Less is more – The way financial data is presented can affect people’s investment choices

By Andrew Lyddon The founding fathers of behavioural finance hail from two disciplines – psychology and economics. The biggest name from the former group is arguably the Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman, who has often featured here on The Value Perspective, … Read More

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Pulp friction – The tech sector feels like investors have made a date to meet up in the year 2000

By Andrew Evans Your house was very small, with wood chip on the wall. When I came round to call, you didn’t notice me at all. I said, let’s all meet up in the year 2000. Won’t it be strange … Read More

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Not even China’s woes can knock 2015’s M&A boom off-track

By Andrew Williams It has only been a month since we last wrote about the significant increase in merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in 2015, suggesting in Get your coat that this was perhaps not the unalloyed good news some commentators … Read More

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Should we believe in unicorns? Are unlisted businesses really worth their valuations?

By Andrew Evans Back in the Middle Ages, it was widely believed unicorn horns had the power to heal the sick and make poison water drinkable, which ultimately led to specimens changing hands for huge sums of money. Since unicorns … Read More

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Sneaking up – Has banking’s recovery taken so long the market has stopped paying attention?

By Nick Kirrage When it comes to the banking sector, have investors become like the frog in the pan of slowly-heated water – only with, potentially, a much more upbeat ending? The thought has occurred in the wake of our … Read More

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Robust Bank Story – How far down the road to recovery are Lloyds and RBS?

by Andrew Lyddon Believe it or not, there was once a time when you could make an upbeat comment about a UK bank and people would not bat an eye yet in recent years, of course, it is considered deeply … Read More

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Low blow – Why low-volatility ETFs could prove anything but when you really need them to be

by Ian Kelly Just as nobody buys a parachute primarily for its colour – well, certainly not twice – presumably the main reason investors choose to buy low-volatility exchange-traded funds (ETFs) is safety-related. If they really were looking for a … Read More

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Get your coat – An M&A party may be in progress but what stage of the night have we reached?

By Andrew Williams Here on The Value Perspective we like to keep a close eye on global merger and acquisition (M&A) levels. Rather than viewing any increase in M&A activity as an indication the party is really about to begin … Read More

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Elop-sided argument – How might Nokia be faring if Stephen Elop had never been its CEO?

By Jamie Lowry ‘Elop in Espoo’ is not a cryptic crossword clue but our suggestion for a commemorative statue and its location. Much as we enjoy taking contrarian positions here on The Value Perspective, however, is the argument that Nokia … Read More

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Formula wear – What does it say that economists are using more and more equations these days?

By Ian Kelly Academic papers set great store by being able to portray any new research they reveal to the world as ‘statistically significant’ – meaning, broadly speaking, it has lower than 1-in-20 odds of merely being chance. However, as … Read More

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