The history of diversification

Diversification is a key building block of successful long-term investing and has been called “the only free lunch in finance.”¹ While its origins can be traced back millennia, it has developed dramatically in recent years as markets have grown and new instruments emerged. But now with both equity and bond valuations very high, the diversificationContinue reading “The history of diversification”

Protecting your portfolio during periods of rising inflation

Inflation is a topic that has dominated the financial news lately. With the world now reopening after the coronavirus pandemic, and cashed-up consumers unleashing pent-up demand, inflation is beginning to rise. In the US, inflation jumped 4.2% in April — the largest increase since September 2008. Investors are worried that higher inflation will force the world’s central banksContinue reading “Protecting your portfolio during periods of rising inflation”

Inflation: The cash-eating parasite we forget about

Let’s begin with the complex reality of investing and money: the latter doesn’t grow on trees and everybody wants a piece of yours. There are parties (or parasites) that chip away at your hard-earned cash: some brokers charging ridiculous fees, fund managers doing the same, or the government collecting taxes. However, there is one “charge”Continue reading “Inflation: The cash-eating parasite we forget about”

A Beginner’s Guide to Commodity Trading

What are commodities? A commodity is a basic good or raw material that is used to produce more complex goods. You can think of commodities as the building blocks of the global economy – they’re used to create products that we rely on every day. Examples of commodities include oil, gold, copper, and sugar. What separates commodities from other goods is the factContinue reading “A Beginner’s Guide to Commodity Trading”

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