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Six ways to stay sane when markets dive

  By WENDY SPIRES   As with all previous crunch points, the coronavirus crisis currently engulfing the world has highlighted just how much economics and investments are bound up with human emotion. Combatting the influence of irrational “animal spirits” on either the global or individual scale is no easy task. For individual investors, staying...

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Something for the weekend

  SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND   Each Friday I’ll be sharing with you my reads of the week. The 3rd Ashes Test Match is already over, so what better way to while away the first weekend in August?   Here in Blighty.. How...

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Where’s the evidence?

  “The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.” Bertrand Russell Perhaps never before in history have human beings attached so much importance to evidence. Throughout the centuries, our ancestors largely did...

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4 lessons to learn from Nick Leeson

Leeson.  In so far as it’s possible to feel sorry for someone who steals the best part of a billion pounds, I confess to having just a little sympathy with Nick Leeson. The world’s most famous rogue trader was delivering the closing address...

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Why we’re missing the point on ETFs

  It was somehow fitting that Inside ETFs – this year’s big get-together for Europe’s ETF industry – should be held in Amsterdam. It was in the Dutch capital that the world’s first stock exchange was founded in 1602 and the first mutual...

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Why 2015 is a critical year for the UK investing industry

  For those of us campaigning for a fairer fund industry, and a bigger role for low-cost, evidence-based investing, the last few years have been a constant struggle. We’ve had plenty of talk from politicians and regulators about tackling excessive and opaque charges,...

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Why my views on funds are attracting hate mail

    I’ve never been called a Communist before, and certainly not a Jihadist. But in the last few weeks I’ve been labelled both – and, I dare say, worse. Hate mail. The reason? I’ve made a documentary about the fund industry. And...

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