Saturday, October 29, 2016


First Insider Monkey on low value currencies when compared with the US dollar

  1. Iran Rial
  2. Vietnamese Dong
  3. Belarusian Ruble
  4. Indonesian Rupiah
  5. Lao Kip
  6. Zambian Kwacha
  7. Columbian Peso
  8. Tanzanian Shilling
  9. Lebanese Pound
  10. Iraq Dinar
Other currencies featuring just below this list also/or appearing in British pound comparison in The Telegraph

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Currencies are choppy

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It's true that Touched By The Son is all about knowledge but it's more often about knowledge the blogger is learning on the hop. There is something to be said for learning from experts but reverie and whimsy also play their part.

So it is that I wasn't aware of how many currencies there were or that Zimbabwe uses the US dollar.

(and before we go any further, I couldn't fit in the last post but Sydney Futures Exchange has been subsumed by the ASX)

The most valuable currencies according to Profit Confidential are

  1. Kuwaiti Dinar
  2. Bahraini Dinar
  3. Omani Rial
  4. British Pound
  5. Euro
  6. Swiss Franc 
  7. Libyan Dinar
  8. Bruneian Dollar
  9. Singapore Dollar
  10. Australian Dollar

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Future(s) Exchanges

The largest

  1. CME Group
  2. Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)
  3. Eurex
  4. National Stock Exchange (NSE)
  5. BM&FBovespa
  6. Moscow Exchange
  7. CBOE Holdings
  8. Nasdaq OMX
  9. Shanghai Futures Exchange
  10. Dalian Commodity Exchange
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Friday, October 21, 2016


Commodities include everything from zircons to zucchinis but also such seemingly ephemeral stock as Zurich Insurance.

There are some 85 commodities markets. Australia (Oceania) has two: ASX and ABX Global, based in Brisbane and dealing in precious metals

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Futures so bright

Investopedia provide the following definition
Futures are financial contracts obligating the buyer to purchase an asset or the seller to sell an asset, such as a physical commodity or a financial instrument, at a predetermined future date and price.

BarChart list the 'most active Futures (Ranks futures contracts by the highest Daily Contract Volume)'

S&P 500 E-MiniESZ16 (Dec '16)2,127.00+0.75+0.04%1,834,48810/14/16
10-Year T-NoteZNZ16 (Dec '16)129-265-0-115-0.28%1,190,38210/14/16
5-Year T-NoteZFZ16 (Dec '16)120-265-0-035-0.09%590,58410/14/16
Crude Oil WTICLX16 (Nov '16)50.32-0.12-0.24%495,64210/14/16
Crude Oil WTICLZ16 (Dec '16)50.74-0.11-0.22%335,83810/14/16
T-BondZBZ16 (Dec '16)163-04-1-27-1.12%293,94410/14/16

2-Year T-NoteZTZ16 (Dec '16)109-012+0-002+0.01%262,37210/14/16
CornZCZ16 (Dec '16)354-2+4-6+1.36%260,82810/14/16
EurodollarGEZ16 (Dec '16)99.0650+0.0050+0.01%250,50810/14/16
Nasdaq 100 E-MiniNQZ16 (Dec '16)4,804.25+8.25+0.17%234,80310/14/16

Today's performance leaders (Tuesday 18 October 2016)

Live Cattle+1.59%
Feeder Cattle
Natural Gas
New Zealand Dollar
Crude Oil Brent
ULSD NY Harbor
Mexican Peso
Soybean meal

Monday, October 17, 2016

A Bit Derivative

Derivatives take their value from actual performance, as I can gather. eFinancialNews gives us the best derivatives trading platforms

CME Europe
ICE Futures Europe
London Metal Exchange

Global Finance Magazine lists some familiar names when detailing best derivatives providers.

Goldman Sachs
Deutsche Bank
Credit Suisse
Morgan Stanley
Macquarie Group
BNP Paribas
Standard Chartered
NYSE Euronext

A derivative is defined as
an arrangement or product (such as a future, option, or warrant) whose value derives from and is dependent on the value of an underlying asset, such as a commodity, currency, or security.
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Monday, October 10, 2016

Debentures where we sat

To read Australian Securities and Investments Commission site, debentures are a risky proposition. There's an Accounting Management blog that categorises them in similar fashion to other forms of investment yet the emphasis on unsecured and the like, and talk of a pecking order in debentures that get paid (not to mention non-redeemable debentures that only get paid when the company goes into liquidation!)  hardly warms me to them.

eFinance Management tells us  'The debenture classification is based on their tenure, redemption, mode of redemption, convertibility, security, transferability, type of interest rate, coupon rate, etc.'

Redeemable Debentures
Irredeemable (Perpetual) Debentures

Convertible and Non-Convertible Debentures
Fully and Partly Convertible Debentures

Secured (Mortgage) Debentures
Unsecured (Naked) Debentures
First Mortgage Debentures
Second Mortgage Debentures

Registered Debentures
Unregistered (Bearer) Debentures

Fixed Rate Debentures
Floating Rate Debentures

Zero Coupon Debentures
Specific Rate Debentures
Secured Premium Notes/Debentures

Callable Debentures/Bonds
Puttable Debentures/Bonds

Perhaps there's not that much difference, though the focus is on 'debt instruments'

Friday, October 07, 2016

In Securities

Equity Securities
  Depositary Receipts (HDRs)
  Equity Warrants
  Debt Securities
  Investment Companies
  Unit Trusts/Mutual Funds
            Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)
            Leveraged and Inverse Products (L&I Products)
            Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
            Other Unit Trusts/Mutual Funds
  Structured Products
           Derivative Warrants (DWs)
           Callable Bull/Bear Contracts (CBBCs)
  Trading Only Securities

I want Securities

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Thursday, October 06, 2016

Salaried all about it

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Salary package (approx. millions)
Tim Cook$378m
David Simon$137m
Eric Schmidt[est. worth $8.2b]
Larry Ellison$96m
Leslie Moonves$68m
Ronald B. Johnson$53m
Eduardo Cue$53m
David Zaslav$52m
Mark Hurd$51m
Safra Catz$51m

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Private funds on Parade

Mutual Funds

Private Funds

Monday, October 03, 2016

Mutually Assured Deductions

The principle mutual funds consist of iterations of Vanguard, Fidelity, iShares and American Funds with appearances by Goldman, JPMorgan and PIMCO

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