Category Archives: Investing

The dangers of super clean share classes

Lee Robertson, chief executive of City advisory and wealth management firm Investment Quorum points out a few of the downsides in the trend towards clean share classes for investment funds. I trust that those who are familiar with my musings … Read More

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Who keeps the half per cent ‘cancelled’ trail commission? It should be investors.

With the retail distribution now in force, some product providers have switched off trail commission previously paid to advisers. Lee Robertson, CEO of Investment Quorum argues that if the trail commission isn’t paying for advice in some way, it should … Read More

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Global “excess” money still supporting markets

Previous posts, e.g. here, have discussed a simple investment strategy involving buying global equities six months after G7 annual real narrow money growth crosses above industrial output expansion and moving into cash immediately on a reversal. This strategy has outperformed … Read More

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What is a safe haven? Are they of any use to us?

The credit crunch era has seen not a few previously accepted tenets and sacred cows bite the dust. Unfortunately this has not stopped some from continuing to believe in them. For example my profession of economics has for a long time … Read More

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Markets in 2013 – more of the same but different while government bonds offer return-free risk

When it comes to global markets, I think 2013 will be very similar to 2012. The developed world especially will still struggle to grow and interest rates will stay low. Eurozone issues remain unresolved and there may be more bumps … Read More

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India’s latest FDI measures run into trouble- Part 2

In December 2011 the Indian government did away with the 51% cap on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into single-brand retail chains. From that moment foreign based specialist chains such as IKEA had the right to launch in India, provided they … Read More

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India’s latest FDI measures run into trouble- Part 1

It is no secret that India’s retail sector is hugely fragmented, to a degree that would be unthinkable in the UK, Europe or the US, where big supermarket chains dominate the multi brand market. For those in advanced markets who … Read More

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India’s long, uncomfortable history with FDI

In an excellent paper, two academics, RamMohan Yallapragada, from the University of Louisiana and Madhu Paruchuri, from Tennessee State University provide some fascinating background to the current efforts of the Indian government to push through FDI (foreign direct investment) against … Read More

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Investors and their teenage kicks

Some friends came to visit last weekend, along with their two teenage children. Having toddlers myself, I found myself observing the behaviour of these teenagers with interest, wondering what was in store for later years. However, I couldn’t in all … Read More

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The future of the advisory industry

Q&A with Nick Cann, Chief Executive of the Institute of Financial Planning (IFP), the UK professional body for those committed to the development of the multi-disciplinary profession of Financial Planning.   Mindful Money: There has always been a community of … Read More

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