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  • How Does A Recession Impact Interest Rates?

    During periods of economic expansion and contraction, interest rates are key components of the prevailing dynamic. They either directly or indirectly impact many facets of lending, business development and consumption. Accordingly, central banking authorities such as the United States Federal Reserve (FED), Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and European Central Bank (ECB) are tasked with regulating interest rates, thereby promoting pricing stability. Interest Rate Valuations An interest rate is the…

  • Are Eskom’s Troubles Impacting The South African Economy?

    Eskom is a 100% state-owned electricity company that provides energy to greater South Africa (SA). Featuring 30 power plants and a nominal generating capacity of 44,172 megawatts (MW), Eskom services 6.2 million direct customers. Given its massive size and government-sponsored status, the utility conglomerate is the backbone of South Africa's energy infrastructure. Unfortunately for the country's economy, Eskom has fallen on hard times. Widespread corruption, rising operational costs and staggering…

  • How COVID-19 Pandemic Caused A Global Recession

    What Is A Recession? When a country's economy grows, its citizens benefit as the value of services and goods increases—namely the gross domestic product (GDP). By contrast, when a country faces a period of economic decline there is a marked reduction of trade and industrial production. When this happens across two quarters, the overall GDP declines, and the economy is said to be in a recession. History Of Global Recessions…

  • How World Events Impact The Japanese Yen

    Established as the official currency of Japan by the Meiji government in 1871, the yen (ISO code: JPY ¥) is the third-most used currency in the world. With a long history of zero interest rates and little effect on the stimulation of the economy, the yen has been the world's biggest investor, and the preferred Asian reserve currency for decades. In the Japanese Edo era, a central bank had not…

  • 10 Largest U.K. Companies By Market Cap

    The most important stock index in the U.K. is the FTSE 100, which tracks the performance of the 100 largest companies in the country based on market capitalisation. The index, which is pronounced commonly as the "Footsie 100," was created in January 1984. At that time, its baseline value was established at 1,000 points, although stock prices were calculated retroactively back to 1969. In this article, we cover the 10…

  • LSE experiences drop in number of companies trading

    A Drop of 17% in Five Years - London Stock Exchange Experiences Decline in the Number of Companies Trading Judging by the number of companies which are currently trading on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), by all accounts the trading platform appears to be losing its appeal. In 2020 the number of companies trading on the LSE declined to an all-time low. Even though the platform is a powerful player…

  • Top 9 Australian ETFs

    What Is An ETF? Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are investment vehicles similar to mutual funds that hold a portfolio of securities, such as stocks, bonds, currencies, commodities and other assets. ETFs differ from mutual funds in that they are often designed to match the performance of a specific index and are therefore usually passive, while mutual funds are typically actively managed in order to try to outperform a specific index. ETFs…

  • Australian Real Estate Investment Trusts

    What Is An Australian Real Estate Investment Trust? Australian real estate investment trusts (A-REITs) are funds that give individuals the opportunity to invest in large income-producing commercial properties that are usually available only to large institutions. A-REITs include properties that are located in Australia as well as funds open to Australians that invest internationally. REITs (pronounced "reetz") in general can be bought and sold like regular stocks or in mutual…

  • Reserve Bank Of Australia

    The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is Australia's central bank, whose "duty is to contribute to the stability of the currency, full employment, and the economic prosperity and welfare of the Australian people," according to its website. The RBA does this by conducting monetary policy, establishing an interest rate in order to meet a medium-term inflation target, and maintaining a strong financial and efficient payments system. The bank also issues…

  • Financial Impact Of 2019-20 Australian Bushfires

    The Australian fires of 2019-20 brought acute environmental and economic damage to the continent. Following an extended period of abnormally dry, windy weather, Australia experienced one of its worst fire seasons on record. From September 2019 to January 2020, "bushfires" decimated an estimated 20 million acres, accounted for 25 human deaths and half a billion animal fatalities. Aside from being an environmental catastrophe, the economic implications stemming from the fires…

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