Although the world is struggling, “West money” is helping this Southeast Asian stock market boom

After a year of slipping, Philippine stocks are beginning in 2019 in the best way in the world. A dream start also caused foreign investors to pour money into the Philippine stock market despite their massive withdrawal last year. The Philippines has really left behind the title of one of Asia’s worst stock markets in 2018.

At the moment, Rizal Commercial Bank Corp and AB Capital & Investment Corp have all pumped money to buy Philippine stocks instead of waiting for stocks to rise in price to discharge goods as they did last year. At the moment, Philippine stock has increased by 4.9% with a record increase of 1.7% at 10.50 am on 8/1. This momentum helps Philippine stocks can surpass the resistance level of 8,000 points in this quarter.

Optimistic psychology covered the Philippine stock market thanks to data of inflation slowing for the second consecutive month after peaking for 9 years, marking the biggest slowdown since May 5, 2018. Besides, the fact that the US Federal Reserve has signaled to slow down the process of raising interest rates made investors more secure in the down payment.

At the moment, foreign investors have pumped $ 49 million into securities funds this year. It also marked the longest net buying of foreign investors in the last 5 months. Last year, foreign investors withdrew $ 1.08 billion from the Philippine stock market, contributing to accelerating the slump in this market.

Meanwhile, many foreign investors expect Philippine stocks can increase to 8,100 to 8,200 points in the coming time. That means a huge profit if money is down at this time. The main task of investors at the moment is to choose good stocks to invest and make a profit.
Nomura Chetan Seth and Jayant Parasramka analysts said that currently, banking stocks and consumer-related businesses are being sought by investors. In addition, cash flow is being poured into stocks with medium market capitalization and the largest enterprises in the market in the hope of boosting the benchmark higher, helping to increase the attractiveness of Philippine securities.

If optimistic signs continue to be maintained, analysts believe that Philippine stocks may hit 8,300 points or even 8,400 points. Good statistics in the first quarter of 2019 will greatly contribute to the growth potential of this Southeast Asian stock market and vice versa.

Even more optimistic, UBS AG strategist Jody Santiago, believes that slow inflation may boost spending and profit margins can surprise corporate profits. If these become real, Philippine stocks may rise to 8,900 points this year.

Going back to reality, it is hard to say that foreign capital inflows into the Philippines market are a reversal compared to the wave of withdrawals last year. However, it can be affirmed that pouring capital into the market shows that investors are very interested in Philippine stocks in particular and emerging markets in general.

Chinese Stocks Fell The Worst in 2018

According to Bloomberg, the Shanghai Composite Index has dropped by nearly 25% compared to the beginning of the year, making China a big stock market with the strongest decline in the world 2018.

The booming trade war between the US and China is seen as the main reason why Chinese stocks “evaporate” $ 2.3 trillion worth of capitalization this year.

Along with that, the debt reduction campaign in the economy pursued by Beijing has caused the debt margin on the stock market to fall to about one third compared to the peak in 2015.

Foreign investors continue to buy listed shares in the mainland China market through connection with Hong Kong stock, and Chinese state funds are supposed to intervene in the market to support prices. share. However, the indexes of Chinese stocks have continuously dropped sharply.

In addition to the US-China trade war, Chinese securities investors are also concerned about the slowdown of the domestic economy.

The $ 2.3 trillion capitalization decline of Chinese stocks this year was the strongest since Bloomberg began saving data on this market in 2002. The similar near capitalization of Chinese securities occurred. came into the global financial crisis 10 years ago, when the Shanghai Composite Index dropped 65%.

With the decrease in capitalization, China this year ceded the position of the second largest stock market in the world to Japan.

Along with the decline of the market is the decline of trading volume. The daily average trading volume of the Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges combined has dropped to about 369 billion yuan, equivalent to $ 54 billion, the lowest level since 2014.

In Thursday’s session, only about 263.8 billion yuan of votes were transferred on both exchanges, about one-tenth of the peak in 2015.

China’s debt reduction campaign has achieved some results, at least in the stock market because of speculative activity.

The total outstanding securities margin is only about 756 billion Yuan on Tuesday this week, about 1/3 of the peak 3 years ago. In 2015, Chinese securities investors borrowed collateral at a record level to buy stocks, leading to a stock bubble.

