In the pursuit of efficiency

In this fast-paced world in which we live, where productivity and ‘being busy’ are a constant focus I find that there is increasingly less time in the day to finish all the tasks and activities I need to do.  So, I am always on the lookout for tips and tricks that can make my life

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Portfolio Diversification II: The importance of fine-tuning

Last year I addressed the concept of portfolio diversification and how we can assess it quantitatively through the use of return correlations. Just to recap: Correlation refers to the strength of the co-movement between two assets or portfolios (ranging from -1.0 or perfect negative correlation to +1.0 or perfect positive correlation) Diversification benefits – where

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Global Market Outlook: March 2017 – Equities looking over extended

Global equities made further gains in February, still buoyed by signs of an improving economic outlook and limited upside pressure on bond yields and the US dollar. While the longer-term outlook remains encouraging, however, equity markets look over extended in the short-run and could pull back once the extent of US President Trump’s fiscal stimulus

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Randomness is not random

‘If you would be a real seeker of truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.’ – Rene Descartes This post is the first in a series I will be writing on investor psychology and technical analysis. To begin, I would like to talk

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Could the S&P/ASX 200 reach and hold 6000 this year?

Since bottoming in February last year, and especially since the election of Donald Trump as US President, the Australian equity market has posted good gains, with the S&P/ASX 200 now within striking distance of the psychological 6000 level.  This post assesses both the technical and fundamental challenges facing the market. All up, the analysis suggests that

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Investing profitably with a conscience – ethical or mythical?

Current investors have never had more choice when it comes to investment opportunities, but with all this choice there’s always been one common objective – and that is to make a profit. But what if you, as an investor, were able to make that profit by investing in companies or organisations which marry their commercial

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Time is on my side – equities for the long run

We all know the equity market has its ups and downs. Bullish runs are often interrupted by sharp corrections or extended bearish periods, even amid little change in fundamentals. With so much ‘noise’, how should investors be thinking about their equity investments? I studied the historical data to try to get some answers about longer

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