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The dark side of index trackers

Flying into a storm

The dark side of index trackers

Some investment “experts” will tell you that there’s no point paying a fund manager to manage your money. You don’t need them to pick the shares, or sectors or countries to invest in, they say, All you need to do is buy the whole world stock market with some index tracking funds. So… are they…

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…

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…

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