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Separating the wheat from the chaff

  The internet is a mixed blessing. Never before have we been able to access so much information so quickly and easily. The problem is, there’s too much of it, and most of it is either not worth paying attention to or even positively harmful. Investing and the financial markets are a classic example....

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Does divestment produce positive results?

  By our staff reporter   A few weeks ago on TEBI we posed the question, Do sustainable investors behave better? We focused in particular on research conducted by DEREK HORSTMEYER, Assistant Professor of Finance at the George Mason University School of Business in Virginia....

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Six steps to staying the course

  Creating a portfolio is easy; staying the course is hard. Despite our best intentions we sometimes fall off the wagon. We’re inclined to chase performance, react emotionally to market swings, and generally do far more trading than good discipline would suggest. We...

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Work out what’s important

  Investing is a means to an end, not an end in itself. You need to know what you’re investing for and what you want to achieve. That’s why we strongly recommend that investors have a financial plan and, preferably, work with a...

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Four must-read history books for curious investors

  I had the pleasure recently of visiting the wonderfully named Library of Mistakes in Edinburgh. It’s essentially a financial history library, and it’s funded by a charity dedicated to improving financial education. While I was there I conducted an in-depth interview with...

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The S&P 500 ESG Index makes an entrance

  Sustainable investing isn’t a passing fad. It’s here to stay. In the first of a regular series, we take a look at the launch of the S&P 500 ESG Index.   It’s finally happened.  S&P Dow Jones Indices has launched the long-awaited...

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Does asset management add value or subtract it?

  In discussions about post-Brexit Britain, the City of London understandably looms large. Financial services is one of our biggest exports. Asset management alone accounts for 6% of exports over the past ten years. But how much value does the financial sector, and...

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