Smarter Investment Ideas

The myth of stability and certainty

And where to learn the truth of what we have instead

Minsky on Stability

The myth of stability and certainty

And where to learn the truth of what we have instead

Whatever your interest (or leaning) in politics you surely, cannot have missed Theresa May’s promise of stability and certainty in the recent election campaign.

Does your adviser really understand risk?

And should you find out sooner rather than later?

Mencken. Clear, simple and wrong

Does your adviser really understand risk?

And should you find out sooner rather than later?

Benoit Mandelbrot had a beautiful mind for risk. A Polish-born, French and American mathematician – he was the guy who discovered the idea of “self-similarity” in nature. You may have heard the term ‘Fractal’ which he coined to describe the beautiful and ‘apparently complex’ shapes in nature. This extraordinary simple concept explains how snowflakes are…

The thing about economists

The thing about economists

Economists have really struggled to be taken seriously since the financial crisis of 2008-09. And that’s worrying because these experts are probably the most important policy-shaping advisers behind our politicians.

Property investing. Open letter to the FCA

House prices double

Property investing. Open letter to the FCA

Open letter to the Financial Conduct Authority To whom it may concern, In addition to ‘spread betting’ I have been tracking the grossly misleading promotional activity around property investing for several years now. I first wrote about this issue in my book, “Who can you trust about money” which I published in late 2013. But…

Stockmarket levels now

Earthquake

Stockmarket levels now

So, how’s the UK Stockmarket looking now? Is it safe to invest your life’s savings? This is a big question – with many possible ways of answering it – but if you had to choose just one key number for some guidance on whether Stock-markets are over (or under) priced at any given time – what…

Can you help (spread betting) Joe?

Or anyone else who's getting sucked into this stuff

Joe and Naomi

Can you help (spread betting) Joe?

Or anyone else who's getting sucked into this stuff

Let me introduce you to Joe He needs your help because he doesn’t understand . . . I’m posting this short story now because the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority have recently announced that they want to do more to help protect people like Joe. That’s good but it’s not so good that they’ve taken so long to…

The Japanese bubble

And what we can learn from it

Japan bubble

The Japanese bubble

And what we can learn from it

In 1989 the Japanese bubble (in property and stock markets) was fully inflated. The Japanese were enjoying what they – and the rest of the world – thought was an economic miracle. Their stock market had grown a staggering 15% each year! on average over the previous 25 years, from the early 1960s. And that…

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