Tandem Thinking

21 Jun

Counting the cost of living (too) long

The fear of dying is right up there on the list of top fears people have. But apparently, the fear of public speaking is even higher on that list. If this is true, then it seems that when the average person goes to a funeral,...

21 Jun

Eyes on the ball, please!

There’s a story of a man walking his dog in London. The man has done the same walk for years, starting at Primrose Hill, strolling across Regent’s Park and ending at the Boating Lake. The dog has boundless energy and never walks in a straight...

18 May

Whoever Says Money Can’t Buy Happiness?

We’ve all heard the good old saying ‘…money can’t buy happiness’. But regardless of what economists and social scientists tell us about the relationship between money and happiness, most people seem inclined to find out for themselves! Perhaps the truth a little more nuanced. Money satisfies...

29 Apr

Mind the (Behaviour) Behaviour Gap

It’s highly unlikely you will read this in the money section of your Saturday newspaper, but an average investor losses an estimated 2.49%pa in investment returns to ‘behaviour gap.’  Behaviour gap (or performance gap) is the difference between return on an average fund and the...

20 Feb

The Banker, The Fisherman and The Quest for More

You’re probably familiar with the story of a Mexican fisher man and an American investment banker, but humour me. The banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when the fisherman docked his little boat and a conversation ensured. The banker complimented...

10 Feb

Beware Of Clairvoyants and Economic Forecasters!

The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable. John Kenneth Galbraith Everywhere you look these days, clairvoyants clocked up as experts are falling over one another to register their predictions as to what the markets will do next. There are few...