The 7 Truths of Investing in a Volatile Stockmarket

Volatility is back. Just as many people were starting to think the stockmarket only ever moves 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 Read more…

The Power of Markets

This 2-1/2 minute video explains how security prices are set – and change – based on the collective knowledge of buyers and sellers.  Armed with this information, investors can be more confident about the power of the financial markets. video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player

Over the Hedge

A recent press article said that with major risk assets looking “fully valued”, it was time to seek out alternative investments such as hedge funds. But those thinking of making that shift might want to look before they leap. According to consulting firm McKinsey and Co, hedge funds and other “alternative” investments will command up Read more…

Heads or Tails? Either Way, You Might Beat a Stock Picker

Imagine a world where investors in the stock market have no skill whatsoever. The investors themselves don’t understand this, however, and many truly believe that they are good at what they do. But in this thought experiment, there’s no doubt about the underlying reasons for fund managers’ success: When they turn in an outstanding performance, Read more…

Investors, Connecting the Dots

Human beings love stories. But this innate tendency can lead us to imagine connections between events where none really exist. For financial journalists, this is a virtual job requirement. For investors, it can be a disaster. “The Australian dollar rose today after Westpac Bank dropped its forecast of further central bank interest rate cuts this Read more…

Investor 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 Read more…

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 Read more…

The Golden Ticket

In a popular children’s story, the young hero pins all his hopes on finding one of a handful of ‘golden tickets’ hidden among millions of candy bars. It seems many people approach investing the same way. The notion that the path to long-term wealth is in locating secret and previously undiscovered treasures in the global Read more…

Many Happy Returns (Investors)

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 Read more…

Riding the Emerging Markets Tiger

Many investors fell for emerging markets in recent years when they delivered sizeable returns. More recently, the associated risk has reasserted itself and the infatuation has faded. What’s the right approach? A major theme in media commentary since the turn of the century has been the prospect of a gradual changing of the baton in Read more…