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Image from 12019 at pixabay.com For many years now, investors have looked enviously at the apparent ability of certain institutions, such as the huge endowment funds which support some of the large US universities, apparently to earn returns far ahead of those of the majority.  Their...

Image by Valdemaras D on pexels.com Inflation (the rate at which the prices of goods and services increase) is a stealthy thief of the value of investors’ capital.  From time to time, it hits the headlines when rates get out of control (for example, in Germany...

Image from Breakingpic on pexels.com Despite all the generally (and understandably) negative newsflow about Coronavirus, one of the outcomes of the government-mandated two-metre lateral separation is that many people who routinely carried out their jobs in a particular way have had to adapt to operating differently. While...

Image from pixeltweaks on pixabay With depressing regularity, investors in assets which they were told were secure turn out to be anything but that.  I draw the distinction here between those whose falls are simply a function of broad market movements which affect all publicly quoted...

Those who were duped by fraudsters in financial scandals were persuaded to buy something which, had they stopped to think more closely, might have seemed too good to be true.  Good advisers ensure that their clients understand what they are buying and take the trouble...

Image from qimono on Pixabay It is often claimed that while it is all well and good being in an index fund when the market is rising, it is when things turn round that active managers can show their skill and avoid the falls while the...

Image from Pixabay on pexels.com No doubt like many people, last week I found myself watching more of the news than usual.  Unsurprisingly given the current situation, I’ve been struck by how unremittingly bad everything seems. Of course this is nothing new and the news media thrives...