Three investment ideas for a diversified portfolio

A diversified portfolio is an investor’s best friend when aiming for consistent returns. Too much of one type of investment, or omitting another sector entirely, could see them overexposed should the unexpected happen. With 2020 – and potentially 2021 – still able to throw investors some curveballs, here we have collated three investment ideas thatContinue reading “Three investment ideas for a diversified portfolio”

Brexit talks stall, ECB set to extend stimulus

European markets have had a muted open this morning as ongoing Brexit talks continue to yield any real progress. The deadline of this Sunday has been set for talks to reach a conclusion and with many markets pricing in an agreement of some sort, a derailment of negotiations could well bring on some significant volatility.Continue reading “Brexit talks stall, ECB set to extend stimulus”

Oil gains on OPEC+ cut talks

OPEC+ will resume talks today with a view to planning for 2021 and the continuation of output cuts to support the oil price in a time when demand is lower as the world recovers from the pandemic. A deal is expected to be reached for cuts of 7.7 million barrels per day which has seenContinue reading “Oil gains on OPEC+ cut talks”

UK approves Pfizer vaccine, US closes at record highs

The UK has become the first Western country to approve a Covid-19 vaccine, giving emergency authorisation for Pfizer-BioNTech’s 95% effective solution. The jab could be rolled out as early as next week, with frontline workers and the most vulnerable likely to be at the head of the queue. The vaccine does present logistical challenges givenContinue reading “UK approves Pfizer vaccine, US closes at record highs”

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”

Bitcoin hits record high followed by sharp sell-off

Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptoasset, reportedly hit a new all-time high of $19,510 yesterday, beating the previous high of $19,458 set in December 2017, according to the Financial Times (FT). The cryptoasset has risen 75% in the past three months. From lows in March it has returned a staggering 400%. The record high was disputed by someContinue reading “Bitcoin hits record high followed by sharp sell-off”

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”

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