Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Private Financing of Public Infrastructure, A way For West Africa (UGBS Public Lecture)

You are all invited to a very important Public Lecture to be delivered on Oct. 25th @ UGBS by Prof John Macomber, Professor of Finance at Harvard business School.  


Africa and the world face three large trends:  rapid and massive urbanization; current and worsening resource scarcity; and the apparent inability of national governments to mobilize investment in urban infrastructure to get ahead of these problems.  At the same time, the world is awash in liquidity as trillions of dollars realize close to zero yield in the global capital markets.  How can thoughtful private investment and delivery of public infrastructure be attracted and channelled to address this “infrastructure paradox”?  This lecture provides an opportunity to discuss the broader opportunities available for private financing of public infrastructure, and then explore how these opportunities might be exploited and accomplished in western Africa.

Speaker profile

Professor John Macomber Lectures in Finance at the Harvard Business School, where his research and teaching focuses on exploring opportunities for private financing of public infrastructure in cities in the Global South.  He has undertaken field research in Latin America, Africa, and South Asia, and his sectors of interest include power, transportation, water/sanitation, and waste.   Prof. Macomber’s professional background is in construction and real estate before joining the HBS faculty.  He is a member of the Executive Committee of Harvard’s Center for African Studies.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

UT Bank remains the Driver of GSE Financial Stock Index

The GSE Composite index recovered from Tuesday's loss to close the midweek's trading at 1,773.77 points; 0.16 points higher than the previous closing. This brings the year-to-date yield to -11.09%

Price appreciatioin in UTB pushed the GSE financial stocks index to 1,682.66 points, up 1.16 points from 1,681.50 points. The year-to-date return on financials stocks is -12.82%.

0.04 million shares were exchanged for a sum GHS0.02 million. Compared to the previous, the trade volume and value declined by 94.48% and 58.00% respectively. UTB had the lion's share of the turnover, accounting for 50.42% of the traded volume. On the other hand, GCB was responsible for 58.00% of the traded value.

UTB gained GHS0.01 to close trading at GHS0.05. BOPP lost a pesewa to fall to a year-low of GHS2.42.

Courtesy: CAL Brokers Ltd.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

How to Trade in the Regular & Odd Lots Market

It's great most young investors are getting a chance to trade their own shares at the comfort of their homes or offices without heavily relying on stock brokers  (although there's still some amount of reliance).
In order to fully and easily trade on Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE), one must understand the necessary areas of the market and that brings me to the two kinds of markets - REGULAR and ODD LOTS Markets.

The Regular Market:
When trading on the exchange with the various trading platforms (e.g. iBroker trading platform ) you will come across "REG" & "ODL" .

REG: represents 'Regular market'. In this market you can only trade lots in 100s. Like 900, 500, 1000, 10,000 etc.

ODL: represents 'Odd Lots market'.In this market, you can only trade lots which are not in 100s. (Or better still let me say, lower than 100). Like 99, 45, 60, 75, etc.

How it works:
If you want to trade (buy or sell) 678 shares of any company, you will buy 600 shares in the Regular Market and then buy the remaining 78 shares from the Odd lots market (ODL) provided those number of shares are available on the various markets at the price you prefer.

Now you know. Keep investing.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Financing Your Investments Using Borrowed Money: Margin Trading on GSE

image credit: claytrader.com
I am still deeply concerned about the speed of growth of the Ghana Stock Exchange. Market players are blaming it on the low level of activities on the market because investors are few and hence ‘Ghanaians do not invest enough’.  The question then is, do the few investors we have, get the necessarily tools, options and systems to facilitate the investment process? In cases where investors want to buy more stocks but short of funds, what happens next? Is that the end?
That brings me to the concept of Buying Stocks on Margin. When are we reaching a point where we can buy stocks and other securities on margin? Every time I interact with my colleagues in the market, I hear the response that, it’s in the pipeline. Truly, this pipeline is really long.

What Does Buying on Margin Mean?
Simply put, it is borrowing part of the total purchase amount of a position using loan from a broker. Margin trading allows you to buy more shares from a listed company with the financial help from your broker than you can normally buy. With Margin trading on Ghana Stock Exchange, the market doesn’t only increase in activities but also gives brokerage firms a lot of opportunities to grow bigger. 
Investor who trades on Margin vrs one who does not:
Margin is a double edge sword. As much as margin trading of stocks can bring some good things into the market, so is the risk and let’s see how bad it is.

