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Wow…. Just…Wow

Pacific Investment Management Co. paid its former Chief Investment Officer Bill Gross a bonus of about $290 million in 2013, a year in which his Total Return Fund (PTTRX) trailed a majority of peers, according to documents provided to Bloomberg View by someone with knowledge of Pimco’s bonus policies. Mohamed El-Erian, 56, the former chief executive officer who previously…

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ASX 200 Versus Small Ordinaries

Looking at returns for the top 20 got me thinking about the notion of indices primarily dominated by large caps (top20) and those that were made up of smaller issues. This in some ways confirms my notion that the performance of the local market has been extremely secular and does not have broad support. You…

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Returns

With nothing to do on a Sunday afternoon I thought I would have a bit of a play with excel and look at the returns for ASX Top 20 shares. I have split the returns into 1 year, 5 year and 10 years. I have also looked at the maximum drawdown that occurred during that…

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Metals

It has been sometime since I posted a chart of the less glamorous metals. If I could characterise the multi-year performance of this issues it would best be summed up by the word drift. The only real stand out in recent times has been the performance of Aluminium and Uranium. Click the chart below for…

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Gold….Maybe Not The End Of The World

First a personal disclaimer – I am short gold and have been for sometime. However, something about  the current market action intrigues me and my interest is catalysed by the comments that surround gold from both bulls and bears. Of late bearish articles regarding gold have been in the ascendency with predictions that gold might…

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Can Money Buy You Happiness?

At the risk of sounding crass – f@3k yes…… It’s an age-old question: Can money buy happiness? Over the past few years, new research has given us a much deeper understanding of the relationship between what we earn and how we feel. Economists have been scrutinizing the links between income and happiness across nations, and…

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Favourite Quotes

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.” – Mark Twain. “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain…

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