TRAILS

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29 Jul

The real value of good advice

The number of investment failures that have hit the headlines in recent weeks is a reminder of the value of good financial advice. Earlier this year, London Capital & Finance (LCF) collapsed after Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) launched an investigation and forced the firm to suspend...

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29 Jul

Book Review: The HappySelf Journal

If you have young children or grandchildren, then I highly recommend the HappySelf Journal as a gift for them. It is a daily journal for children aged 6 to 12, based on scientifically proven methods that promote happiness, develop healthy habits for life and nurture...

2018
29 Jan

2018: A review of investment returns

After six consecutive years of positive returns, in 2018 the UK stock market declined by 9.5%, while the global stock markets declined by about 3%. A careful observer might argue that a ‘correction’ was long overdue, given the generous return of prior years. However, that hasn’t...

diversification
29 Jan

Reaping the benefits of diversification

As we’re sure you know by now, diversification is a hallmark of our investment, not just across asset classes but also across geographies and risk factors. We implement this idea is through diversification: Across global mainstream stocks, bonds and property shares (known as Real Estate...

bookjan
29 Jan

Book Review: The Behavioral Investor by Daniel Crosby

In this book, Dr Crosby examines the human behavioural tendencies that often get in the way of investment success. Crosby analyses sociological, neurological and psychological conditions that influence our investment decisions and provides practical solutions for resolving these issues. The Behavioral Investor then transfers these lessons...

david-booth
29 Jan

David Booth on Forecasting

In the following video, Dimensional founder David Booth reflects upon decades of experience of operating in the capital markets to explain a valuable point regarding many of the issues we’ve discussed in this newsletter. As long-term investors, we try to ignore the ‘noise’ emanating from the...

art1-nl-aut
25 Sep

Lessons from the Global Financial Crisis

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the collapse of U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers. The run on the bank, previously seen as indestructible, sent shockwaves through global markets, sparking a series of event from which we have yet to properly recover. Financial journalist Jason Zweig...