December 2018

How Alibaba turned a fake holiday into a $25 billion shopping extravaganza

China has their own Google, even their own internet. So, Alibaba figured they should have their own holiday too. They dubbed it Single’s Day, a festive occasion to celebrate yourself by buying nice things … for yourself. In Chinese, the direct translation for Single’s Day is ‘bare sticks’. It refers to unmarried men who in China are sometimes described as ‘bare branches’ because they’re not adding any branches to the family tree.

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Online-only Insuretech ZhongAn Insurance

ZhongAn Insurance (HK:6060) is the first online-only Insurance technology company in China, which was established by Jack Ma from
Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA), Pony Ma from Tencent (HK:0700) and Mingzhe Ma from Ping An Insurance (SHA:601318). Total income in 2017 was 5,583 million RMB (roughly 810 million USD) and increased by about 65%.

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The World’s Dullest Sector Is Hitting New Highs

Yep, we’re talking about real-estate investment trusts (REITs). These companies own shopping centers, apartment buildings and warehouses… things that many clients would shrug at rather than trade. They were so dull that no one even thought to give them their own sector until a few years ago.

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Why the US remains the most coveted market

That said, the bulk of US revenues come from non-American markets. They’re multinationals, so up to 43% of their profits are earned in foreign lands, according to stats in 2016. Also, a good number of companies listed in 
US exchanges are global. This means both in the literal and metaphorical sense, adding US shares to your portfolio offers instant diversification benefits. In these discussions, US investment is often pitted against China.

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Is This Nasdaq Stock Revving Higher?

Tesla Motors (TSLA) has traded in a tight range since late October, even as volatility swept the broader market. Some potentially important things have happened during that time, including a so-called “golden cross” chart pattern.

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