Category Archives: Investing

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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Investor decisions – Experience is still not enough (but it helps a bit)

Weaselly satisfied The idea that personal experience isn’t enough to help investors make better decisions is one we’ve investigated before; particularly in Investors Decisions - Experience Is Not Enough.  The general idea is that our personal observations don’t generalize, because market behaviour … Read More

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OTC derivatives prove hard to tame

On the 10th September 2010 the EU tabled a proposal aimed at making the derivatives markets in Europe “safer and more transparent”. This was the beginnings of EMIR, the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation. There is universal agreement that transparency and … Read More

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Non-financial stocks deliver respectable return

Peter Richardson, in his excellent blog, points out that the S&P large-cap industrials index – comprising the 379 constituents of the S&P 500 index not classified as financial, transportation or utility companies – closed last week at a new record … Read More

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“Excess” money investment rule: an update

The third “monetarist” forecasting rule followed here is that financial markets usually perform better when the real money supply is growing faster than economic output – this suggests that there is “excess” liquidity available to push up asset prices. Excess … Read More

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Repellent; The Magical Law of Attraction

Smile or Die: How Positive Thinking Fooled America and the World by Barbara Ehrenreich As most long-time readers would guess, I don’t have much truck with the concepts of positivity. The appropriate and mindful attitude of most investors should be a … Read More

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