Tag Archives: Asset Classes

Gold Rush or False Refuge?

Gold is one of those “alternatives” to stock market investment that seem to get more attention when economic prospects seem most dicey. Maybe the real question isn’t whether gold is a terrific asset class, but whether gold or any alternative instrument really offers safe harbour from shaky capital markets and economic catastrophe. Can investors reliably […]

Life’s Tradeoffs

Many aspects of life require careful consideration and balancing of the tradeoffs that arise from competing demands. For example, a common lifestyle tradeoff is working longer hours versus spending more time with your family. The competing demands within this decision are the income necessary to provide a suitable quality of life for your family versus […]

Crystal Balls

One of the mysteries of life in the financial markets is that many people still seem to believe you can build a successful investment strategy around forecasting, despite the road being littered with the corpses of those who got it wrong. This month, 24 out of 27 market economists polled by Bloomberg forecast the Reserve […]

Market Volatility

It’s very easy at the moment to focus only on negative news – of which there is plenty – and “run for the hills”. Global equity, fixed income and currency markets have traded with increased volatility over the past two months. Global economic growth is slowing and concerns about inflation levels are increasing, even as […]

Deciphering the Code

With the debate over the U.S. government debt, the debt woes in the Eurozone, and talk of a double-dip recession – suddenly fairly complex economic issues are showing up in the mainstream news.  In our own conversations with clients, we recognise that sometimes the lingo used in the financial services and economic world can become […]