Friday, December 2, 2011

Government debt explained (in a few minutes)

Learn in a few minutes what the monetary creation through debt, the Fractional Reserve Banking, and the article 123 in the Lisbon treaty are... They are absolutely necessary to understand the causes of the public and private debts which are devastating the developed countries.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Your banker has no more capability of predicting the future than you do

MyPrivateBanking, November 15th 2011

In this interview Trevor Pavitt speaks about what motivated him and co-author Alexandre Arnbäck to write a book that challenges the philosophies and strategies of the existing wealth management industry and that shows private investors how to protect their portfolios without being stressed.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

U.S. and New York Sue Bank of New York Mellon Over Foreign Exchange Fees

Eric Dash and  Peter Lattman, The New York Times , October 4th 2011

Bank of New York Mellon has been charged by two civil suits for consistently overcharging its customers when processing foreign currency transactions. The bank would have cash around US$2 billion.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

A Hesitant Revolution In Paying For Financial Advice, October 3rd 2011

In the UK, financial advisors have until the 31.12.2012 to amend the way they do business and bill their client for the investments advice they provide. They will not be entitled to receive kickbacks from funds or banks anymore. This is a huge steps towards more transparency and less conflict of interest. Let’s hope that other European countries will follow.

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Friday, September 30, 2011

What makes your trust anyone’s investment advice?, September 30th 2011

Developing investment trust should not be left to emotions but should be done through logical evaluation of three elements. First the advisor should have a process and an investment methodology to rely on. Second, the institution should have solid ground. Trusting the individual you are going to work with should be the last piece of the equation.

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Friday, August 26, 2011

How to Manage Your Investment Anxiety

Sally, Market Riders, August 26th 2011 

How to calm during period of volatile markets.  Care only about what you can control : accept the fact that no one can predict the future, reduce your investment fees and choose the right asset allocation.

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Mutual Fund Merry-Go-Round

David F. Swensen, New York Times, August 13rd 2011

Yale University’s chief investment officer and author of “Unconventional Success: A Fundamental Approach to Personal Investment,” David Swensen, revels the truth behind mutual funds. Swensen successfully exposes the conflict of interest between hedge funds serving their clients and serving themselves. He also proposes two ways in which the Securities and Exchange Commission (S.E.C) can help to amend this unfortunate situation, as well as advice for investors on how to lower their costs and invest with mutual funds that eliminate their conflict of interest.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

A very positive consequence of passive investing

Robin Hindle Fisher, Financial times, July 11th 2011

Response by Robin Hindle Fisher ( London Business School) to FT article "Seeking an antidote to mindless investment" to add some missing information about advantages of Passive investing, namely on long-term investor responsibility.

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Here's One Way to Beat the Market

Jason Zweig, The Wall Street Journal, June 4th 2011

Interesting article showing that a lot of managers compare themselves to the S&P500 excluding dividends while their performance includes dividends. Jason Zweig names the manager who did make this type of “unfair” comparison.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Españistán, de la Burbuja Inmobiliaria a la Crisis

Aleix Saló, 23 may 2011

This funny video in Spanish explas how the abuse of ina small part of the population can put the whole system at risk.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Inside Job

Trailer of « Inside Job », a 2010 documentary film about the 2008 financial crisis.

How to Invest Better Than the Average Primate

Michael Barr speaks about his inspiration to write « How to invest better than the average primate”, published in 2010.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Davos 2011: Why do economists get it so wrong?

Tim Weber, BBC News Business, January 27th 2011

Five of the world's top economists discussing the difficulties with economic forecasts and why they are mostly wrong. 

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Analysts prove hazardous as contrarian stocks surge

Matt Walcoff and Lynn Thomasson,, January 10th 2011

Yet another example that analysts don't create value and that following financial forecasting is dangerous.

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Bank Analysts Dead Wrong (Again) With Their 2010 Stock Market Predictions, January 3rd 2011

This article summarizes how forecasting can be wrong. This specific case concerns the German market.. 

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