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A ten-point plan for the bear market

      After a long period of financial markets being treated largely as background noise by the media, news of their daily swings have been promoted back to the front pages of newspapers and the top of TV news bulletins. Naturally, ordinary investors are suddenly sitting up and taking notice. What’s causing all...

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Something for the weekend

  SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND   Ah, the joys of England in August.. The sun’s shining, school’s out and the Poms are thrashing Australia at cricket. But none of those things will last for long, so let’s enjoy them while we can.. along...

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Video: Don’t assume outperformance is down to skill

“Men resist randomness, markets resist prophecy.” Maggie Mahar   The need to make sense of things is a basic human instinct. We want to feel we understand what’s happening around us. So we create our own order. We invent narratives and look for...

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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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