The Evidence-Based Investor

No sales agenda. No marketing spin. Just the evidence.

Having your cake and eating it — the myth of downside protection

Posted by Robin Powell on October 21, 2015

There are all sorts of myths that it suits the fund industry to perpetuate, perhaps the most insidious of which is that active funds are better than passive in bear markets. Index funds, we keep being told, fall with the markets whereas active funds provide the reassurance of “downside protection”.

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What would Seth Godin say about the Investment Association?

Posted by Robin Powell on October 20, 2015

The author, blogger and marketer Seth Godin has a brilliant way of encapsulating in just a few words the challenges that organisations face and how to deal with them — and I couldn’t help but think of the Investment Association and its members when reading his post What are corporations for? The IA is the […]

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How to improve financial journalism at a stroke

Posted by Robin Powell on October 19, 2015

I miss curling up on the sofa with the weekend papers. Having them delivered to my Kindle isn’t quite the same. There again, I seriously feared disappearing under a mountain of newsprint if I didn’t make the switch. No wonder you don’t don’t see children delivering papers on their bikes any more; you’d need a […]

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#SFTW: The (reversion to the) mean machine

Posted by Robin Powell on October 16, 2015

SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND   Sir Francis Galton loved upsetting people. The Church of England didn’t take kindly to his statistical analysis of the power of prayer (he wasn’t a big fan); nor were women too impressed with his beauty map of Britain, which graded them on a scale from attractive to repulsive depending on […]

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