Commodity markets have reached an inflection point
The robot wars are starting to get exciting. I am not referring to the wonderfully strange TV programme of that name, rather to the inevitable showdown between those platforms offering Robo-Advice Mark 1: cheapest is best.
'Obsession with dividends benefits the wealthy'
The recent laughable rumpus over self-employed national insurance contributions served to underline a bitter truth about our singularly unhealthy public sector finances, which is despite a number of years of solid economic growth we are still only a...
As a fully paid-up member of the evil metropolitan overlord class - aka the 'liberal-left media elite' - I have always been a tad amused by the absence of a second line of attack, namely we are all unnecessarily cynical.
China remains most important issue
It was perhaps obvious that news of the recommended merger between Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life would spark a wave of anxiety about more job losses.
Marine Le Pen could win French election
Mixed signals in the market
Robo-advice is something of a paradox. Despite all the fevered debate and discussion about this being the next big thing in investment, I have yet to run into anyone who invests in any of the blazing new start-ups.
Threat to traditional asset managers
2016 was the year of the value stock, but could some investors be wrong-footed in 2017?
The pensions crisis is a bit like the one currently afflicting the NHS: it never seems to go away.
Infrastructure is hot, again. President-Elect Donald Trump says he is enthusiastic about upgrading the nation's crumbling roads and energy networks.
As global stockmarkets reach record highs, investors are left with a quandary as we tiptoe into 2017.
Populists are all the rage today (except in Austria) but if we want to understand what they might do next - and the likely impact on share prices - maybe it is time to contemplate recent events in India.
There seems to be a curious symmetry between Donald Trump's plans for growth and those of the 'evil, trade dumpers' based in China.
Let us dream up an investment solution for what I call the 'wary mass affluent investor'. They have decided that holding too much cash is increasingly pointless, have been scared senseless by talk of a bond rout, and think yields of 2% to 4% are frankly...
After Donald Trump's win, the cynic might begin to wonder what it will take to shock equity investors into a full-blown sell-off.
Is the FTSE 100 a classic cyclical play or a quality stock lover's nirvana? The index is seen by many as an overly cyclical index, which is dependent on interest rates and oil prices, but the contrarian investor might take a different view.
It strikes me, as we approach the denouement of the whole sorry saga of the US Presidential Election, that global markets are still incredibly complacent, not only just about the possibility of a Donald Trump victory but also of possible post-election...
There is a sad corner of hell reserved for those investors (me included) who spend a large amount of their time scrutinising the tables showing 52-week lows and highs for individual share prices.
It is time to head back to the combustible subject of oil. Regular readers of this column will know that back in early September, I predicted a messy demise for the commodity.
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