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Living with Volatility, Again

Volatility is back. Just as many people were starting to think markets only ever move in one direction, the pendulum has swung back the other way. Anxiety is a completely natural response to these events. Acting on those emotions, though, can end up doing us more harm than good.

There are a number of tidy-sounding […]

By |January 7th, 2015|Categories: Index News|Tags: |0 Comments

One Green Bottle

In investment, risk and return are related. In other words, the price of earning a return is accepting some level of risk. But not every risk is worth taking. And one of those is the risk associated with individual stocks or sectors.
Economists call this idiosyncratic risk. It relates to the peculiar, individual influences on […]

By |May 21st, 2014|Categories: Index News|Tags: |0 Comments

Not Rocket Science

When the media raises the subject of beating the market through astute stock picking, the name ‘Warren Buffett’ is usually cited. But what does this legendary investor actually say about the smart way to invest?
Buffett is considered to have such a track record of picking stock winners and avoiding losers that his annual letter […]

By |April 24th, 2014|Categories: Index News|Tags: |0 Comments

Seven ways to fool yourself

The philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once said that nothing is as difficult for people as not deceiving themselves. But while most self-delusions are relatively costless, those relating to investment can come with a hefty price tag.
We delude ourselves for a number of reasons, but one of the principal causes is a need to protect our own egos. […]

By |March 31st, 2014|Categories: Index News|Tags: |0 Comments

The Devil wears Nada

The global fashion industry is fickle by nature, pushing and then pulling trends to keep hapless consumers forever turning over their wardrobes. Much of the financial services industry works the same way.
Fashion designers, manufacturers and media operate by telling consumers what’s in vogue this year, thus artificially creating demand where none previously existed. What […]

By |March 10th, 2014|Categories: Index News|Tags: |0 Comments

Avoiding Contagion

‘Contagion Spreads in Emerging Markets as Crises Grow’: That was a recent headline on Bloomberg, reflecting a spate of articles about a rocky start to the year in some developing economies. But haven’t we been here before?
Emerging markets historically have delivered higher returns than the markets of rich world economies like the USA, the […]

By |February 23rd, 2014|Categories: Index News|Tags: |0 Comments

Future Testing

Much financial news purports to be about the future but is really just an account of the past. As a result, many investors project what has already happened onto an imagined future. There’s another way of framing this problem.
It’s understandable that investors, with the help of a necessarily short-term-focused media, will tend to focus […]

By |February 16th, 2014|Categories: Index News|Tags: |0 Comments

Mamucium – birthplace of Manchester

The Roman fort of Mamucium was the birthplace of modern Manchester. But how much do you know about your Roman roots? County archaeologist Norman Redhead reveals all about the first age of Manchester – Mamucium.

The Roman fort of Mamucium was established by 78 AD at a site overlooking the confluence of the rivers Irwell […]

By |January 30th, 2014|Categories: Index News|Tags: |0 Comments

Many Happy Returns!

It’s that time of the year when the talking heads of television and the prognosticators of print issue their sage outlooks for the coming 12 months. While this crystal ball gazing is always entertaining, it becomes even more so a year later.

In journalism, this is known as the ‘silly season’. Lots of people are […]

By |January 11th, 2014|Categories: Index News|Tags: |0 Comments

Laying Financial Foundations

Establishing a comprehensive personal financial plan is the first step on the road to financial freedom. When you think about success in almost any aspect of life, without a plan, it’s tough to achieve it or even measure what it looks like. If you don’t know where you’re heading, how do you know which […]

By |November 18th, 2013|Categories: Index News|Tags: |0 Comments