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Responsible investment doesn’t have to mean sacrificing returns

Recent research published by Hermes Investment Management gives encouragement to those who would like to see Responsible Investment issues at the heart of the debate about looking after the long-term interests of savers, but we need to get beyond a … Read More

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A matter of time – ‘Average’ is a simple word that masks a significant degree of complexity

By Kevin Murphy Our article Law of averages, which focused on the distinction between ‘time’ and ‘ensemble’ averages, provoked some interesting comments and feedback – both face-to-face and in the Twittersphere. This included a degree of scepticism over some of … Read More

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Is the Bank of England right about the dangers of Bitcoin and digital currencies?

It was only yesterday that I was reviewing the march of the central banks as they gather more powers and intervene in more areas. This was added to later by the Sydney Morning Herald reporting that the Bank of Japan … Read More

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Stress test – The experiment that suggests stress can cause short-term changes to risk tolerance

By Jamie Lowry How much or how little risk someone is prepared to tolerate as they seek to grow their wealth is seen as one of the more fundamental considerations in investment. Implicit within this belief is the assumption that, … Read More

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Measuring up – Are you sure your benchmark index is doing the job you think it is?

By Kevin Murphy Professional and private investors alike will often and without a second thought compare trading strategies or portfolio performance against a benchmark stockmarket index but are they right to do so? To examine that question further, let’s consider … Read More

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UK Bank Return – BoE now least open of major CBs

The Bank of England will this week publish the last ever Bank Return – a weekly summary statement of its assets and liabilities. The Bank claims that it needs to hide its balance sheet in order to fulfil its responsibility … Read More

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UK Housing Becoming a Buyers’ Market? Not good for estate agents…

The UK media has not tired of bombarding readers with news stories about the runaway nature of the London property market in particular, and the UK housing market in general, this year. As I have been looking to buy a … Read More

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What does the transfer window just gone tell us about the economics of England’s Premier League?

Last night at 11pm British Summer Time the latest transfer window for the UK football premiership closed. I would say slammed shut but in fact some deals  such as the move of the England international Danny Welbeck to Arsenal had … Read More

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Jackson Hole – and the expectation of Eurozone QE – has been the real driver of markets

The extended Labor Day weekend in the US traditionally marks the end of summer, and markets returning will find a very crowded calendar of US data this week, most of which is likely to surprise on the upside. However, the … Read More

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The current difficulties and dangers faced by investors seeking income

Since the recovery from the global banking crisis in 2008 and apart from the odd stumble along the path investors have generally been very well rewarded for taking the risks associated with both equity and bond investment. However, since the … Read More

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