Here is an example:  Imagine Investor A & B has Ghc 50,000 each worth of stock in their brokerage accounts and this allows them a margin debt of Ghc 50,000 to buy extra stocks (let’s say in a company priced at Ghc 1 per). If Investor A takes the margin available and buys more stocks at the said price, he gets Ghc 100,000 worth of stocks whiles Investor B only has Ghc 50,000 in his / her account. If the share price appreciates to Ghc 2 (100% increase), Investor A will now be worth Ghc 200,000 whiles Investor B will be worth Ghc 100,000. In this case, Investor A can then pay his debt of Ghc 50,000 to his brokers leaving him / her Ghc 150,000 which is Ghc 50,000 more than Investor B who never took the margin available.
On the other side of the coin, when share price in the said company falls to 0.50p, (50% lower), Investor A will get a Margin Call from his brokers requesting him top up his account with more money. In this case, the investor does not only lose 50% of his initial portfolio value but also has a debt of Ghc 50,000 to pay.
It’s always good to take advantage of the money available from your brokers but you need to be aware you stand a chance of wiping out all your equity, leaving you broke or bankrupt.
The beauty of margin trading in the Ghanaian market is that, you cannot wake up over night and see prices of stocks deep so low as a result of any news as it happens on the advanced stock exchanges. Thus if you do your homework well enough, you stand a chance of making a lot more than you equity will allow you. This obviously can create a lot more activity on the Ghana Stock Exchange.

Monday, September 26, 2016

GSE Market Recap: CPC hits 0.02p (100% increase in price)

The stock market recorded its second sucessive win, following upward price changes in two stocks. The index climbed 7.79 points to close trading on at 1,782.91 points. The change implies a year-to-date return of -10.63%.

The GSE financial stocks index stayed flat as the market recorded no price changes in financial stocks.

The total of 2.79 million shares were exchanged for a value of GHS3.52 million. The figures recorded today compare favourably to the previous session as the trade volume and value were 18 folds and 6 folds respectively of the previous closing. GOIL led trading today with 93.88% and 99.14% of the traded volume and value respectively.

GOIL went up by GHS0.09 close to GHS1.25. CPC also gained a pesewa to close trading at GHS0.02. On the other other hand, BOPP and TOTAL recorded losses.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

GSE-Composite Index lost points, following losses on ALW

The GSE-Composite Index lost 0.32 points, following losses on ALW, to close at 1,814.28 points. The year-to-date yield is -9.07%.

On the other hand, GSE financial stock index saw gains, as price appreciation in EGH drove the index to 1,726.07 points, up 0.74 points from the previous session.

The volume traded today was 0.09 million shares, a 37.74% decrease from yesterday's volume of 0.14 million. The corresponding value traded was GHS0.38 million. GCB was the dominant equity, accounting for more than 80% of both the volume and value traded in today's session.

EGH gained marginally from GHS6.87 to GHS6.88. On the other hand, ALW lost GHS0.02 to close at GHS0.12

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Losses on 7 stocks halted 12-day winning streak on GSE

Losses on 7 stocks halted the 12-day winning streak of the GSE Composite Index. The index closed trading at 1,824.42 points, down 8.23 points, from 1,832.65 points. This brings the year-to-date return to -8.55%.

The GSE financial stocks index also declined by 4.02 points to close trading at 1,733.67 points.

UTB and FML dominated trading with 41.62% of the traded volume and 68.29% of the value traded respectively. 0.70 millions shares were exchanged for GHS2.83 million. The traded volume and value were 2 folds and 8 folds respectivley, compared to the previous session.

EGH was the only gainer. CAL, EGL, ETI, GOIL, PZC, SIC and TOTAL saw their share prices decline.
Courtesy: CBL.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

GCB recorded its 13th gain from start of the 3rd quarter on GSE

The GSE-Composite index closed mid-week's 1.99 points high, from 1,789.73 points to 1,791.72 points. The year-to-date currently stands at -10.19%.

The GSE financial stocks index closed at 1,686.52 points, up 2.87 points from 1,683.65 points.

A total volume of 0.15 million shares was traded for a sum of GHS0.03 million. The traded volume and value decline by 37.85% and 95.09% respectively. UTB and ETI were the dominant equities, accounting for 49.33% and 34.05% of traded volume and traded value respectively.

ALW bounced back from a GHS0.02 loss on Tuesday to close trading at GHS0.14. GCB recorded its 13th gain from start of the thrid quarter this year to date, to close trading at GHS3.34. PBC and UTB saw their share prices decline.


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