When a stock is trading at a fraction of a cent, it’s usually a message for investors to abandon all hope and sell for the tax losses while they can. But ‘penny dreadful’ shares can sometimes rise from the ashes.
Fakes are big business. The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) estimates that the global cost of counterfeit trade reached US$1.7 trillion last year. According to the World Customs Organisation (WCO), 7 per cent of total world trade is counterfeit, worth an estimated US$600 billion a year. Research firm Havoscope.com estimates that the value of the global counterfeit industry by product is currently US$641 billion, with pharmaceuticals accounting for almost one-third of the value.