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  Market analysts and commentators in the United States have become increasingly anxious in recent weeks about trade wars, mainly with China. The Dow Jones dropped below 25,000 on Friday, falling 1.4% on the day, amid concerns over President Trump’s  threat to impose escalating tariffs on Mexico. The selloff capped the Dow’s sixth straight losing week, the...

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Video: The problem you face as an investor — and why your adviser may be part of it

I’m expecting this video to get a few backs up. Though that’s not the intention, I make no apologies for it.

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Video: High growth doesn’t mean higher stock returns

You might expect a history graduate like me to say this, but people would make much better investors if they spent a little more time studying the past. Market history provides a wealth of insights that would save investors – including professional ones...

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Video: How do you choose a financial adviser?

A question I’m asked regularly is, “Do you really need a financial adviser?” Many people assume that, because I’m a firm believer in broadly passive investing and an advocate of direct-to-consumer services, like Nutmeg and Wealth Horizon in the UK and Betterment and...

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Video: How active is your active fund manager?

There are so many things wrong with the active fund industry – the opaqueness, the high fees, the failure to outperform and so on – that it’s hard to know where reform should start.

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For sports fans & active investors, hope springs eternal

Human beings aren’t cut out to be investors. Evolutionary instincts that serve us well most of the time let us down badly when we let them loose on our pension portfolios.

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Something for the weekend

Please excuse a slightly abbreviated version of SFTW this week.. I’m off to that temple of football Villa Park, where I fear that Manchester United are about to puncture the bubble of pre-season positivity that’s been growing in recent weeks over Birmingham B6.

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