Advisers’ Stock Recommendations Drag Down Clients’ Portfolios

Investors trading stocks with assistance of financial advisers are more diversified and overcome some common pitfalls, a new working paper from European researchers found. But they are worse off overall than investors who trade independently, because their stock purchases underperform, the study says. The findings suggest advisers “do not help investors make superior stock purchases,”…

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Size Matters

With all the chatter about ETF’s I thought I would generate a dodgy collection of ETF’s and then look at their current market capitalisation. When I started the exercise I was interested to see where the liquidity risk might lie within the spectrum of the ETF’s I was looking at. When looking at an instrument…

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Trust Me Im An Expert

The next time you sit down to read the business section of the paper or watch one of the business shows consider this – “The more people believed they knew about finances in general, the more likely they were to overclaim knowledge of the fictitious financial terms. The same pattern emerged for other domains, including…

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What A Brilliant Idea

This is a rare feel-good story about financial literacy. In 1996, John Rogers, head of $11 billion Ariel Investments, helped start an elementary school focused on financial education in a low-income neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. Each class gets a portfolio and buys and sells its own stocks. Students get a portion of…

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And The Boredom Party Continues

Just when you think something interesting might be about to happen.   Although, in the short term it is hard to see any dramatic break to the upside when the number of shares doing the heavy lifting seems to be tapering off.

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So Where Is The 60 Minutes Feature

Whenever I wonder why things dont work all that well in Australia, or I look at Asia and see some of the stunning progress that is being made by countries that lack all of our natural advantages. I am reminded that young people who do things such as winning a Gold Medal at the International Maths…

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Meet the Man Who Flies Around the World for Free

Schlappig, 25, is one of the biggest stars among an elite group of obsessive flyers whose mission is to outwit the airlines. They’re self-styled competitors with a singular objective: fly for free, as much as they can, without getting caught. In the past 20 years, the Internet has drawn together this strange band of savants…

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And The Came Ludicrous Speed

Tesla have just announced that their Model S sedan will now come with an optional ludicrous speed mode. This promises to push the hyperactive buzz box to 100 kph in around 2.8 seconds. To put that into context the quickest bus I have owned will do it in about 4.4 seconds and a $3,000,000.00 plus…

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