury and Federal Reserve clash over pandemic response

European markets have opened marginally more positive this morning, but today’s upcoming session has been clouded as officials in Washington clash over the pandemic response. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell found themselves in disagreement over several emergency lending programs that were started to support businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic. MnuchinContinue reading “US Treasury and Federal Reserve clash over pandemic response”

Stock market predictions and the stocks Australian retail investors will have in their portfolios at the start of 2021

2020 has arguably been one of the wildest years the stock market has ever seen.  Now, as we start to farewell the year that’s been, investors are starting to plan their portfolios for the year to come. With the newly elected president Joe Biden in the US and the race to find a COVID-19 vaccineContinue reading “Stock market predictions and the stocks Australian retail investors will have in their portfolios at the start of 2021”

Second effective vaccine fuels rally, Tesla joins S&P

Dominating headlines yesterday was the news that Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine has proven 94.5% effective in a late-stage trial, a week after Pfizer reported similar results in its own trial. More data is expected from the study later this month, and Moderna said that it plans to ask health authorities to clear the vaccine by earlyContinue reading “Second effective vaccine fuels rally, Tesla joins S&P”

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