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  Market analysts and commentators in the United States have become increasingly anxious in recent weeks about trade wars, mainly with China. The Dow Jones dropped below 25,000 on Friday, falling 1.4% on the day, amid concerns over President Trump’s  threat to impose escalating tariffs on Mexico. The selloff capped the Dow’s sixth straight losing week, the...

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Did your adviser really tip Woodford before he was famous?

There are hundreds of thousands of money managers in the world, and it’s a mark of how few of them manage to deliver consistently strong performance that those who do so are household names. Warren Buffett, of course, is the name repeated most...

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Good investment advice makes for boring TV

The media has an important role to play in producing better outcomes for investors.

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#SFTW: Investors beware — the spirit of Gordon Gekko lives on

SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND There’s plenty of excitement in the financial blogosphere about The Big Short — the new movie about the credit crisis of 2007-08, based on the book by Michael Lewis, and starring Christian Bale, Steve Carrell and Brad Pitt. Frustratingly,...

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The culture of greed is alive and well on Wall Street

There’s plenty of excitement in the financial blogosphere about the The Big Short — the new movie about the credit crisis of 2007-08, based on the book by Michael Lewis, and starring Christian Bale, Steve Carrell and Brad Pitt. Frustratingly, I still have...

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Recent winners are often just the funds to avoid

Everyone loves a winner, so it’s only natural that when they’re looking for funds to invest in, people veer towards those that are on a good run. Of course, the fund industry is acutely aware of this all-too-human tendency; hence the emphasis in...

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8 things the diet and investment industries have in common

We want to be rich and we want to be thin, so it’s not surprising that two of the world’s most successful industries are those that cater to those two aspirations. But take a closer look and you’ll find that the diet and...

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