Quick Q&A with the CEO: Where are US interest rates going?

Scott Schuberg, Rivkin CEO:  I believe that the decision to raise US rates will emerge later than what the market expects, with regard to what is priced in to current US Fed Funds futures and the ...

The pros and cons of forex trading

Since the global financial crisis tore a hole in many stock portfolios in 2008, the rise of forex trading among retail traders has been phenomenal. The ability to trade in large size with only a s...

[VIDEO] When should you buy US shares?

With US markets at near all-time highs, one can't help but ask: when is the right time to buy US shares? In this video we have lifted an excerpt from one of the panel shows that we film and send t...

Quick Q&A with the CEO: What are the implications of the ongoing quest for yield?

Yield chasers have pushed up the prices of the big banks and other blue chips to near record highs  –  but what are their valuations like? Where should new investors be looking for income? W ill  ...

How to trade the oil price

How to trade the oil price: which instruments can you trade to get exposure to this? The future direction in which oil markets will trade is a hot topic, having put in an approximate 55% fall from...

[VIDEO] Make or break time for Europe

The 22 nd of January 2015 could have gone down in history as the moment when Europe failed to save itself. However, late in the evening after the European Central Bank’s Governing Council had rule...

Quick Q&A with the CEO: Are market conditions more supportive for Australian stocks – or overseas shares? Why?

Scott Schuberg, Rivkin CEO: As a starting point, I believe that investors should be focused on economies where nominal GDP growth is healthy and public debt is not escalating. Australia is one of ...

The major moves of 2014

Coming into the end of the year it is always interesting to take a look back and see which of the major financial markets moved the most throughout the prior 12 months. Overall, 2014 was a year th...

What the RBA has planned for Australia and how it will affect the Aussie dollar

At the time of writing, the Australia dollar is buying US$0.8255. The dollar last traded at these low levels in June 2010, but Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Governor  Glenn Stevens has been quot...

The likelihood of a 2014 'Santa Claus Rally'

The term Santa Claus Rally comes from the tendency for equity markets – both locally and overseas – to perform strongly into the end of the year. In this article, we'll look at both past trends an...

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