November 23, 2017

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Monetary-easing policy options

European Central Bank

This slowly-developing environment of greater tolerance towards easy-money policies makes it less likely that the European Central Bank will be prevented from implementing more unconventional measures, if they become necessary. [Read more…]

Strong Euro, Weak Dollar

euro notes

One of the more difficult decisions facing investors is what is going to happen to the euro. [Read more…]

Explosion waiting to happen

Stable ranging is an explosion waiting to happen

reaction lows

Here are a few highlights of the abundant practical advice on technical analysis he gives in his book…

This article continues on from the first article: Keys to Improving Your Investment Profits

Trends: Correctly judging these – the ones to ride with, and the ones that suggest they are reversing direction – is of major importance. Consistency is one of the key characteristics to look for, and one of the most reliable indications that values will continue trending in the same direction. [Read more…]

Keys to Improving Your Investment Profits

Crowd Money - Eoin Treacy

Crowd Money: A Practical Guide to Macro Behavioural Technical Analysis* is, in my opinion, the best new book on investing to be written for many years. [Read more…]

Just a matter of time

 

Currency Reserves

Currency Reserves

There are reasons why major nations haven’t done this yet. But the probability is that they will be driven into doing so in time, as global economic growth remains sluggish, governments fail to implement the radical reforms needed to kick-start higher growth, annual borrowings required to finance fiscal deficits stay high, and the private sector becomes increasingly unwilling to lend money to governments at derisory rates of interest. [Read more…]

Profligate money creation in Europe

European Central Bank - Mario Draghi

European Central Bank – Mario Draghi

Japan’s central bank is under pressure from the newly-elected government to step up its easy-money policies. [Read more…]

Multi-asset strategies essential

Multi-asset strategies

Multi-asset strategies essential as volatility continues, say Barings

– Barings’ annual study of best and worst performing asset classes shows sharp swings in performance
– While European equities top the 2012 list, the class was one of the worst performing in 2011 and 2010

Annual research from Baring Asset Management (“Barings”) into the best and worst performing asset classes over the past five years has revealed that sharp swings in performance for mainstream investment sectors continued in 2012, underscoring the benefits of a multi-asset approach to investing. While European equities lead the way in terms of 2012 performance, returning 17.8%, the asset class was one of the worst performing in 2011 as well 2010 and 2008 (see table below). [Read more…]

Liquidity, forgotten trap

Liquidity: an oft-forgotten trap

 

Liquidity: an oft-forgotten trap

Liquidity: an oft-forgotten trap

You need to plan for cashing in some or all of your investments, either for a predictable expense such as financing a child’s university education, or an unpredictable one such as bringing money back into your country to finance a business. [Read more…]

Basics of Financial Planning

The Basics of Sound Personal Financial Planning

Basics of Financial Planning

Basics of Financial Planning

Globalization has changed our personal financial circumstances dramatically in a way that was unthinkable for our grandparents. My own situation is not unusual – I am domiciled in one country, live much of the year in another, and holiday in a third, holding citizenships of two of them. [Read more…]

Lessons from the Sauna Club

The Sauna Club

The Sauna Club

Investor attention now is focused on the “Pigs” – the member-nations on the periphery of the Eurozone whose debt bubbles threaten to explode and fragment the currency union. [Read more…]