Many loss investors have fled the Chinese stock market this year. A total of 75 mutual funds with a focus on Chinese securities dissolved in the year, according to Bloomberg data, the highest level ever since the data began to be recorded in 2007. Over the past 11 years , there are 88 Chinese securities mutual funds come to the dissolution outcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Crypto Market Needs To Pay Attention In The Last Few Months of 2018

When referring to the basic analysis of trade crypto, it is common to discuss only the basic characteristics of a project such as technology, platform, community, usefulness, etc. the market. However, catching a few basic trends will help a lot for investors. Here are some highlights in  the last quarter of 2018 in general.

1. Bitcoin ETF
Bitcoin ETF is one of the most talked about phrases recently, when the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced that it would review the Bitcoin ETF proposal from VanEck and SolidX. It is notable that the SEC has repeatedly rejected ETF proposals from twins WinkleVoss, Proshares, Direxion as well as GraniteShares, which totaled 9 singles were massacred by the SEC.


The cryptocurrency market in general is very much looking forward to this so-called Bitcoin ETF, as it is a great opportunity for institutional investors to keep an eye out for Bitcoin and pre-coding. The deadline for the SEC’s decision on the VanEck & SolidX proposal is September 30, but the SEC has said it will review it without giving a date. High probability will be in this October.

2. Bitcoin Futures Contracts
In the past, Bitcoin has been hit hard by the near maturity of Bitcoin futures on CME and CBOE, with CME taking on higher volume and contracts. So we have to be careful when trading Bitcoin in the near future maturity date.
In terms of futures contracts, the contract price will tend to run at the spot price so there will be a strong pump or dump, so trader avoids trading on these days – especially the last trading day (last trade). In October, we have the last transaction date is 28/10 and the due date is 31/10.

3. Binance launches decentralized trading platform (DEX)
This may be a major event affecting the cryptocurrency market, the likelihood is high. Binance is a decisive trading platform and it is capable of shaping the direction of the entire market. If it’s going to the decentralized floor, the rest of the floor will do the same, and indeed the decentralized floor is a milestone right from the start in Binance’s roadmap.

Binance is scheduled to release its beta at the end of this year or early 2019.

10 Tips for Fintech Start-up Gain Achievements

What is FinTech?
In a nutshell, FinTech is a term for the industry that provides financial services on technology platforms.

In China, from beggars or weddings to bundles of vegetables with QR codes, the QR code fever is flaring in China. It is estimated that every day a Chinese interacts with about 10-15 QR Code codes.
In Sweden, homeless people who are selling newspapers now can receive money by scanning credit cards, or receiving SMS messages. The amount of cash circulated in Sweden has dropped to the lowest level in 27 years.
In India, people can now go to the market to buy vegetables and pay by phone, via Paytm e-wallet.
In the Philippines, it is possible to trade virtual bitcoins in the 7-Eleven convenience store, through a partnership between the chain and the largest bitcoin in the Philippines, Coins.ph.
In Kenya, people can borrow and store money on the phone, via the M-Shwari service of the national telecommunications group Safaricom. Safaricom’s M-Pesa electronic wallet is being used by 40% of the Kenyan population.

Here are 10 tips that any Fintech startup should know so as not to miss the opportunity to work with large banks in the future.
1. To mobilize enough support capital
Determine before the start of the project that the cost is always double and it will take three times more than expected.
2. Estimate the time of the sales cycle
If you have a FinTech business solution for any financial institution – either a small organization or a central currency bank – must accept a long, arduous sales cycle with many delays. .
3. Learn about the market
Many startups believe that their solution will completely change the way the bank operates and no longer have to use existing tools.
4. Build a successful sales strategy
5. Share sales opportunities with all sales people
6. Get a head start
7. Spacious during preparation for sale
8. Do not cover everything too carefully
9. The site must be ready when the product starts to run
10. Product thinking must be independent

How the Stock Market Works – Beginners

The stock market has been proven to be one of the best ways to become a financial success. Modern technology allows us to access the market a lot faster and have the opportunity to gain information about trades, stocks and companies instantly. With all this information, it might seem as if trading stock is easy, but one of the biggest mistakes people make at first is not learning what the stock market is and how it works.

This is the first step to finding out how you can become a stock trader and what it actually means to trade. To understand the basics of the stock market, we need to break it down and make it as simple as possible. Therefore, we’ll use simple examples and keep things on a smaller scale, allowing you as a beginner to understand exactly what the trading process is all about.

