Category Archives: Investing

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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Commodities Outlook: ‘Focus on the long term’

Andy Parsons, head of investment research at The Share Centre, discusses the outlook for commodities. Investors interested in commodities should look beyond current short-term concerns, such as the European debt crisis, and focus on the medium to longer term. Over … Read More

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Birds, Bees and Decoy Effects

Fleeced If there’s one message I hope to get across here it’s that we’re our own worst enemy when it comes to making decisions if we’re anywhere in the vicinity of money.  If there’s a second one it’s that if … Read More

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PSB Latticework: On Investing Psychology and Emotion

An updated, reorganized Latticework is now available, which in technical speak provides access to the deep structure of the blog and which, for us laymen, is a way of recycling old content. The single largest theme is On Investing Psychology and … Read More

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Bovis Homes doubles profit – is it time to buy?

A few days ago Bovis Homes hit the headlines with reports of profits and dividends doubling. Some top investment pundits have even gone so far as to say the shares are a buy, so I thought I’d take a look … Read More

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Risky Shifts

Female Underwear (Not) No doubt some will be disappointed to learn that a risky shift is not a slightly daring article of female underwear, but an outcome of the counterintuitive process of group polarization. This says that if you take … Read More

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Minding the Chastity Belts: Fiduciary Duties and 900 Pound Lemmings

“Today investors herd around short-term investment strategies adopted by other prudent experts who manage similar funds. This has unleashed a flock of 900-pound lemmings into the economy.” Back to the Future of Pension Fund Trust Fiduciary Duties, Keith Johnson Crusading Fiduciaries If … Read More

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