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  1. Business - Money - MARKET DISTORTIONS

    Investing for abnormal times

    Posted Nov 12th 2012, 12:00am by Satyajit Das

    ... in the past. There has been a marked shift in the investment climate. Investors must reshape their tactics for abnormal times. The world is moving to a slower growth path, affecting corporate earnings ... in China. The Viagra of investment- leverage- which drove high returns before 2007, is less available today as the global economy cuts debt. Bill Gross- the head of Pimco, the world's biggest ...

  2. Beware regulators who start to offer investment advice

    Posted Aug 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland In most markets, the dividing line between investment advisers and regulators is clear. Advisers tell you what they think you should buy or sell. In return, they earn a fee, ... investment advice in his own right. And you certainly don't expect the regulator to try to steer the market up and down. On the mainland, however, things work differently. Concerned about ...

  3. It's a fact: art investing pays off

    Posted Sep 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Mark Graham Owning an art collection guarantees a daily dose of aesthetic pleasure but can it also be an asset that appreciates more rapidly than more conventional investment tools? ... and I always say the only way to make good investments is to buy low and sell high! The key with buying art is to buy within your budget, it should not exceed 10 per cent of your total wealth, ...

  4. Dividends play a growing role in the right investment mix

    Posted May 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Stephen Vines In fashionable investment circles, talk of dividends is deemed to be boring. But boring old share dividends are coming into their own as bank deposits offer returns barely ... investments in bonds to a more or less equal split with shares paying reasonable dividends. He said: 'Coming out of the financial crisis, the opportunity in credit and corporate bonds ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Market-beating monkeys give hope to retail investors

    Posted Apr 27th 2013, 12:00am by Andrew Sheng

    ... Andrew Sheng Andrew Sheng says in the art of investing, we can't ignore the basics or stint on time and effort When even monkeys can beat the market, there's hope for retail ... that US$100 invested at the beginning of 1968 would have yielded US$5,000 by the end of 2011, but half the monkey (computer-simulated) portfolios managed US$8,700, a quarter made more than US$9,100 ...

  6. An investment strategy that has really gone to the dogs

    Posted Apr 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with Tom Holland In investment the simplest ideas are often the most compelling. Take the 'dogs of the Dow' investment strategy. It's straightforward, elegant, and wildly popular with American investors. The idea is that at the beginning of each year investors should look at the 30 stocks which make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average. For each of the index ...

  7. Don't trust your instincts when investing

    Posted Jul 05th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Alanson

    ... there's a good chance you could benefit from taking George's approach to equity investments. Retail investors habitually buy high and sell low. The reason for this is that when markets ... ought to be owning more equities, but if you were George Castanza and invested against your instincts, you would be up by 30 per cent or so today. Given that equity markets around the world ...

  8. The constant chase for a quick profit in equities offers dim prospects for growth

    Posted Aug 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... and the misalignment of incentives throughout the equity investment chain. These underlying trends are reflected in facts about the UK equity market. British companies are investing less in the real economy ... Global demographics are changing the long-term investment strategy of retail investors. Throughout the advanced markets, baby boomers are reaching retirement age and are less interested in growth ...

  9. The investment equivalent of judging a book by its cover

    Posted Jun 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with Tom Holland Stock investors everywhere like nothing better than a simple, straightforward investment story. In recent months, they have found one: that China will lead the world out ... As the first of the two charts below shows, US$1 invested in a portfolio of 'China names' in September 2006 would have been worth more than US$3 by October the following year. In contrast, ...

  10. China Investment Corp forecast to zoom in on HK stocks

    Posted Oct 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... when it starts building its foreign investment portfolio, said Michael Wong, a research director at Hantec Investment International. 'Excluding its investments in the domestic state-owned banks, China Investment Corp will have at least tens of billions of US dollars to invest in foreign financial markets,' Mr Wong said. 'Hong Kong stocks will definitely be one of its top ...




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