What are Stocks?

Stocks are shares of a company that you can own, meaning you’ll own a share of the company. This doesn’t mean you become part of the company or anything, but rather that you are investing your money in the company with the goal that it would become more valuable.

A simple example of this would be buying a piece of cake, it might be a tiny slice, but you own part of that cake. Now to get that slice, you need to be linked to a “store”, which in the trading world is known as a broker that’s available via telephone or the more popular option in today’s internet driven world is a trading website or app.

Why Own Stocks?

Doing your research on companies is important as it provides information about the company, where they’re headed and the future value of the company. The idea is to make money, “buy low, sell high”, meaning your slice of cake has to increase in value before it becomes worth selling.

Therefore, it’s important to research and determine whether the value would increase over time. Of course, it’s completely possible for a much higher price in a few weeks, months or years from now. Perhaps the cake is something new and expected to become very popular within the next few months, or it’s becoming rare, and people are prepared to pay more for it sometime soon.
The fact is, there are many reasons you’d want to purchase part of a company, but at the same time, there are just as many reasons (if not more) why the value of the stock could decrease.

Why Sell Stocks?

Owning a share doesn’t give you anything but an increase or decrease in value, meaning you can’t use the share to pay for your bills or purchase anything. However, you can sell the stock for a profit and use the funds you receive to pay for things or buy into a new company.

There are many reasons to sell a stock, not only relating to the need for funds, but also the future of the stock you own. For example, you’d sell a stock if the value isn’t expected to increase further or you think it might go down due to recent occurrences within the company.

Is Bitcoin Really the Future of Money?

The craze around the most popular cryptocurrency has introduced just about everyone to an entirely new concept for anything from earning through to digital money and even blockchain. Over the last ten years, the currency has shown incredible growth, making just about everyone want to get in on the huge earning potential by mining or by taking advantage of the currency as an investment.

If you follow social media, you would’ve seen some posts about people turning into millions from small investments, even teenagers becoming instant millions by investing money they got from their parents for birthdays.

There’s no doubt about it, the huge increase in value around Bitcoin has made it amazingly popular, especially with the huge price spikes in the last few years. First, it started at less than $0.10 per coin, and by the time most have heard about the coin, it was close to the $20,000 mark, making instant millionaires out of everyone who was brave enough to invest a $100 or more. Not long off to the massive price increase, the coin had a rather serious dip, causing the currency to decrease by more than 50%. However, it still remains well over $5,000, making it the most valuable currency in the world.

As some of you would know, the currency was created to cut out all the middlemen, meaning banks and other financial institutes that control our money and benefit from it. With blockchain technology and a decentralised platform, the Bitcoin system works only with the users involved with it, which is simply the basics of it.

With everything in place, will Bitcoin really become the next international currency?


When we look at the overall state of Bitcoin, we can see that it’s becoming less and less popular with businesses around the world, especially after the major dip in value not so long ago. It’s also important to remember that the value of Bitcoin isn’t regulated, and it can be extremely volatile, making it a difficult currency to work with, especially when it comes to businesses.

Since the major dip in value, more and more businesses that used to accept Bitcoin as a payment option now avoid it, which isn’t just related to the value of the currency, but the scams around it as well. If you keep up with Bitcoin news, you would’ve heard about many different scams, people losing thousands by purchasing fake coins.

For these reasons and many other economical reasons, it’s unlikely that the current state of Bitcoin would become the standard international currency. Sure, there are still many international retailers and online stores accepting Bitcoin, but it’s become harder to use the currency, due to the scammers.

Bitcoin is completely anonymous, allowing scammers to get away with stealing much easier, especially for people who aren’t clued up with hacking and tracking someone down. Even then, Bitcoin scammers aren’t easy to track down, making the currency risky for the everyday user.

Kevin Muir Alerts We only a Few Steps Away from Dot-Con Stupidity

We not at the “2000 levels of stupidity yet, but we are getting really close according to Kevin Muir. Business Week recently published that Muir said that darling of the bubble days, Sun was priced way beyond perfection, it was priced so far beyond it that is was head-shakenly-stupid. In 2009 after the stock reached $64, McNealy predicted that the stock would drop down below single digits before it was bought at -0.25% by Oracle for a sum of $7.4 billion. So, the big question is, will there be an overheating period for the stock market like it was back in the heydays of the dot-com days, and on this Muir says it is not time to sound the alarm although that day is moving closer.


