The Evidence-Based Investor

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Investing lessons from Christopher Robin’s friends

Posted by Robin Powell on August 21, 2018

There’ve been mixed reviews for Disney’s Christopher Robin, but I have to say I loved it. You can apply the wit and wisdom of Winnie the Pooh to almost every aspect of life — yes, even investing. And before you starting thinking I’ve finally lost it, let me explain. The movie stars Ewan McGregor in the […]

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Indexers have no more reason to fear a correction than anyone else

Posted by Robin Powell on August 16, 2018

I sometimes wonder whether it’s a deliberate ploy by the active fund industry to keep trotting out the same old myths about passive investing so many times that we eventually just assume they’re true. A case in point is the notion that passive investors will be worse hit than active investors by a stock market […]

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Why I use index funds — Oxford economist Bent Flyvbjerg

Posted by Robin Powell on August 13, 2018

A big problem for many investors is their overconfidence. They have unrealistic expectations about their own abilities at picking stocks and timing the market, and about the results they’re likely to achieve. Bent Flyvbjerg is a professor at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. An economic geographer, he’s an expert on behavioural economics and […]

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What does the advent of free funds mean for asset management?

Posted by Robin Powell on August 9, 2018

It almost sounds too good to be good true, but Fidelity has become the first asset manager in the world to offer zero-fee funds. There’s one fund that tracks the US stock market and another that track global markets. Investors who buy the funds directly from Fidelity will genuinely pay nothing, and that includes transaction […]

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