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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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Seven Ways to Fool Yourself

The philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once said that nothing is as difficult for people as not deceiving themselves. But while most self-delusions are relatively costless, those relating to investment can come with a hefty price tag. We delude ourselves for a number of reasons, but one of the principal causes is a need to protect our own […]

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Not Rocket Science

When the media raises the subject of beating the market through astute stock picking, the name ‘Warren Buffett’ is usually cited. But what does this legendary investor actually say about the smart way to invest? Buffett is considered to have such a track record of picking stock winners and avoiding losers that his annual letter […]

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The Top 10 Money Excuses

People who make bad money decisions can often rationalise them. Here are 10 common excuses. Human beings have an astounding facility for self-deception when it comes to their own money. We tend to rationalise our own fears. So instead of just recognising how we feel and reflecting on the thoughts that creates, we cut out […]

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