Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Greece, a south-eastern European island nation, is one of the world's most popular holiday destinations. The country boasts of clusters of scenic islands throughout the Aegean, Mediterranean and Ionian seas. Mesmerising ancient sites, picturesque beaches and traditional sugar-cube towns makes the country a tourist paradise.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
In its latest monetary policy meeting on Wednesday, the US Federal Reserve (Fed) raised its target fund rate range by 25bps to 1–1.25%, despite concerns on weak inflation data. The central bank also unveiled a detailed plan for trimming its massive balance sheet. Although the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) policymakers acknowledged the recent series of weak inflation readings, they remained confident about inflation returning to the target range in the medium term.
Monday, April 10, 2017
• US equity markets decline as minutes from Fed’s March meeting concerns investors.
• European equities finish mixed on the back of diverse set of economic and political news.
• Stabilizing US dollar propelled most Asian equities higher.
Monday, April 03, 2017
• US equity markets rebound as investors shrug off last week’s political drama.
• European equities finish strong in spite of mixed macroeconomic data.
• Asian equities end mix on domestic as well as global cues.
Wednesday, February 01, 2017
• Strong earnings reported by US companies underpin the robust weekly performance by major indices. Trump’s reassurance of slashing taxes and regulations instill confidence in the market. US GDP growth for fourth quarter came in at 1.9% annualised, lower than estimate of 2.2%.
• European indices finished mixed as companies present mixed earnings results.
• Asian markets shrug off protectionist talks, as most of the Asian indices advance despite cancellation
Monday, January 16, 2017
• Volatility in US markets return at onset of political transition and beginning of earnings season.
• European markets show mixed performance.
• The stream of negative news flow from China continues with foreign currency reserves falling to USD 3 trillion, and 2016 trade showing decline in exports for second year in a row.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
When you buy shares in top quality companies with solid balance sheets, good cash flows and a business model that is not susceptible to market fluctuations, it doesn’t really matter if the market drops $55 billion in a day.
That’s because investors who own shares in top-notch companies don’t panic. If you’ve done your research with Skaffold, and you’re confident that the shares in your portfolio are more likely than not to be worth significantly more in two, five or tens years time, then what happens in the market is incidental.
Monday, August 31, 2015
Bellamy’s Organic (CODE:BAL), the unassuming baby food manufacturer from Tasmania, is the first company this reporting season to join Skaffold’s coveted A1 club.
At it’s listing in 2014, Skaffold rated Bellamy’s B3: an excellent quality balance sheet with average economic performance. Like any start up, its balance sheet and economic performance has improved over time. Since 2012, all indicators have been heading in the right direction.
As you’d expect, excellent economics translate into skyrocketing share prices. Since releasing its full year results on 21 August BAL’s share price has jumped from $4.92 to $5.85.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Today when you login to Skaffold on your desktop, phone or tablet, you’ll go straight into the application. You can get to the important bits from the homepage. To access all of Skaffold’s tools, including your user details, votes, online help, our education portal, free stock reports and webinars, click the three horizontal lines in the top left corner.
Thursday, July 09, 2015
In the May 2014 edition of Money magazine we compared Australia’s Top 10 stocks by market capitalisation against their global counterparts. We’ve just completed the process again: Australia’s Top 10 vs the world. You’ll be able to read our insights in Money’s August 2015 edition, on sale from 6 August).
To test our theory, we created a hypothetical $100,000 portfolio equally invested across the nine global stocks identified in the May 2014 article.
Including unrealised gains, dividends and currency gains, the stocks returned 29.9 per cent. By comparison the All Ords Accumulation Index returned 7.8 per cent. Skaffold’s global stocks outperformed the Index by 22.1 per cent, or 6.3 per cent if you exclude currency gains. That’s not too bad.