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China Stocks Investing: New Cold War and Bond Defaults

In this post, we continue to discuss themes to understand before investing in Chinese stocks in the 2020s. Investing Amidst the U.S. China Cold War If the current trajectory continues (steady growth at 6% per year) while the Chinese economy continues to decouple from the U.S., there may end up being positive

Distressed Debt Overview

Introduction to Distressed Debt Similar to all other aspects of finance and investing, distressed debt investing means higher risk and higher reward. Distressed debt is in itself a very unique asset class that falls under the jurisdiction of alternative asset managers – primarily hedge funds. Although debt markets are very large

Why Investment Bankers Are Bad Investors

Friendly Neighbourhood Investment Banker Not A Stock Picker Seems counterintuitive right? People who literally look at stocks all day and tell corporates how to take on corporate actions (such as mergers & acquisitions, dividend hikes and share repurchases, and play Nostradamus on how the market will respond to things in glossy

The Sky Is Falling

The stock market has fallen a lot and people are worried about all of the news items that have been popping up. Is the 9 year bull market over? The news items are scary - here are a few to summarize in case you get asked why markets are falling for

High Yield Bond Characteristics

High yield bonds are a major financing vehicle for many corporates. After introducing the high yield bond market in the previous post, we will discuss major characteristics of these bonds here. What matters to bondholders? Coupon, maturity, optionality, security, purpose, relative value - the other factors will all inform the ultimate

Introduction to Green Bonds

Debt Capital Markets - What is a Green Bond? Green bonds are debt securities that use the proceeds to fund sustainable and environmental-friendly projects. Given today's investor focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors - whether for political reasons or other ethical considerations, green bonds can be very attractive bond issuances

Responsible Investing Primer

What is Responsible Investing? Responsible investing ("RI") integrates environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment processes and decision making. Responsible investing is currently estimated at over $20 trillion in AUM or around a quarter of all professionally managed assets around the world (Forbes). In the social media age, stakeholders both shareholders

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