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The Seven Roles of an Advisor

What is a financial advisor for? One view is that advisors have unique insights into market direction that give their clients an advantage. But of the many roles a professional advisor should play, soothsayer is not one of them. The truth is that no-one knows what will happen next in investment markets. And if anyone […]

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Weather vs. Climate

Many investors feel that they are not properly informed about the financial world unless they have checked daily, or even hourly, on how the Dow, FTSE, or Nikkei have moved in the intervening period. In most cases, it’s a pretty harmless activity. It at least provides a bland conversation starter in fleeting social encounters, just […]

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Top 10 Investment Guidelines

The media would have you believe that a successful investment experience comes from picking stocks, timing your entry and exit points, making accurate predictions and outguessing the market. Is there a better way? It’s true that some people do get lucky by making bets on certain stocks and sectors or getting in or out at […]

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The World Cup of Investing

When you talk about Ireland, cricket is not the first sport that springs to mind. Yet in the 2007 World Cup, the Irish defeated highly rated Pakistan, on St Patrick’s Day no less. Picking the best countries to invest in can be just as unpredictable. On paper, some countries look much stronger than others. In […]

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