Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, such as Ethereum and Cardano, have continually been reaching all-time highs during the current bull run. However, as of late, cryptocurrency traders and investors have been riding the wild, volatile crypto rollercoaster.
Market manipulation has always been a problem in the financial market space. One of the most significant forms of legal market manipulation in recent times is illustrated through Elon Musk – specifically via his public tweets regarding cryptocurrencies.
The interest in special-purpose acquisition companies or SPAC has grown exponentially in the past year. Many companies are choosing to go public through these types of companies instead of a traditional initial public offering.
With rapid advancements in technology, coupled with strong shifts away from physical workplaces and face-to-face interactions, the world has become increasingly digital in all forms of life. One major change we have seen is the boom of digital banking, also known as ‘neobanking’.
A number of regulatory initiatives, such as the Task-force for Climate related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), have been enforced in the past decade. They have had the effect of making asset managers responsible for incorporating climate risk and related considerations into their investment decision making, governance and risk management.
Mental health plays a key role in the overall vitality and wellbeing of the economy. According to the Health Council, a mental illness is defined as ‘a clinically diagnosable disorder that significantly interferes with a person’s cognitive, emotional or social abilities’.
In 2018, the market observed an investment bubble into cannabis. Since then, a similar trend has resurfaced with the psychedelic craze which has subsequently raised investment capital. Commonly associated with magic mushrooms, ketamine, MDMA and LSD, these ‘magic’ substances have caught the keen eyes of investors.
Dogecoin (CCC:DOGE-USD) is a cryptocurrency, which is a digital currency that can be exchanged for goods or services. Dogecoin is an example of an “altcoin”, a term used to refer to cryptocurrencies other than Bitcoin that are built on the same fundamentals, but aim to provide solutions to the limitations of Bitcoin and ultimately be an improved form of cryptocurrency.
In early March, Greensill Capital declared insolvency. Only last October, Greensill, which was backed by Softbank’s Vision Fund, was planning an initial public offering that would value its company at US$7 billion. Its senior advisors included former U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and former Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop.
ESG stands for Environment, Social and Corporate Governance and they are a subset of sustainable investments. ESGs involves financing a business seeking to generate positive returns whilst also creating a positive societal and environmental footprint.
We are currently living in a world where everything unimaginable becomes reality. From Pokémon Card prices skyrocketing, to the striking rise of Cryptocurrency. Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have sought to bring these two momentous worlds together, allowing ownership of specialised, digital tokens.
GameStop Corporation (NYSE: GME) is an American video game retailer and trade-in destination. Since the end of January, shares of GameStop have been rapidly rising and falling. At its peak, the GameStop share price rose to around $US350, from about $US20 in early January. In the span of one week, it went up almost tenfold.
In this article, we aim to analyze how close we are to the inevitability of physical cash phasing out, what the likely financial impacts of the transition are, and whether there are potential investment opportunities to look out for while we observe this inevitable change.
Economies around the globe are suffering due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Governments in all nations will be looking for new sources of revenue to provide jobs to millions of people who find themselves out of work and to replenish diminishing budgets. With this in mind, a potential source of revenue and jobs could be provided through the legalisation of marijuana.
Ethereum, which is currently the second largest cryptocurrency in the world by market capitalization, distinguishes itself in providing one of the world’s first Turing Complete protocols, meaning programmers can use the Ethereum programming language to build their own Ethereum “Tokens” that can be swapped to and from Ethereum and are complete cryptocurrencies in their own right, which is a feature previously impossible on cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin.
The global economy has suffered fourteen global recessions since 1870, some of which have resulted in severe economic contractions. With more than a third of the world’s population being forced into lockdown, the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to plunge the global economy into its worst recession since the Second World War.
Throughout February and mid-March, the Australian debt market was plagued by irrational investor behaviour following fears of economic stagnation. Many investors were spooked about the impending pandemic and its associated economic costs which caused a decrease in the value of risky assets and a boosted demand for risk-free assets such as government-issued bonds. As investors piled into safe-haven assets, Australian bond-yields declined to record lows.
For the past few months, the market has traded with volatility that hasn’t been seen in a decade. Since the crash back in March, markets have aggressively rallied with the tech sector reaching all-time highs. In this article we will break down the leading tech companies along with the unprecedented inflow of funds into the industry.
The Financial Times (“The modern era of globalisation is in danger”, May 24) is right to argue “the current era of globalisation is not dead but looks in ill health”. With the rise of populist nationalism such as UK’s Brexit vote and the US election of Donald Trump in 2016, the COVID-19 risks deliver the knockout blow. Every country will have to pay the price for increasing protectionism resulting in frailer domestic production.
The purpose of this article is to delve into why Bitcoin is the single most buzzed about cryptocurrency, to discuss what Bitcoin’s halving entails, and how the past halvings have affected the global cryptocurrency market.
The global sports betting market was valued at approximately US $104.3 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach US $155.49 billion by 2024. Although it is widely viewed as being a root cause of gambling-related problems, there are many positive aspects to the industry.
Unlike many financial markets, I would consider the antique violin market to be somewhat niche and therefore, illiquid. This means it is far easier to buy and sell blue chip stocks on the ASX than trade antique violins which poses some problems – however, I have some measures in place to minimise the effects of low liquidity:
Just like one needs to look at the fundamentals of a company, i.e. the financial health of a company before investing, one of the most important factors in determining whether to invest in an antique violin is the health of the instrument.
Just like with any physical or financial asset, its fair value will be determined by the demand for and supply of that asset, i.e. how many people want to buy that asset, and the abundance of the asset. For instance, a violin which is mass-produced in a factory utilising inferior materials will not fetch a price anywhere near as a high as an original hand-made 1720 Antonius Stradivarius violin, made with premium materials in pristine condition.
The purpose of this article is to briefly delve into the exploding topic of cryptocurrencies – specifically the financial and economic facets of this market. If you are new to crypto – we hope this is an interesting primer that encourages you to learn more, and if you are not – we hope you find this an insightful refresher nonetheless. We will also briefly look at how the coronavirus has impacted this asset class.
COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the sporting world, with several professional and amateur sporting leagues across the globe being postponed or suspended. The global value of the sports industry was estimated to be $471bn in 2018 – an increase of 45% since 2011.
The markets have experienced extreme volatility in the past few weeks. Along with this, the market for oil has plummeted to levels never seen before.
In this article we will break down the timeline of oil’s collapse.
In this unprecedented time, society’s consumption levels have fallen to levels last seen in the 90’s. The coronavirus caused the global markets to collapse, with the S&P ASX200 falling 38.9% from its all-time high.
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