Muir said that it is not near 2000 yet although he needs to acknowledge the numbers that never lies and by looking at the metric, we are but a few tricks away from matching the stupidity of the Dot-Con days.

Kevin Muir is a market strategist at East West Investment Management

Muir revealed in the April publication of Business week that the quote he loves the most is that of Scott McNealy on the Bubble and Regulation, he feels it shows how absurd the SUN Microsystems was evaluated at the high of the Dot-Con bubble, it was the time when trading was all about the system beasts.

The computers were the best in power, compared to the behemoths, Windows PCs were nothing they were toys. The SUN microsystem everyone believed would rule the world, the company priced for perfection was that of Scotty Mc Nealy, or as Muir now puts it, it was priced so far beyond perfection that it was nothing but stupid and insane.

Twenty-Eight Trades at Fifteen Time Revenue

He brings up Scott’s tweet as a reminder at just how absurd valuations were at the time. Twenty-nine stocks at the time traded above ten times their revenue during the dot-com mania, today Facebook is one of the 28 that traded at more than fifteen-time revenue, and that is actually over 50% above what the Sun Micro did during its peak.

What is ironic is that Facebook today resides at the old headquarters of the Sun. Muir says he can’t say that the social media giant will follow the same path but what he can acknowledge is that tons of investors will at some point in the future. Jesse Felder agrees with Muir and says that the stock market, today is as stupid and crazy as it was during the peak of the Dot-Com mania.

Will Google Refuse Advertising?

There is quite a bit of pressure on Google from MPs, UK Music and FA to refuse Viagogo advertising, so the big question is if the giant would consider accepting cash. Viagogo pays cash to have their ticket website at the highest search ranking, and several MPs, the trade body of UK Music and even a signed letter by the Football Association, is part of the urge directed at Google.

Paid advertising is how Google makes money and where this comes in is easier to explain by going back to where it all started. The letter recently sent to the senior executives of Google was first shown to the Guardian who shared that Viagogo’s notoriety in Google search rankings guides consumers to purchase theatre tickets, sports and music tickets that could be invalid. The signatories also included concerns that some of the fans were directed to the site, it’s a common channel for vendors to resell tickets with a massive markup and this takes place even while there are still tickets available elsewhere.

Google is known for their strict rules especially when it comes to search engine optimisation and may be in breach of its own set of rules and guidelines, which strictly demand that businesses who purchase prominence in Google search results via pay-per-click AdWords service must comply with all local and international laws. The letter mentions that legal proceeding must be brought against Google as the worlds most trusted brand for accepting cash in promoting the least trusted of them all. To Google obviously, Viagogo is a valuable client who spends considerable amounts on yearly paid advertising, and on the other side, Google has a responsibility to protect consumers.

Viagogo Facing Criticism

Viagogo, a UK website has also faced a load of criticism for its contentious business practices, it originates 75% of its site traffic from referrals via the search engine according to SimilaWeb data analysis. Sharon Hodgson, Labour MP, was one of the signatories of the letter explained that she heard numerous times from customers who were distressed by Viagogo. They were guided to the website due to its prominent position as they placed by Google as their too search. It is wrong that such a website as Google, who are trusted by thousands of online consumers direct these online clients to the most untrustworthy site on the web. Google’s main objective should be to protect consumers and to take all the necessary action to guarantee their safety, and many are looking forward to working with Google to correct this in the near future.

Only a few months ago, actually, it was in February of 2018 a new certification system was launched by Google, a system for ticket resellers with the objective to offer consumers a clearer form of information. What the signers of the letter now makes clear is that Google needs to ban the use of AdWords from Viagogo, it enables companies to leapfrog to the top, to enjoy top results from searches and it is all possible in exchange for a fee, the fee is a paid for link every time a searcher clicks on it. All eyes on now on Google and how it will handle the situation.

Say No to Timeshares

For the amateur traveler, the idea of having a timeshare is exciting and new. You are promised great prices for accommodation at top rated resorts every time you go on vacation, as well as a gift for just listening to the pitch. If you are smart, you would sit through the pitch, take your gift and head in the opposite direction. If you want to be fair and yet even smarter, walk away from anyone who offers you anything for free, there is usually a catch that you don’t want to be a part of.

