Money Matters

Markets Developed equity markets tended to rise significantly in value in 2013, as the MSCI Equity Index shows (see chart 1). However, whether this is a sign of QE policies…
Housing and Mortgages The US housing market, the place where the realities of the 2008 crisis first became apparent, is back on the up. Official US government statistics showed September 2013…
Unemployment Since the global financial crisis (GFC), the number of employed in the US has reduced dramatically (see Chart 1). What this graph shows - and mere unemployment rates do…
2013 was a year in which the bubbles ran amok in developed markets, especially American equity markets, but in which gold, fixed interest, some emerging equity markets and many emerging…
One of my great concerns about the global economy in the aftermath of the financial crisis is how central banks’ money-printing bonanzas are falling way short of reinvigorating the economic…
Whether you are intending to buy, rent or buy-to-rent, property trends and customs in Thailand can be quite different to other countries. Foreign ownership Nowadays, non-Thai nationals can own property…
The number of US taxpayers renouncing their citizenship or permanent-resident status reached a new high in 2013. Nearly three thousand people elected to no longer hold an American passport, with…
This 31st March sees the deadline for Thai personal income tax (PIT) submissions - 8th April if you submit your return online.  It represents the first use of the new…

The Year of the Horse Goat?

Friday, 21 February 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 8 By Paul Gambles, Director MBMG Investment Advisory
Jon Ronson’s 2004 book ‘The Men Who Stare at Goats’ was subsequently turned into a film starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges which opened with a…

The Long and the Short of it

Friday, 14 February 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 7 By Graham Macdonald
Long/Short funds are basically hedge funds where the fund managers look for ways of beating the normal equity markets over a certain period of time. The basics are surprisingly easy.…

Broken China?

Friday, 07 February 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 6 By Graham Macdonald
Last year China ended up, if the government statistics are to be believed, with economic growth at 7.7% year on year. This year it will reduce slightly to just over…

Do not let Inflation eat into your cash

Friday, 31 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 5 By Graham Macdonald
The Governor of the Bank of England recently stated that interest rates will not rise for the foreseeable future. Most western governments are saying the same thing. This means that…

Fracking Hell… or Heaven?

Friday, 24 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 4 By Graham Macdonald
The cost of energy is on the up, well in Western Europe any rate, and the continued increase in price of gas and electricity has been given as a major…

Why go for Absolute Returns?

Friday, 17 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 3 By Graham Macdonald
Achieving absolute return targets in multi-asset funds is very different and, in my opinion, much more difficult to achieve than relative return targets and requires a completely different approach.
Thai insurance companies provide two types of life insurance which trigger a personal income tax deduction in Thailand: 1.  A regular life insurance policy - Deduction for premiums up to…
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