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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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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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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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