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The S&P 500 broke through to all-time highs early last year and has since been on a charge. So does that mean it’s expensive, or is there still a lot of upside potential?
Of course it’s impossible to say for sure, but there are some tools available which can give us a half-decent idea. One of the most popular of these tools is CAPE, the cyclically adjusted PE ratio made popular by Robert Shiller, which compares the price today to average inflation adjusted earnings over the past decade.
The strength of the euro over the past year and a half has mostly proved to be a surprise to most traders. In this article I will look at technical analyses of how we got here, and to where we might be going next, by examining the EUR/USD and EUR/JPY.
Back in 2011, the constant stream of bad news and fear emanating from the eurozone caused the single currency to plummet, with many pundits forecasting that the euro would soon reach parity with the US dollar. As so often happens in speculative financial markets, the actual course of events was exactly opposite to what was anticipated by conventional wisdom.
Tracking and security products developer Starcom (STAR), which floated on AIM in February 2013, has been selling its WatchLock padlock for a couple of years but with the backing of global locks supplier Assa Abloy the sales could grow even faster.
Assa Abloy is about to start selling the WatchLock in the UK and in April it will be launched in the US to be followed by roll-outs in other countries. The WatchLock will be sold under the Assa Abloy, Mul-T-Lock and Yale brands.
As equity markets press on to record highs, we are seeing an increase in the number of companies looking to list their shares on open markets. Are they likely to be worth investing in?
Last year saw the highly-publicised flotation of Royal Mail (RMG), and white goods retailer AO.comrecently joined the market as AO World (AO.). Now a number of retailers are moving along the road to becoming publicly listed.
Small company finance provider 1PM (OPM) has come a long way in the past few years. The company has achieved a turnaround by increasing lending at the same time as minimising bad debts. 1PM has also attracted the backing of a major financial institution.
Small businesses are finding it difficult to gain finance from high street banks and 1PM is well placed to take advantage. It has been able to attract funding that has allowed the lending portfolio to grow.