I was a victim of this earlier this year when I went to the Bahamas on vacation for only 3 days and 2 nights. There I was, relaxing on the beach with my cousin on the first day, and approached by a man who was selling tonnes of services. He offered us a free breakfast and dinner, all we had to do was show up at a resort. We spent close to three hours just sitting and talking to someone before we got our breakfast, only to realize they were trying to sell us a timeshare package. Imagine how annoyed we were to waste half the day and our time was already limited. They didn’t even want us to leave, we had to fight our way to get out of there. If someone offers you something like this, be aware, it may be someone who is pitching timeshares and you don’t want to waste your vacation listening to what they have to offer, no matter how good the free gift may seem.

Timeshares are pitched as a dream vacation and a once in a lifetime opportunity that you don’t want to miss. While the majority of offers are legitimate and you do have genuine deals, in the long run, you would realize that owning a timeshare is not worth it and by the time you get back home from your vacation, it would be too late to stop the transaction. A timeshare allows you to use property for a certain part of the year, and the length depends on how much shares you own. So, for instance, if you own 2 shares out of 52, then you can stay at the property for 2 weeks in the year (a year has 52 sometimes 53 weeks). Whoever is selling you the timeshare may inform you of the cost to purchase the share but they may fail to tell you about all the other fees and charges or they may have a clause in the contract where fees are subject to change.

Usually, with timeshares, you are charged a yearly maintenance fee, property tax, utilities and other fees. Sometimes you may think it is affordable because you pay an initial deposit and maybe a small monthly fee. However, did you consider the hidden costs such as airfare travel to get to the resort every year? It also limits where you spend your vacation and you may have to book your slot months in advance. What if you decide to cancel your vacation or visit a different country? You would still be stuck paying for your share year after year. Trust me, you would rather use that money on an exotic vacation somewhere else. If you do sit through one of these pitches, never give them your credit card information.

The Low-Down on Crude Oil

The Low-Down on Crude Oil

The Low-Down on Crude Oil

Crude Oil prices are controlled by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), also referred to as the oil cartel, made up of 15 oil producing countries, collaboratively controlling 80% of the world’s proven oil reserves and 61% of its exports. The organisation was originally founded by Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela who each signed an agreement in 1960 to unify petroleum policies and stabilize the oil market, ensuring that consumers are constantly supplied and producers have a steady and fair return on investments.

Crude oil is refined to make jet fuel and gasoline which accounts for 96% of the world’s transportation. When the price of crude oil is high, the price of natural gas is also high which is used to fuel 73% of residential and commercial production. Higher prices mean higher fuel costs and an increase in inflation since food prices are also determined by transportation costs.

On the opposite end though, low crude oil prices can destabilize countries that heavily depend on exporting their crude oil production, incurring large budget deficits and high unemployment rates.Once income from crude oil, also known as petrodollars, are flowing, it can boost government expenditure and generate investments, thus stabilizing the economy and creating a positive flow in equity markets and oil stocks, globally.

All things being equal, the cheaper the production, the cheaper the price to consumers. Technically, this is not the case with crude oil. While production can cost as low as $10 a barrel, there is the added cost of refining it and distribution is also a factor. For instance, in the United States, refineries operate at 62% and since the great depression of 2009, there are 9 less refineries today, accounting for the decrease in oil distribution.

The demand for oil will be high for the foreseeable future and high oil prices mean increased employment. Lowering oil prices would be unconventional, even causing countries like the United States to suffer in terms of growth. The price of oil today is at $73 per barrel and it is forecasted to increase over the next few years. In 2008, it crossed over $100 a barrel but fell to an all-time low in January of 2009 to $59 a barrel. It picked up again in 2011 but it was cut by almost 50% in 2015 when US increased production of shale oil, the alternative to crude oil.

This fluctuation of oil prices should put oil producing countries into perspective, and more research and development should be done on alternative forms and renewable energy. Oil reserves are non-renewable and are being depleted at increasingly fast rates. Finding other forms of income to keep economies stable are imperative to developing nations. High rates of unemployment lead to increased crime rates and an increase in poverty. The price of crude oil affects everyone, individuals and nations alike, but the higher the price of a barrel, the better it is for growth and development of a country, which will trickle down to benefit its citizens.