Meaning: Financial products refer to instruments that help you save, invest, get insurance or get a mortgage. These are issued by various banks, financial institutions, stock brokerages, insurance providers, credit card agencies and government sponsored entities.
Definition: A financial product is a contract between two agents stipulating movements of cash now and in the future. A financial product has value, but it is not tangible.
Finance being about promises, it requires powers capable of enforcing them. This is why modern finance and modern money developed in parallel with the emergence, in western Europe, of powerful monarchies, which replaced feudality between 1000 and 1700. Continue reading “Financial Products: Back-To-School”
I always like to be bullish on things but you cannot avoid he ground realities and say bullish. The Europe’s politicians join a chorus of policy-makers across the globe pushing for devaluations to fight for market share we can expect currency conflicts.
The telegraph reported – “Jean-Claude Juncker, EuroGroup chief, has signaled that Europe is no longer willing to be the last economic player holding the toxic parcel of an over-valued exchange rate, describing the euro as “dangerously high” after its three-month surge against the dollar, yuan and yen. Continue reading “The Currency war is on”
This month McKinsey Quarterly published a standout paper on the regulatory squeeze of the European banks with the concluding remarks that the new rules will lower returns, but banks may be able to regain some lost ground.
The analysis was based on the 2010 financial-year data, assumes that the cumulative regulatory impact expected over the next several years will be realized immediately. The Basel III and new regional and national regulations will help reduce retail banking’s average return on equity (ROE) in Europe’s four largest markets to 6 percent, from about 10—a 41 percent decline.
Interesting to see that fall on ROE in four markets :- Continue reading “European Banks & The Regulatory squeeze”
The weekend was very important for the Europe mainly for the france as the Presidential Election is underway and Francois Hollande: 28.4% – with victory virtually assured in the runoff round on May 6, it is now Hollande’s election to lose, and Nicholas Sarkozy: 25.5% – make the runoff round.
It’s a big day tomorrow for the Indian markets as it’s the day of Akshaya Tritiya in India has been traditionally considered very auspicious for purchasing gold, silver, ornaments, precious stones, real estate and other long-term assets. It’s the occasion for traders,Broking houses,Banks and exchanges too who have increased their working hours for the day. Continue reading “France weekend, Indian Commodities for the week”