Financial

Unhealthy Attachments

Have you ever made yourself suffer through a bad movie because, having paid for the cinema ticket, you felt you had to get your money’s worth? Some people treat investment the same way. Behavioural economists have a name for this tendency of people and organisations to stick with a losing strategy purely on the basis […]

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The Patience Principle

A typical response to unsettling markets is an emotional one. We quit risky assets when prices are down and wait for more “certainty”. These timing strategies can take a few forms. One is to use forecasting to get out when the market is judged as “over-bought” and then to buy back in when the signals […]

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The China Syndrome

The China Syndrome The recent severe volatility in China’s share markets has raised questions among many investors about the causes of the fall and about the wider implications for the global economy and markets generally. The Shanghai Composite index, the mainland stock market barometer and one dominated overwhelmingly by retail investors, more than doubled in […]

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Greece is the Word

Greece is the Word The world’s markets and media financial pages have been consumed by a single issue in recent weeks—the stand-off between debt-laden Greece and its international lenders over the conditions of any further bailout. For investors everywhere, both the large institutional kind and individual participants, the story has been fast-paced and difficult to […]

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