Gong Xi Fa Cai! Kung Hei Fat Choy! In China, no important decision is made without looking at astrology and feng shui at least a little. 2021 is the Year of the Ox, or more precisely the Year of the Yin Metal Ox. It follows the Year of the Rat, which brought us a century plague and an unexpected stock market rally thereafter. Continue reading “Year of the Ox: Getting Out of the Mess”
It’s always interesting to look at how the stock markets start into a new year. The month of January is supposed to have some predictive power for the rest of the year. Studies for the US market show that if January ends with a positive return, the probability that the year will end with a profit is around 90 percent. Although this statistic is valid for the US market, we can see similar effects for other stock markets. Continue reading “APAC Markets: First Trends in 2021”
The black swan couldn’t have been blacker. A look back at the stock markets in Asia-Pacific of this extraordinary, unpredictable, and dramatic year 2020. What would have an investment of 100K USD, EUR, or local currency returned if invested in one of the Asia-Pacific stock markets in 2020? Our regularly ranking shows the returns based on USD, EUR, and local currency.
The highest return with 39 percent would have made a USD investor with South Korean stocks in 2020. Continue reading “What a 100K Investment in Asia-Pacific Returned in 2020”
Three months left until year-end. Time for our quarterly resume for Asia-Pacific’s stock markets for the remaining period. October is statistically known as the month with the highest volatility in the year. November and December as two well-performing months due to the tendency for a year-end rally. But the upcoming US presidential election and the further development of the pandemic might override these statistics. The outcome remains more than uncertain. Continue reading “APAC Markets: The Pandemic Took Its Toll”
How did Asia-Pacific’s forex markets perform so far? The table beside gives a snapshot of the development of the different currencies in the Asia-Pacific region. The Philippine Peso and New Taiwan Dollar have increased the most against the USD and the EUR in the first half of this year. Continue reading “A Look at the Forex Markets in Asia-Pacific in 2020”
Stock markets around the world have been less affected by the COVID-19 pandemic than initially thought. Most markets largely recovered from the sharp drop in prices in March. And that despite a news flow that forecasts a rather bleak picture for the coming months. Indeed, numerous industries have been severely affected by the pandemic and have an uncertain future. But in our highly innovative and technological world, many companies and industries can defy such a global event or even benefit from it. Continue reading “What a 100K Investment in Asia-Pacific Returned in H1 2020”