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Separating the wheat from the chaff

  The internet is a mixed blessing. Never before have we been able to access so much information so quickly and easily. The problem is, there’s too much of it, and most of it is either not worth paying attention to or even positively harmful. Investing and the financial markets are a classic example....

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#SFTW: Watchdog to investigate UK fund industry (but don’t get your hopes up)

SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND   There was a big development in the UK this week, with the Financial Conduct Authority announcing a review of the value (or lack of it) provided by the asset management industry. There’s been plenty written on this, but...

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The most important advice for investors? Do less — Tadas Viskanta

There are only about half a dozen blogs in the world that those with a serious interest in investing need to follow. One of them is Tadas Viskanta’s Abnormal Returns. For me, Tadas is the best curator of quality investing content on the...

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Video: UK investing is several decades behind the US — John Authers

It’s funny how, throughout life, our paths cross with other people’s. More years ago than either of us care to remember, John Authers and I once competed for the editorship of the Oxford University Students’ Union magazine. We now find ourselves on the...

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Poor fund performance is a global problem — an interview with Craig Lazzara (Part 2)

Since S&P Dow Jones issued its first SPIVA report 2002, this twice-yearly scorecard on active fund performance has consistently shown that, in the US, actively managed mutual funds routinely underperform their respective benchmarks in every asset class and almost every style. But, as...

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It’s time to get tough on investing gobbledygook

The investing industry is like a foreign country; they do things differently there. For a start they operate by a completely different set of rules to other sectors; they enjoy average levels of pay most professions can only dream about; and the major...

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#SFTW: 1 in 5 millennials will live to 100. Better start saving

SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND   There was a wake-up call for millennial investors this week with the publication of the latest BlackRock Investor Pulse Survey. Apparently, on average, those aged between 25 and 34 predict they will only live to see their 79th...

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