The last few years have seen arguably a closer relationship between politics and investing than in previous decades. With seismic events such as the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum in June 2016 and the United States’ presidential election later that same year, market uncertainty remained at elevated levels during much of the latter half of the last decade
It’s a question that every firm that sells products must ask: How much portfolio diversification is ideal for maximizing profits while minimizing risks? Putting all of a company’s resources into a few focused products is a risky proposition that may not bring the best outcome compared to a more diversified approach. How can a firm harness that winning combination, achieve the most success and measure the results of its strategy?
Bitcoin, now a decade old, was the first cryptocurrency to gain serious investor interest and has held its position as market leader. Although the volatile digital currency has experienced roller-coaster rides since its inception, it is popular for its attributes, such as decentralized, secure, peer-to-peer trading. And its acceptance as legal tender continues to grow. What considerations should investors keep in mind when weighing bitcoin as a possible investment asset?
Fear is among the most compelling human motivators, and sometimes it is appropriate. Often in investing, it is not. Fear of the next recession, underperforming, missing the boat, sustainability issues—the list of fear factors seems endless. Is fear the best investment advisor? How can investors counter fear and achieve their goals of investing in the right vehicles at the right time and accurately determining the right time to sell?
Following on from our recent piece, “Five Industries in Which to Invest in 2019”, we now turn our attention to some of the most promising individual stocks within those industries. Looking forward to 2019, each one of the five sectors certainly appears to have some winners.
Despite the record-breaking highs achieved by US stock markets, 2018 is ending with virtually all those gains wiped out. And it’s not just the United States that has suffered. Germany’s DAX, the United Kingdom’s FTSE 100 and Japan’s Nikkei 225 are all ending the year firmly in the red.
Active fund management, as its name suggests, involves painstaking and laborious analysis of an investment’s potential in an effort to maximize returns, all of which comes at a cost. In response to that cost, and to active fund managers’ failure to beat the markets, there has been an upsurge of interest in—and stream of cash into—passive investment options.
Value investing is one of the most common approaches to investment, a strategy that involves picking stocks based on their intrinsic values. Should a company’s value—as measured through a range of methods—be considered worth more than the
As the developed world struggles to escape economies best characterised by slow growth and high government debt and whilst