During this week’s global stockmarket volatility, as in 2017, we were again reminded of the importance of following an investment approach based on discipline and diversification vs. prediction and timing. As we leave the new year and venture into 2018, we can look at several examples during 2017 that provide perspective on what guidance investors […]
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The recent severe volatility in China’s share markets has raised questions among many investors about the causes of the fall and about the wider implications for the global economy and markets generally. The Shanghai Composite index, the mainland stock market barometer and one dominated overwhelmingly by retail investors, more than doubled in the year from […]
When the media raises the subject of beating the stockmarket 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 […]
Bad news sells. It sells because fear is a more powerful emotion than greed. Newspaper editors know that, which is why the front pages are often so depressing. But sometimes you need to dig inside the paper for a more balanced view. The bad news has been dominant in global markets in recent years, starting […]