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Possibility of Assets Prices Falling in Year 2010 again?

Written by Dennis Ng on .

By Andy Xie, guest economist to Caijing and board member of Rosetta Stone Advisors

(Caijing Magazine) At the beginning of 2009, I wrote that the global economy would stabilize in the second half, and a bear market rally could start in the second quarter of 2009. I thought that stagflation would be the dominant trend for the next few years. I am still sticking to my story. The bear market rally began earlier than I expected. The reason was that major governments have been introducing subsidies for speculation. They believe that the main problems are liquidity and confidence. Hence, if investors or speculators are brought back in the game, the world economy could return to a virtuous cycle again. I think that this type of approach could lead to a second dip in 2010.

Global Credit Markets Improves...

Written by Dennis Ng on .

On the credit front, the TED spread (i.e. three-month dollar LIBOR less three-month Treasury Bills - a measure of perceived credit risk in the economy) narrowed by 10 basis points during the past week. Since the TED spread’s peak of 4.65% on October 10 the measure has eased to an 11-month low of 0.76% - still well above the 38-point spread it averaged in the 12 months prior to the start of the crisis, but nevertheless a strong move in the right direction.

Global Stock Markets Record Nine Straight Weeks of Gains..

Written by Dennis Ng on .

Marking nine straight weeks of gains, the MSCI World Index surged by 6.4% (YTD +3.6%) on the week, the MSCI Emerging Markets Index by 9.4% (YTD +27.9%) and the S&P 500 Index by 5.9% (YTD +2.9%). Serving as a reminder of the severity of the bear market, these indices are still down by 43.3%, 45.8% and 40.6% respectively since the October 2007 bull market highs.

With the exception of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the UK FTSE 100 Index, most major global stock markets have now moved into positive territory for the year to date.