Living with Volatility, Again

Volatility is back. Just as many people were starting to think markets only ever move in one direction, the pendulum has swung back the other way. Anxiety is a completely natural response to these events. Acting on those emotions, though, can end up doing us more harm than good. There are a number of tidy-sounding […]

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Taking out the Guesswork

It was late 2012 and US Congressional leaders were in tense negotiations on the “fiscal cliff” — a January 1 budget deadline to avoid huge tax hikes and spending cuts. Amid this standoff, equity analysts were cautious about the 2013 market outlook. With the negotiations dragging on, newspaper Barron’s surveyed 10 strategists about equities’ prospects for the […]

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The Google Effect

What can’t Google do? Free email, customised searches, maps, apps, browsers, video—the list goes on. Now researchers claim to have found a link between Google searches and future stock market movements. The researchers at Warwick Business School and Boston University in the US say they have developed a method which identifies historical links between searches related to […]

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The Seven-Day News Diet

The financial media recently has been consumed by the issue of ultra-fast computer-driven trading and what it might mean for ordinary investors. But arguably what does the most harm to people are their own responses to high frequency news. The growth of 24/7 business news channels and, more recently, financial blogs, Twitter feeds and a […]

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