Money Matters: Firstline Securities Blog

Getting Ready for the New Impairment Requirements – Part 2 of 3

9 August 2017

               A Firstline Securities Limited Blog by: Mike    

Introduction

In the first of this three-part series of blog entries on impairment and the new IFRS 9 we laid the groundwork and introduced the reader to the intricacies of the new standard. In this blog entry, we expand by looking at a worked example.

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Getting Ready for the New Impairment Requirements – Part 1 of 3

7 August 2017

A Firstline Securities Limited Blog by: Mike

Introduction

IFRS 9 Financial Instruments fundamentally rewrites the accounting rules for financial instruments, introduces a new approach for financial asset classification, and (beyond the scope of these blog entries) major new requirements for hedge accounting.

Effective from 1st January 2018, businesses need to start to evaluate the impact of this new standard now. Businesses should start compiling the information necessary to implement the standards, and if applicable to the nature of the business they run, review loan covenants and agreements, because these could have an impact on the financial statements of the business from the implementation date. Read more…

Do Sovereign Credit Ratings Really Matter?

31 July 2017

A FIRSTLINE SECURITIES LIMITED BLOG BY: MIKE

As the dust settles on the recent sovereign downgrades of Trinidad and Tobago and the Minister of Finance’s vexation levels recede, we take a look at the wider issue of sovereign downgrades. Are we alone and does it matter?

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5 Tips for Surviving the Recession!

17 July 2017

A Firstline Securities Limited blog by: Damien Gill

There is a saying that goes “with no positivity, there is no hope; with no negativity, there is no improvement.” The financial hardships that we as Trinbagonians are currently facing may hint at better things to come in the future. For too long, successive governments have relied on oil, a finite commodity subject to external price shocks, to generate income and GDP.  Several calls for diversification from economists and citizens alike for what feels like decades now, have fallen on deaf ears. The time may now come where we can finally see this idea come to fruition. The fact remains, however, that at least for the short and medium term we will be faced with a downturn in the economic fortunes of this wonderful twin island.

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The TTNGL’s Additional Public Offering: June 5th – June 28th, 2017 (4:00 p.m.)

5 June 2017

Following the Government of Trinidad and Tobago’s announcement by the Honourable Minister of Finance, Colm Imbert, on October 17th 2016, in his budget statement that it intends to further divest some of its ownership in TTNGL, the company has officially launched an Additional Public Offering (APO) this Monday, June 5th, 2017. Read more…

Firstline Team Wins the Lotto Jackpot!

31 May 2017

A Firstline Securities Limited Blog by: Dalia King

We only wish! Every time the National Lotteries Control Board tantalises us with multi-million dollar jackpots, we get to thinking, planning and organising…for when we strike it rich.

We asked our Firstline compadres what they would do if they won just $2 million in Lotto (we didn’t want to get people overheated with excitement, thinking about a larger jackpot than that). There were a lot of similarities in the answers and of course, the majority of us said we’d have the Firstline Portfolio Management Team structure a sweet investment portfolio for our retirement needs.  As we do.

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The 2017 Mid-Year Budget Review – Part Three

29 May 2017

A Firstline Securities Limited Blog by: Mike

On the 10th May 2017 Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Finance, Colm Imbert, presented his 2017 Mid-Year Budget Review. In this third blog entry in a series of three we discuss the issues that appear to have dropped off the Minister of Finance’s radar as they were not mentioned in the 2017 Budget Review.

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The 2017 Mid-Year Budget Review – Part Two

26 May 2017

A Firstline Securities Limited Blog by: Mike

On the 10th May 2017 Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Finance, Colm Imbert, presented his 2017 Mid-Year Budget Review. In this second blog entry, in a series of three, we continue to explore the main contents of that presentation and the implications for the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.

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The 2017 Mid-Year Budget Review – Part One

25 May 2017

A Firstline Securities Limited Blog by: Mike

On the 10th May 2017 the Minister of Finance of Trinidad and Tobago, Colm Imbert, presented his 2017 Mid-Year Budget Review. In this blog entry, and in the subsequent two blogs, we explore the main contents of that presentation and the implications of the review for the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.

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THE BLACKLISTED…AND THE BACKLASH!

16 May 2017

12 Potential Ramifications of the recent Flagging of Caribbean & LATAM Countries

A Firstline Securities Limited Blog by: Ahamad Hosein

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