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The Style Cycle: Equity Factors and Macro Data Diverge
The performance of equity factors such as value, quality and low risk tends to track the economic cycle, and their recent behavior has eased concerns among many investors that the economy is slowing. Yet we believe investors should be cautious. The value factor, which historically tends to perform well in expansions, has outperformed the more defensive quality and low-risk factors
College Admissions Fraud – Are Blockchain Credentials The Answer?
The college admissions scandal: until we rethink verification, fraud will remain a way of life Earlier this week, news broke of a massive college admissions scam that implicates dozens of wealthy parents and other parties, exposing a web of corruption, bribery and falsified student information. While influence-peddling in higher education is nothing new, the depth and brazenness of the acts
Video: SWIFT’s Lisa O’Connor on the Company’s DLT Dreams Plus a Panel on the Practical Applications of Blockchain in Finance
Hosted by the NexChange Group, the 2019 Hong Kong Blockchain Week gathered over 4,000 attendees and more than 175 speakers from around the globe to explore the latest in the ever-evolving world of blockchain. Among the event’s array of noteworthy speakers was SWIFT Managing Director Lisa O’Connor. O’Connor opened the kimono on what SWIFT plans to do through DLT and
Emerging Markets Record Mixed Performances in February
Emerging market equities saw mixed performances in February, with stocks in Asia faring better than stocks in Latin America and emerging Europe, which underperformed. Franklin Templeton’s Emerging Markets Equity team outlines what drove market moves during the month and where they see opportunities today. They see reasons to be optimistic about Brazil in particular. Three Things We’re Thinking About Today
STOs And ICOs Are Growing Less, But Growing Up
PwC Strategy& and Crypto Valley Association (CVA) recently published the 2019 ICO/STO report, which illustrates that the overall ICO and STO landscape is entering a new phase of maturity. TheDigitalArtist / Pixabay In the second half of 2018, the number and volume of ICOs and STOs decreased considerably for various reasons however, the amount raised increased, and the amount of
Video: Everipedia CIO Dr. Larry Sanger at Hong Kong Blockchain Week
Hong Kong Blockchain Week – Hong Kong’s largest blockchain event – played host to a multitude of noteworthy speakers, including Everipedia CIO Dr. Larry Sanger. The Wikipedia co-founder took the stage at the Hybrid Summit to talk about decentralization; why it needs to be done, and more importantly, how to do it. He relates this with how he thought his
The “Calm Premium”
The recent U.S. equity rally has coincided with a drop in volatility. But can that continue? Russ discusses. While the equity rally seems to have at least temporarily stalled, stocks remain near three-month highs. The rebound in equity prices has been driven by a sharp and relentless bout of multiple expansion. In other words, investors are willing to pay more
SEC Chairman Confirms Ethereum Is Not a Security
In response to the news that the US Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman, Jay Clayton, has confirmed that Ethereum is not a security, we wanted to share some initial reactions from executives in the space. In correspondence analysing a report from the Division of Corporate Finance, William Hinman, Clayton reiterated that “if the network on which the token or coin
Video: IOHK CEO and Ethereum Co-Founder Charles Hoskinson at Hong Kong Blockchain Week
Hong Kong Blockchain Week gathered over 4,000 attendees from across the globe to network and explore the latest developments in the continuously-evolving world of blockchain. Delegates also got to hear from the technology’s foremost experts, with IOHK CEO and Ethereum co-founder Charles Hoskinson taking the stage on day three’s Hybrid Summit. Hoskinson, fresh from a 22-hour flight from Colorado, spoke
European Uncertainty Has Lowered the Price Tag for Quality Stocks
The fourth quarter of 2018 was tough on investors in European equities, and uncertainty appears to be rising as we enter 2019. But, the Invesco International and Global Growth team believes that environments like these can result in great prices for attractive businesses. In fact, we haven’t seen valuations in Europe this low since 2013. So, what is our outlook