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Info Graphic: World Stock Market Performance and the Media


This info graphic takes a look at how, despite the doom, gloom and media speculation, economics, politics and hyperbole tend to have little effect on the way investment markets see the world. The moral?  Ignore the media “noise” and stay disciplined in your investment strategy. Click the image to enlarge

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Buying a Piig in a Poke?


During the depths of euro crisis, the countries at the periphery of the Eurozone, with the greatest debts and weakest economies, became known collectively as the Piigs.  They were Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain. It all seems such a long time ago now, but back in 2008 and 2009 we were wondering whether the […]

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The Closet Monster


What is potentially worse than putting your money into a high charging actively managed fund (where the managers make investment forecasts and timing decisions with the goal of outperforming a benchmark)?  Putting your money into an actively managed fund that charges high fees and that to a large extent holds the same shares as the […]

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Truly Independent Financial Advice


One of the largest UK IFA networks, Sesame, has recently announced that it is removing all of its member financial adviser firms’ independent status.  All financial advisory firms that operate under the Sesame umbrella will now be offering their clients restricted advice. You may recall the financial advice industry underwent some significant changes at the […]

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Take your eye off the ball


Sometimes we focus so hard on something we think is important, we become oblivious to significant events right under our noses. This is the idea behind The Invisible Gorilla, a book based on a series of experiments by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons. The centrepiece of their work is a short film in which two […]

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More action less consultation please


The recent Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) long awaited final report into the asset management industry reinforced the evidence that we’ve known for some time; 1. Investments funds should compete on price, but clearly, they don’t, as the net profit margin of most asset management firms is still extraordinarily high (36%). 2. Paying a high price […]

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Hargreaves Lansdown v Vanguard (Who?)


Last month, Vanguard, announced that it is to offer UK investors a lower cost investment Platform, in a direct challenge to the incumbent behemoth Hargreaves Lansdown (HL). The immediate reaction was an 8% fall in the latter’s share price, as speculators pondered the demise of another Active-promoting financial services provider. Completely co-incidentally, the firm announced […]

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Do you really want to gift money to the taxman?


A recent survey* by Canada Life about inheritance tax (IHT) shows that wealthy Brits over the age of 45 are either ignoring estate planning solutions or they have forgotten about the benefits these can provide. Only 27% of those surveyed have taken financial advice on IHT planning despite all of them having a potential IHT […]

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Investment essentials


Back in August 2016, we encouraged you to watch a 12 part documentary featuring Robin Powell and Mark Hebner which included all of the key elements to become a better investor and less of a speculator. There is now an abridged and more succinct 16 minute version available (click on the image above) which still […]

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