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Eminence versus evidence in finance and medicine

  By ROBIN POWELL   In the seven years that I’ve been writing about investing and financial advice, I’ve always been fascinated in the differences between finance and medicine, and between financial advisers and doctors specifically. Here are five important ones: Doctors are required to swear an oath, promising to help, and not to...

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In choosing party leaders it pays to take a long-term view

I promise not to stray too often in this blog into that most divisive of subjects, party politics. But there seems to me to be a striking parallel between current political developments in the UK, US and elsewhere and something that happens time...

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Something for the weekend

SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND   One of the biggest challenges I face as an advocate of evidence-based investing is helping people to visualise just how much more they’re paying to invest in actively managed funds. Well, thanks to author Lars Kroijer, I now...

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Where are the customers’ Porsches?

Lars Kroijer is one of the most intriguing – and intelligent – hedge fund managers you could ever wish to meet. A Harvard-educated Dane, he used to run his own hedge fund in London and still serves on the board of several others....

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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...

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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...

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