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Robin’s Reads, Week 03, 2020

  Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Robin’s Reads. Please forgive me for starting, just for once, with some blatant self-promotion. This week we released the first part in a new, five-part video series called Conquer Your Fear of the Stock Market. The series has been produced for the Cheltenham-based financial planning firm […]

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Does sustainable investing lead to lower returns?

  There’s been a big increase in interest in sustainable investing in recent years. But what exactly do we mean by sustainable investing? And, if we invest with our conscience, can we expect to receive lower returns? Robin Powell explores these issues in this short video, with the help of Dan Lefkovitz from Morningstar.   […]

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Robin’s Reads, Week 01, 2020

Week 01 By ROBIN POWELL   INVESTING Five new year’s resolutions for investors (Joe Wiggins)   Stockpickers need to prove their worth  [Paywall] (Financial Times)  A deep dive into the folly of forecasting (Morgan Housel)  Five lessons we can learn from “the Witch of Wall Street” (Karen Wallace)  Professional investors are prone to behavioural biases […]

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Elroy Dimson on the problem with market timing

  At the end of every year, the media likes to publish stock market forecasts for the year ahead. Tempting though it is to pay them close attention, the problem with market timing is forecasts are notoriously inaccurate. How, then, should investors view the ups and downs of the market? And what, if anything, can […]

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Robin’s Reads, Week 45, 2019

Week 45. By ROBIN POWELL   INVESTING It’s highly unlikely you’ll beat the market with a portfolio of active funds (Josh Brown)   Not all stock market losses are created equal (Ben Carlson)  Make sure you aren’t taking on more risk than you can actually afford (Joachim Klement) Just because an asset seems low risk […]

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Why forestry could be the root of sustainable investing

  With ESG investing, it can sometimes be hard to see the wood from the trees. But sustainable forestry could offer the ultimate ‘hedge’ against inflation, given its predictable cash flows. Trees continue to grow no matter what is going on in the economy, and can be continually replenished. Not just that, but as trees […]

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It’s time to invest IN the future, not just for it

  In the past few months, multiple governments – both national and regional – have declared a climate emergency. Canada has done so. The Welsh Government did in April. Even Pope Francis has, saying that a failure to urgently reduce greenhouse gases would be “a brutal act of injustice toward the poor and future generations”. […]

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We need to make modern slavery unsustainable

  There was an interesting call in May of this year for fund managers to put pressure on businesses that fail to stop slave labour. As reported by Reuters, Fiona Reynolds, head of London-based Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI), issued a rallying cry for trillions of dollars of investor pressure on businesses to stop slave […]

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