China International Bond Investor Forum 2017 Notes

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I attended the China International Bond Investor Forum on October 26th, 2017 in Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong, and despite its remote location, was suprised it was so lightly attended (maybe 50 total, with over half the seats empty) given the size and importance of the Chinese bond market.  The main takeaways include: The China bond […]

Tariq Dennison teaches 1-day repo workshop to professional bond traders in Manila, Philippines on October 24th, 2017

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On October 24th, 2017, GFM’s Tariq Dennison presented an intensive 1-day repo workshop to over 60 professional bond traders in Manila, Philippines, with the goal of developing an active and liquid repo market for local Philippine peso bonds. “Repo” is short for “sale and repurchase agreement”, and is the main way banks and funds finance […]

An Initial Coin Offering (ICO) that promises to wrap traditional assets as Ethereum blockchain tokens.

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I am often asked what I think about “investing” in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin or ethereum, and more recently about initial coin offerings (ICOs).  Just as I say one does not “invest in a currency” (you can either speculate that a currency will rise or fall in value, or convert money into the currency to buy […]

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23 Useful London Listed ETFs for non-UK investors

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London listed ETFs and Frankfurt listed ETFs together form the world’s second largest and most diverse ETF market after the US.  For non-US taxpayer investors, Frankfurt and London listed ETFs may provide tax advantages in accessing the US market, as well as access to asset classes even the US ETF market does not yet cover, […]

Japan Listed ETF Useful List – 7 Tokyo Exchange Traded Funds Worth Considering By Foreign Investors

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I find it important to look at exchange traded funds (“ETF”) as a benchmark for what investments in stocks, bonds, or real estate investment trusts (REITs) could be doing as a “fire and forget” trade to track a broad benchmark index with minimal transactional and ongoing costs.  The US remains by far the largest, most […]

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Three Ways Free Financial Advice Ends Up Costing More

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Some free advice is worth every penny you pay for it, but free financial advice (like free medical or legal advice) often ends up costing more than most fees. Clearly, I don’t believe all free financial advice is bad, as I often share it myself in at least two ways: A. When the advice is […]

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World’s Largest Insurance Companies – Top 146 Listed Insurers by Assets

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Here is list of the world’s largest insurance companies by assets as of 2017 is based on data from public filings on the major stock exchanges we currently have access to. Earlier posts listed 35 large life and health insurers by market cap, and explained how a large percentage of Asian insurers’ assets and profits […]

Largest Listed Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) – Top 400 by Assets as of 2017

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This is list of the world’s largest real estate investment trusts (REITs) by assets as of 2017 is based on data from public filings on the major stock exchanges we currently have access to. REITs are one of our favorite topics and sectors, and this site contains many posts listing the largest in Japan (J-REITs), the […]

Biggest Banks by Assets – Top 125 Listed Banks as of 2017

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This updated reference list of the world’s biggest banks by assets as of 2017 is based on data from banks listed on major stock exchanges where we can easily trade, with links to balance sheet data on Yahoo finance: