Political experts use the phrase 'strong men era' to describe the current political landscape. Everywhere across the world, authoritarian leaders have swept into power (or simply seized it) since the start of the current decade. In the US, Republican President Donald Trump is widely considered as a populist politician who has an anti-establishment leaning. His … Continue reading We’re in an era of ‘Strong Men’: 4 things investors must take note of
Italian Elections – Il problema?
An old Tuscan proverb claims that "after the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box". Would the upcoming elections in Italy turn out to be as what the proverb claims? Political uncertainties have gripped Europe since the fated Brexit vote, and Italy is widely seen to be a poster child of … Continue reading Italian Elections – Il problema?
A Great Podcast not to be missed
Swiss investor Felix Zulauf is a pioneer among global finance. He joint the industry before Wall Street became 'Wall Street'. He anticipated the great equity bull market in the early 1980s, made a killing for his clients during the infamous 1987 market crash, and foresaw the Asian Financial Crisis back in the 1990s. How brilliant … Continue reading A Great Podcast not to be missed
2nd Quarter 2017 Review & Strategy for 2H 2017
The first half of 2017 is over, and my book remained almost unchanged from the end of 1Q 2017 to the end of June. I maintain my defensive stance, risking one-third of my usual sizing for any new positions and also gunning for lowly-correlated positions in terms of price structure as well as fundamental logic. … Continue reading 2nd Quarter 2017 Review & Strategy for 2H 2017
En Garde! Playing the French Elections & a Frexit?
En Garde! French citizens are once again heading to the polls in what is arguably 2017's most widely and closely-watched high key political event: the French Presidential and Parliamentary Elections! At stake? Possibly the future of the European Union (EU). That's because one of the potential candidates for the Presidency, Madame Marine Le Pen, is calling … Continue reading En Garde! Playing the French Elections & a Frexit?
Review of 1st Quarter 2017 & Portfolio Update
While it was a decent 3 months for both broad equity and bond markets, all my trades did not work out as expected and I cut all my initial positions that were initiated in January. Additionally, a couple of my positions that were USD-denominated also saw valuations affected by the slight weakening of the Dollar against … Continue reading Review of 1st Quarter 2017 & Portfolio Update
Investing in an age of populism…
2016's been accepted as a watershed year: a year where we saw a rise in populism in the West. There's been countless articles and commentaries written on this rather (un)eventful year, so I shall not add to the existing pile. As global macro investors, we are well aware that developments in the political realm can lead to changes … Continue reading Investing in an age of populism…