Europe: Where next for investors?

9th May 2012 marks two years since 27 member states of the EU agreed the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) in order to provide financial assistance to eurozone states in economic difficulty and basically restore financial stability across the continent. But has the EFSF and subsequent other measures done anything to help? Henderson fund manager […]

9 May 2012 by Darius McDermott

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Austerity vs Growth – the tension grows

My first blog back in February asked if markets or voters would have the upper hand this year. I commented that unhappy populations, angry at continued austerity measures, would vote for policies that would put money back in their pockets. But I concluded that markets would have the final say, forcing any new leader to […]

4 May 2012 by Darius McDermott

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USA: the land of income opportunity?

The US is known as the land of opportunity. It is famous for its entrepreneurial spirit, for companies which start off in someone’s backyard and grow to dominate worldwide. More recently though, investors have started to talk about the US as a source for income. So, some 230 years after the cooperative union was agreed […]

17 April 2012 by Darius McDermott

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The emotional rollercoaster of investing

2012 marks one hundred years since G.S. Selden first published his 125-page book, ‘Psychology of the Stock Market’, and the study of behavioural finance began.  Despite its age, the book is still referred to and really, little seems to have changed. One of the biggest mistakes still made by investors today is to sell when […]

5 April 2012 by Darius McDermott

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The dichotomy between trackers and multi-managers

2011 was a year of extremes when it came to fund sales and the annual statistics from the Investment Management Association evidenced just how polar opposite different investors can be at times while perhaps trying to achieve the same outcome. Firstly, tracker funds continued to rise in popularity. They saw the highest net retail sales […]

22 March 2012 by Darius McDermott

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It's cheap, but could it get cheaper?

Fund managers use a measure called price-to-earnings ratio (P/E), to value both markets and companies. A higher P/E ratio means that investors are paying more for each unit of net income so the stock or market is more expensive when compared with a lower P/E ratio. Recently, the UK stock market has been on a […]

8 March 2012 by Darius McDermott

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Do voters or markets have the upper hand in 2012?

Last year was all about the politicians and whether they could sort out the huge debt problems countries are facing. Most failed to do this satisfactorily. This year, while it’s still a problem, a few key players in major economies have elections to think about, which all too often prevents the politicians involved from making […]

28 February 2012 by Darius McDermott

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