Here are some interesting things you may have missed in the equity, commodity, currency and bond markets

1. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index is up 34% over the past year.
2. Tencent Holdings (the owner of WeChat – the WhatsApp equivalent in China and several other things) is up 116% over the last year. It is currently worth over $550 billion and is most valuable social media company (bigger than Facebook).
3. Ping An Insurance (Ping An Insurance Group Company of China Ltd) is now the world’s largest and most valuable insurance company. Its stock is up 110% over the year.
4. Apple trades at a P/E ratio of around 18. Samsung at around 9.
5. Greece 2-year bond yields are now 1.44%, that is down 6.66% over the year. It’s 10-year bond yields are down 77bps just over the past week.
6. The Euro is now up almost 16% over the past year against the US dollar.
7. The Dollar index is now down over 11.25% over the past year. The US Dollar Index (DXY) is an index of the value of the United States dollar relative to a basket of foreign currencies, often referred to as a basket of US trade partners’ currencies.
8. The Nasdaq index is up 29% over the past year. Up 8.2% over the past month.
9. The MSE (Mongolia) Top 20 is up 60% over the past year.
10. The Nikkei Volatility Index (Japan) is up 64% over the past year. On the other hand, the S&P 500 VIX is up 25% over the past year.
11. Cocoa prices are up 28% over the past month.
12. Cobalt prices are up 62% over the past year.
13. Apple Music now has 38 million paid subscribers. Spotify (which is doing a direct public listing shortly) has 71 million paid subscribers.
14. Tesla is worth $55 billion, more than Ford ($42 billion) or General Motors ($53 billion). Both Ford and GM sell 20 times more vehicles than Tesla and are profitable.
15. Danish Banks are offering 30-year fixes on mortgages at an interest of 1.5% annually. Swiss Banks are offering 10-year fixes at 1.5%. US Banks are offering a 10-year fixes at around 4.25% and 30-year fixes at around 4.5%
16. Official Greece Inflation rate is running between 0.2% – 0.4% in 2018 so far.

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