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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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The Certainty Principle

A frequent complaint from would-be investors is that “uncertainty” is what keeps them out of the financial markets. “I’ll stay in cash until the direction becomes clearer,” they will say. So when has there ever been total clarity? Alternatively, people who are already in the market after a strong rally, as we have seen in […]

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Sliding Doors II

Sound investing for the long term is not just about sticking to your chosen pathway. It also means staying off those paths that can derail your journey. In the 1998 British-American romantic comedy ‘Sliding Doors’, the story revolves around two contrasting life outcomes for the central character, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, all stemming from whether […]

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Old Stories; True Stories

Everyone loves market premiums. But not everyone can withstand the risks. There are two possible responses – try to time the premiums or ride out the risk for the return on the other side. Which works better? Let’s look at history. When markets are stormy, it’s natural to want to pull your portfolio into a […]

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