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Investors have a bad habit of doing the wrong thing in the wake of sharemarket lurches such as the one we are experiencing, basing their reaction on gut instinct rather than logic. Newspapers will blare “billions wiped off markets” and nervous investors will obey their overriding...

We live in a complicated and interconnected world. The same values that can drive an investment decision also naturally influence other areas of our lives. Appreciating art has helped me identify what I value, and realised that it has also reflected in my investing style....

Warren Buffett’s belief in the miracle of compound interest is only rivalled by his contempt for gold as a protection against runaway deficits and a supposedly worthless currency. The Oracle of Omaha’s 2019 letter to shareholders in his mammoth Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate is the usual folksy...

'Active management'. It’s a term, like many in the finance world, that is jargon for a simple concept. Simply put, active management is where decisions regarding an investment are made by the analysis of investment professionals, sometimes with quantitative tools to assist. Imagine you wish to...

Imagine your favourite high quality product. It might be coffee beans, avocados, books by a famous author or a gadget. Now, imagine this reliable consumer product drops it’s price by 10%, 20% or more. What do you do? Option one: wait until it’s price goes back...

What is fixed income? Many sharemarket investors are startled when they are told that the global fixed income market is more than twice the size of all those sharemarkets put together. It doesn’t resonate quite so much with retail investors since the big part of the fixed...

Why do I invest? The simple answer would be “to make my money grow” but upon reflection, the reasons for investing are more nuanced and have everything to do with defining my own future. I invest because I work too hard to not have my money...

One of the great misunderstandings among retail and Self Managed Super investors is the belief that infrastructure stocks and property trusts are always good assets to hold if you are seeking a secure income stream. Sometimes, these stocks are even referred to as “bond proxies”, suggesting...