Why trading is very different to investing.

When we manage our wealth, we need to look beyond our current needs and to the next generations. The first objective is not to lose the money we have earned, and the second objective is compound growth. Historically, the best...

Why some people work in equities and others in fixed income.

The first time I entered the building of one of the big investment banks in Canary Wharf, it was awe inspiring. The sheer scale of the huge entrance hall immediately made me feel very small. Not that I was not...

How risk-free trading was created and why it was too good to last.

In the late eighties, we learned how to use computers to manage our investment strategies. The ability to perform countless calculations with an ever-increasing set of available data, meant we could bett...

Why focus is the only thing that matters when it comes to managing our money. 

There are a lot of things to look at when it comes to financial markets. Almost everything is listed on publicly traded exchanges these days. Between equites, bonds, commodities, and all sort...

Why betting on prices falling isn’t as easy as it looks.

Hindsight is a beautiful thing, particularly when it comes to predicting market crashes and I am seeing a lot of chatter on social media asking “well, why didn’t you just go short?”. For those readers who are not...

Why patterns are not meant to be broken.

The trend is your friend and we all know that. It simply means that until further notice, whatever has happened before, will continue to happen again. If the markets are going up, they will continue to go up and likewise, if the...

Think of buying equities for the long term as stepping onto an escalator. The name of the game is growth and we trust that things will go up in value thanks to father time. It is a tried and tested strategy and 97% of all wealth managers buy and hold equities as part o...

I once worked for a despot who exercised his power with excruciating cruelness. One particular episode is still very vivid in my mind when we were invited to an off-site meeting, with about 10 of the senior managers of the firm. It started off well enough with a nice b...

Genius and folly are oftentimes very closely linked together. Both imply going against convention and yet they are measured by entirely different outcomes. History is a brutal judge in how we remember those that did seemingly great or utterly stupid things. Ronald Wayn...

There really is something very exciting about letting the dice roll and betting on the outcome. The odds are known, the rules of the game are clear and if we get lucky, we win the whole lot. It is estimated that more than 1.6 billion people gamble during any given year...

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