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The Importance of Ignoring the Noise of the Market

Carl Richards, director of investor education at the BAM Alliance 17/10/2014 | “As odd as it may sound, the sooner you start treating your investments like you treat life, the happier you’ll be with the outcome.”

Commodities may be signalling a brighter economic prospect

Simon Ward, chief economist, Henderson Global Investors 17/10/2014 | “The Standard & Poor’s GSCI commodity price index has fallen by 12% in US dollar terms so far in 2014.”

Australian Small Caps: value vs. cheap

Colonial First State Asset Management 17/10/2014 | “For strong free cash flow and returns to be sustainable, a business needs to demonstrate it has sustainable competitive advantages.”

No Smoke, No Mirrors: The Dutch Pension Plan

New York Times, by Mary Williams Walsh 16/10/2014 | When you retire, can you be sure your pension fund will have enough money in it to deliver your pension? This is a real issue in the US, where the most recent data suggest that public funds are holding just 67 cents for every dollar they owe to current and future pensioners.

You only dance twice

William H. Gross, Janus Capital Group 16/10/2014 | “Financial markets are artificially priced. In the bond market, there is nothing normal about a three year German Bund yielding “minus” 10 basis points.”

Hybrids, bear markets and climate change

BR Securities Australia 15/10/2014 | Hybrid prices tend to correlate with equity prices, especially in bear markets. Recent equity declines as well as commodity price declines should make hybrid investors a bit more cautious because of an important subset of the problems currently facing investors - the issue of climate change.

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