Every year, almost like clockwork, the 'demography' argument pops up within the broader investment debate, writes David Stevenson.
The bears are wrong
With the bears on a rampage, it is increasingly incumbent on those of us who regard ourselves as cautious optimists to get real about what could go wrong, writes David Stevenson.
David Stevenson says 2016 could still be a rewarding year for investors, despite a turbulent start to the year for world markets.
2016 is finally upon us and here is my watchlist of things to keep an eye on within the investment space this year.
As we fast approach Christmas, I want you to think about the suffering of investment contrarians.
Investment needs to be more 'fun'
I do not want to be awkward or deliberately contrarian but has anyone noticed US equities look expensive again?
The industry needs to agree a proper measure of value added by managers in the investment process, writes David Stevenson.
Alternative finance becoming more mainstream
It is finally time to say adieu to listed hedge fund BlueCrest BlueTrend, which has just tabled proposals to wind up as its market cap has slumped below $100m.
Every once in a while I am forced, reluctantly, away from my ivory contrarian tower, and dumped on to the mean streets of middle Britain to talk to actual, real, living investors and their advisers.
It is fair to say it has become rather fashionable to criticise alternative assets. However, alternatives have been going from strength to strength in one part of the investment universe – the humble and ancient investment trust.
Investing in student property has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years but without wanting to sound, oh, maybe a bit contrarian, I suspect dark clouds may now be looming.
A couple of weeks ago, I came across a new genre of internet TV called the 'Top Ten list' programme.
David Stevenson says it is time there are more products designed by advisers, for advisers.
Confusing the investor
Aim investments from individuals soar
David Stevenson asks why finance professionals continue to charge such high fees for their services in the face of massive technological change.
David Stevenson examines the prospects for global dividend players and the secrets of success when investing in the sector.
The bitter truth about volatility
Don't blame the dividend
I would like to introduce a brand new term called 'false trough spotting'. As a paid-up contrarian, it is my duty to find an asset class that is troughing in price and then declare it as a 'bottom fishing' opportunity.