The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is to launch an investigation into investment platforms such as Hargreaves Lansdown, amid concerns that market competition may not be delivering value to consumers. The FCA says its forthcoming Investment Platforms Market Study will: …consider how investment platforms and firms offering similar services in adjacent markets compete to win new […]

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There is nothing like investing when it comes to exposing yourself as a weak-minded gimboid. I know all about buying stocks low and selling high. I understand the rationale behind Warren Buffet’s aphorism, “be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.” Yet when my portfolio hits red, I fret. And when […]

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What caught my eye this week. I enjoyed a top floor view over the Thames this week at the book launch for the second edition of Lars Kroiker’s Investing Demystified. It was a pleasure too to meet his family including his young children, one of whom said she hadn’t read her father’s book because it […]

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A heatwave struck London the week I decided to revamp my home office. I usually enjoy assembling flat pack furniture. Less so in a DIY sweatshop. Perhaps the resultant lethargy is one reason why I’ve been lingering over the paperwork the rearrangement brought back to the surface. Bundles of old bank statements. Letters confirming the […]

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What caught my eye this week. Passive investors who dabble with the value factor and wannabe Warren Buffetts alike know that every few years, the ‘value is best’ mantra gets kicked into the long grass. Value investing – basically buying cheap companies and ideally shorting expensive ones – has a great long-term record. However sometimes […]

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