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Hiring…..? Go for the older guys! Part deux.

In an earlier but extremely popular posting entitled –Hiring Portfolio Managers? Go for the older guys! – I hinted that age discrimination, at least when it comes to the investment industry is a bad idea, even if it is endemic.  I have no supporting … Continue reading

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Out with the Treasuries, in with Corporates!!!

Is it time to gravitate towards U.S. corporate bonds and get out from the behind the sanctuary of treasuries? Many argue that the recent drift upwards of the benchmark 10-year treasury yield is a blip. Others believe that it is … Continue reading

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Fund flows point to continued strength in global equity markets!

Back in September I suggested that my favourite contrary leading indicator – the weighting devoted to equities by institutional investors – was pointing to an imminent rally in stock markets. Once again it proved robust. But what’s happened since then? … Continue reading

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GOLD? How to avoid BAD timing!

I deal with the sensitive issue of ‘timing’ in both my books, and many (if not all) of my commentaries on this Website. One of the key warning signs I presented last year was when bigger organizations (usually run by … Continue reading

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Fairfax – Folly of Risk Management Part Deux!

A mere three days after publishing my brief rant about The Folly of Risk Management we learned that Fairfax Financial Holdings lost a chunk of money on their investments because of the hedges in place. To be fair, these same … Continue reading

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The FOLLY of Risk Management

Every closet economist knows that risk is the most difficult concept to put a number to.  Most modelling relies on various (historic or predicted) estimates of volatility, but volatility is a very funny thing.  We often forget, especially during economic … Continue reading

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Shareholder Activism or Terrorism? The Line is BLURRY

At least 20 years ago, I was a director of our local CFA society, in charge of corporate governance which of course was very early days in the evolution of increasing expectations concerning the accountability of senior management. I recall … Continue reading

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