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Update on The Markets with Davide Chiantore

Recent weeks have seen some major rebounds in equity markets, especially in certain sectors such as US tech. This suggests that optimism is slowly returning among investors. Therefore, it could be cautiously thought that a period of stability is coming about, with a potential recovery phase ahead, at least in the short- to medium-term. A realignment of prices is being […]

Market Updates with Davide Chiantore

Last week the European Central Bank surprisingly raised rates by 50 basis-points. This is a higher increase than expected, but the market did not react particularly badly. The strong balance sheets that multinationals are presenting, in terms of revenue growth, turnover and profits, will help to offset the rate hike that the ECB is going to aggressively pursue. As far […]

Update on the Markets

In recent weeks inflation indices have reached new heights, an example of which in the US is the year-on-year CPI that has hit 9.1%. This indicates that Central Banks will tend to be more aggressive in raising rates in the near future. A slowdown in economic growth in the coming years could be brought on by a reduction in yields […]

Covid’s effects on Markets

The weak market scenario which is currently being experienced can be highly impacted with the rise in Covid cases. At present, the great fear is that the Chinese government may impose an extended lockdown again which would have a negative impact on production, right at a time when there has been an easing in the shortage of industrial components. With […]

Riccardo Teodori on Biblical Plagues

Sickness, war and famine are three of the ten plagues in the Bible’s Exodus. In less than two years, the whole world has had to come to terms with these three phenomena. These kinds of events, unfortunately, are part of the natural cyclical nature of humanity. From the writing of the Bible’s Exodus until today, there are two factors that […]

Weekly update on the Markets

After the intervention of the ECB and Christine Lagarde, markets were calmed down by the announcement of a plan to contain spreads in Europe. We saw a rise in bond prices and a fall in yields, especially on the European government side. This is expected to continue especially on the dollar portion of bond issues, as expectations of rate hikes […]

Weekly report on the Markets

Recent weeks have seen a relatively strong trend in the markets, which could eventually lead to a stabilization. The reason for which lies in the fact that fears of a slowdown in economic growth can cause falling inflation. This situation could actually encourage Central Banks to take a less aggressive stance because they prioritize keeping inflation low while being attentive […]

Davide Chiantore on Financial Maturity

In a world where inflation and rates are rising, the speed of depreciation is much higher than one might imagine. It is very important, therefore, to be able to give returns on capital in order to avoid having a considerable loss of value on investments on a national level. The rise in rates by the Central Banks, moreover, facilitates the […]

Davide Chiantore on the European Bond Market

Recently there has been a very delicate situation going on in the European Bond markets. As the ECB was unable to communicate its monetary policy choices elegantly and clearly to the market in a recent unsuccessful meeting, investors and the public at large were left feeling insecure and confused. This led to an explosion of yields on government bonds, particularly […]

Weekly Update: Davide Chiantore on the Markets in China

As the elections in China approach, there are thought to be interesting investment opportunities throughout South-East Asia. This is because the Chinese government will tend to ease the tight restrictions that have been in place in recent months precisely to try to arrive at the elections in a more calm and peaceful climate. Interesting opportunities can be seen in both […]

Weekly report: Davide Chiantore on Cryptocurrencies

Davide Chiantore – Abalone Solitaire Cryptocurrencies have been a much-debated topic in recent months and years. This type of asset has become very popular among investors, especially those of younger generation. Digital currencies are relatively speculative assets which can be divided into two main categories: those with a more stable and historical record, such as Bitcoin, and the more recent […]

Roberto Colapinto tells the Entrepreneurship story of Abalone Group

Roberto Colapinto – Founder of Abalone Group I started my career back in 1998 in London with the Americans of Stationery Bank from Boston. I was in London for two years and then I was asked to move to Zurich to help setting up the Swiss banking entity, the street still today runs in Zurich. Seeing a bank created from […]

Davide Chiantore on the Ukrainian grain crisis and the rise of Inflation

The long-lasting war between Russia and Ukraine shows no sign of ending, the more time passes, the more we see a continuous evolution on the war scenario. The latest weapon that has entered the field in this latest phase is that of wheat and, more generally, foodstuffs such as sunflower oil and soya, which are produced in Ukraine. Russia at […]

Davide Vicini introduces Abalone Venture Partners

The establishment of Abalone Venture Partners came out of the need and opportunity to invest in the shares of companies before they are listed, while ensuring that the selected companies are well-known, well-established and have strong potential. The strength of Abalone Venture Partners is its access to extraordinary investment opportunities. As has been the case in the recent past, ABVP […]

Davide Chiantore on Cryptocurrencies

The cryptocurrency sector is particularly susceptible to the central bank and interbank interest rate movements, this is because they are on the outer edge of all that is a core investment, so both bonds and equities are considered a relatively aggressive asset, so their sensitivity and volatility is very high both geopolitical risks, financial risks, and especially rates.  In recent years, […]

Interview to Edoardo Grigione at the “Salone del Risparmio”

Edoardo Grigione – Abalone Asset Management Ltd Abalone has introduced its business into the Italian market with the launch of the Abalone Asset Management’s branch in Milan at 15 Corso Vittorio Emanuele. The opening coincides with the re-opening of the “Salone del Risparmio”, a major event in the space of Italian networking happenings dedicated to the finance industry. Abalone is […]

Davide Chiantore on Market Trends, Conflicts and Renewables

Davide Chiantore – Abalone Solitaire Since the beginning of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine to date, the situation has been deteriorating and there seems to be no chance of a peace agreement, at least in the short term. This situation of fear is creating a certain amount of apprehension among investors in Europe and beyond, and so there have […]

