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.
Managers reveal their best contrarian trades
Most financial journalists hate the Budget. All day long we rewrite the same old boring summary of big fiscal changes, with supposedly pivotal impacts on the national body politic.
Three terrible lessons from the Greek crisis
Why I am sceptical about the smart beta revolution
The best hedging strategy in town?
Housing catastrophe or nasty wobble?
Should property investors be rushing for the exit?
Crowded trades in transparent markets