Damian Wood

As an experienced trader, I work for myself managing my own small portfolio and also contributing on several investment news sites. I mix my passion for the industry and journalism to bring my readers informative and trustworthy articles.

Latest Articles by Damian Wood

Market outlook: best-performing commodities in recent times

The latest commodities market outlook from World Bank shows that energy stocks took a hit in November dropping 3.7%. Other commodities, however, jumped 0.9%, with precious metals recording the highest growth margin of 19.4%. To put all that into perspective,...

Japan could soon issue 50-year state bonds

Plans are underway for Japan policymakers to issue a 50-year bond as a means of setting a floor under the long-interest rates. Selling bonds of this nature would allow the government to curb long term funding while giving higher returns...

Elections and Brexit weigh down UK real estate market

Property listings in the UK this year have seen the biggest fall ever since 2009, with analysts blaming it on the upcoming election and Brexit, according to a survey published on Monday. According to property website, Rightmove, in the last...

Investor-backed green bonds may not be that green after all

A quick one for – would you be comfortable investing in green bonds knowing too well that the proceeds would not be used on green projects? Well, research shows that many bonds associated with responsible investments can’t actually stand rigorous...

Hong Kong violence rattles investors, stocks drop

Last Monday shares around the world dipped as a result of the rising violence in one of South Asia’s vibrant economies, Hong Kong. The tension in the region has been pressuring Asian stocks, with Monday marking one of the worst...

Expert Predictions for the 2020 real estate outlook

The 2019 US housing market has largely been characterized by low supply and high demand, especially for the lower-priced houses. But should we expect the same next year? Industry experts say, yes and no. Forbes recently spoke to mortgage, real...

Commodities could be hit – Corteva

Last month Corteva hinted at a possible hit in demand for grains and oilseeds due to delays in planting soybean in China, Brazil, and other emerging producers, causing an 8% drop in its stocks.  Dry weather has been persistent in...

SmileDirectClub stock tanks after releasing its earnings report

SmileDirectClub’s shares tanked by as much as 20% on Wednesday in midday trading after the company released its first quarterly report since floating its shares in September. According to the quarterly report released by the company which deals in teeth...

Should you replace bonds with gold?

The World Gold Council (WGC) recently published a new Investment Update titled ‘It may be time to replace bonds with gold.’ But is it? The WGC report said that investors are now operating in the market with flat to inverted...

Blenheim Capital Management founder calling it a day after 50 years

Commodities hedge fund titan Blenheim Capital Management is being wound down after 30 years of service. Blenheim, once the largest commodities fund worldwide, is closing shop after its founder Willem Kooyker decided to retire from a business that earned him...

Are IPO investments a sure way to lose all your money?

It’s almost certain that most brands you know today by name will be phased out a few years from now. Oil companies are likely to be replaced by solar energy ones, consultancy businesses such as accounting and marketing will be...

Aramco IPO to finance the world’s most ambitious project

Picture this – Waking up in a high-rise penthouse facing the Red Sea, with a giant artificial moon that live-streams images from outer space hanging from up. If you need to head somewhere, you order for an automated flying taxi...

Team Viewer profits up 95% after IPO

TeamViewer TMV.DE, a German-based software company that recently went public on Monday reported an almost double profit figure as well as growth in its margins in the third quarter of this year. The tech company’s initial public offering is so...

WeWork, Uber and other investments burn Softbank’s $9 billion

Softbank’s Wednesday report for its third-quarter revealed an operating loss of 970.3 billion yen ($8.9 billion) on its mega tech funds such as the Vision Fund. Reports indicate that Masayoshi Son, CEO of Softbank is losing billions on some of...

Real estate platform Immo raises €11 million in Series A funding

Immo Investment Technologies, a real estate fintech company that buys properties on behalf of buy-to-let investors has just closed an €11-million Series A funding.  The round was backed by HV Holtzbrinck Ventures and Talis Capital, alongside Mato Peric, Tom Stafford...

India’s RailTel Corporation begins its IPO process

Indian government-owned broadband and VPN services enterprise RailTel is planning to issue an Initial Public Offering that is aimed at raising Rs 300 crore (($42 million). The government wishes to cede a 25% stake in the company in exchange for...

China set to plough up to $10 billion in Saudi Aramco’s IPO

Chinese government companies are considering investing up to $10 billion in Aramco’s IPO, following Saudi Arabia’s call for friendly nations to participate in the mega IPO that targets to raise up to $45 billion. Beijing-based Silk Road Fund is said...

Uber stock dips 37% below IPO price

Uber stock fell about 9% today, add that to yesterday’s loss and the total drop comes to about 37% from its $45 IPO price. The online taxi company also underwent a market cap loss from about $79 billion in June...

Gold prices finally jump after a massive fall

Gold investors finally received some good news on Wednesday when the price of the metal jumped after Tuesday’s sharp loss. International markets reflected a 0.2% rise per ounce to $1486.53 after a 1.7% slump in the previous session, the single...

No more easy money: SoftBank tightens its reigns

It’s been a busy year for the Japanese conglomerate bank, SoftBank. From raising their Vision Fund to investing in several startups, then more recently, bailing out the near-collapse space renting company, WeWork. SoftBank has been heavily investing in WeWork, but...

All set for Burger King India to go public in 2020

New Delhi’s fast food restaurant Burger King India has filed its Initial Public Offering prospectus. The restaurant is planning to offload up to Rs 400 crore ($56.6 million) of new shares in the listing. The quick food service company is...

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