Interview with Riccardo Teodori, Chairman of Abalone Asset Management

We find ourselves here today with Abalone Asset Management proudly sponsoring this wonderful event organized by Integrae SIM. It is an event that gives us the opportunity to once again meet our colleagues and friends face-to-face after two years spent communicating almost exclusively through technological platforms. These platforms have been of enormous help during this pandemic, but they have also […]

Luxembourg, European Hub for Securization and Digital Investment Funds

Milo Guastamacchia is the engineer in charge of leading the design and implementation of financial solutions at Abalone Services in Malta, a company that is part of the Abalone Group, a pan-European financial services entity. At Abalone Services Milo is responsible for interacting with project promoters that typically require the structuring of financial vehicles, be it investment funds or other, […]

Abalone Solitaire creates the new Actively Managed Certificates on Cryptocurrencies

The universe of cryptocurrencies meets traditional finance thanks to Actively Managed Certificates (AMC). Abalone Solitaire, a Swiss company of the Abalone Group, has created the new AMCs dedicated to the Crypto world, alternative actively managed financial products, with which it is able to provide exposure to up to 82% of the entire Crypto universe while guaranteeing stability and performance. The […]

Low rates: cocaine in the Economy

e are in Lugano, on a cold January afternoon. I am talking to a friend of mine, a forty years old gentleman who after many vicissitudes around the world has decided to settle permanently in this corner of Switzerland because, as he says, he wants “to put some order to his life and possibly get a family”.

Pan di stelle, Nutella Biscuits and Swine fever

THE BISCUIT WAR For some days now in Italy there has been a great rumour of the war that has broken out between Barilla and Ferreo. The first one in January launched on the market the “Pan di Stelle Spreadable Cream”, launching a frontal attack on the multinational company of Alba that has dominated the sector for 55 years with […]

Support “Mission of Love” – A message from the chairman

I was up at night thinking I must post a Christmas greeting from Mission of Love but at 3am I started getting news that it was not a happy Christmas for the Ati of Boracay this morning as a typhoon has badly damaged many of their homes and one of the grandfathers of the tribe has been injured and had […]

Chaplin, Einstein and the GDP

When Charlie Chaplin and Albert Einstein met, Einstein said: “What I most admire about your art is its universality. Don’t say a word, but nevertheless the whole world understands you.

The chain reaction

In the late afternoon of December 2, 1942, James Conant, chairman of the National Defense Research Committee, received a phone call from the famous American physicist Arthur Holly Compton.

The Swiss Franc can only be strenghtened

And here we are again, for the third consecutive month, talking about the BTP Methuselah. The sensational race of the entire bond sector seems to be over and the driving effect on long duration fixed rate bonds is unstoppable.

The penalty with empty door

Since the 1950s (particularly after the 1951 Agreement was signed which gave the FED the opportunity to implement counter-cyclical policies) this is one of the first things investors and young traders learned as they debuted on the Wall Street floor.

Italian on holiday

During a sultry spring afternoon, an Italian gentleman enters a bank in New York and asks to speak with the employee in charge of the loans. He explains to the official that he has to go to Italy for two weeks to find his family of origin and needs a loan of 5,000 dollars.

The Taurus, dreams and passive strategies

The Charging Bull in New York, the bronze statue of the sculptor Arturo Di Modica depicting a bull in charge, has become in a few years one of the most famous symbols of world capitalism, a true international icon of finance, visited and photographed almost as much as the Statue of Liberty.

The digital age of Wealth Management

Millennials are identified as those born between the 1980s and the new millennium. This generation is challenging the traditional way in which financial services are delivered.

Technology invades compliane with Regtech

Lately, particularly after the financial crisis, the financial sector has witnessed an increase in regulatory requirements, both in terms of restriction and disclosure.

The helicopter money

The so-called ‘helicopter money’ policy has been recently refused in Japan, nevertheless it is receiving more consideration than in the past in developed countries, e.g. the United States and European countries.

Abalone launches the first notified AIF ever

Today, the 21st of July 2016, the very first Notified Alternative Investment Fund (NAIF) has been launched in Malta by Abalone Asset Management, which gains the primacy for structuring this innovative type of fund. Abalone and its team is indeed very proud to announce the launch of Ventura SICAV, whose notification process has ended successfully with the MFSA registering the […]

Esma advises on extension of funds passport

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published on the 19th of July its Advice for the European Parliament, Commission and Council consideration in relation to the application of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) passport to non-EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFMs) and Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) in twelve countries. Non-EU AIFMs and AIFs could thus be granted the […]

Malta, The future of Alternative Funds

With the coming into force of the new NAIF structure (Notified Alternative Investment Fund), Malta puts itself under the spotlight as a financial centre dynamic and responsive to the rising European trends.

Redemptions denied

Several UK property funds has recently halted redemptions from clients, following a peak of requests. ‘Exceptional market circumstances’ are brought forward as reason for the halt in trading, uneasy decision taken in order to avoid huge losses that would occur if investors’ cash appetite was to be immediately satisfied with on-the-spot sale of the funds’ assets, something not possible in the real […]

The Tech Gap

69% of High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs) use online banking. 47% of HNWIs not using robo-services would consider them for the future. This is to say how the tech appetite is remarkable in the segment, which might be an alarm for the wealth and more generally asset management business. Indeed, according to a new survey from the CFA Institute, asset […]

Brexit on UCITS Funds

There is no doubt on the potential negative effect ‘Brexit’ may have on the UK asset management industry. But how much would this separation be painful? Concerns are related, among the many issues, to the UCITS funds. These european-level regulated funds can hold a passport licence enabling them to do business throughout the Union, provided that they are domiciled and […]