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Vanguard vs Dimensional: Who has delivered higher returns?

  Vanguard and Dimensional Fund Advisors are both good fund managers — albeit with two very different methodologies. Investors should be able to achieve good outcomes with either one or the other, or a combination of the two. But which of them, Vanguard or Dimensional, delivers higher returns, on a cost- and risk-adjusted basis,...

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Something for the weekend

  SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND   It was meant to symbolise the renaissance of Birmingham, but less than two years after it opened, our iconic new library is in dire financial straits. Basically, the City Council is skint. As a result of cutbacks...

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Is Pension-gate the next big scandal to rock the financial services industry?

  One of the more regrettable aspects of the investment industry is that much of its focus is on the top 10% — and in many cases, the top 1% — of income earners. It is perhaps inevitable given that the wealthiest clients...

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Investors shouldn’t need to crack the Enigma code to work out costs

  It’s probably my age, but it’s as much as I can do after a hard day’s work to walk the dog, eat supper and flop in front of the TV. The thought of having to spend my evening trying to crack the...

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Time to explode the City of London myth

  We Brits are a funny lot. We apologise incessantly. We love to do ourselves down. And yet there are certain things — sorry about this — at which we really are the best in the world. Or at least we like to...

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If only journalists quizzed fund managers like they do politicians

  I was never cut out to be a showbiz reporter. As I recall, our usual correspondent was otherwise engaged, so I was pulled off my usual general news brief and despatched hotfoot to the Odeon Leicester Square to interview Jennifer Aniston at...

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Why women handle market corrections better than men

  Plenty of progress has been made over recent decades on sexual equality in the workplace, but there is one sector of the economy that stands out as the last great bastion of male domination. It’s the investing industry. Recent studies show that...

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