Over the past three decades there have been plenty of shocks to dissuade people from investing. Our data shows what happened after each event. Wars, disasters, economic strife and political instability have been persistent themes over the last three decades. Such events can affect people’s attitude towards investing. In many cases they make an already tough decision to … [Read more...] about 29 reasons not to invest in the stock market
In the “Year of the Pig”, China will likely continue grappling with slower growth, a mountain of debt and a trade war with the US. But according to Chinese legend, the pig is a sign of good fortune – which is consistent with our long-term view of China’s economic potential. Fattened up on debt and penned in by trade? We expect China may deliver slower growth in the near … [Read more...] about Will the “Year of the Pig” be a prosperous one for China?
Many people go on diets or exercise regimes in January and typically people start with lots of enthusiasm but then they quickly give up. Shaping up your finances is a similar challenge - it is about making this a habit and continuing throughout the year. Getting help is important, whether that is professional financial advice or just a friend or family member who can … [Read more...] about Eight New Year’s resolutions for personal finance fitness
Truisms are, by definition, things that we either know or believe to be true. In life there are many things we take at face value as being true without seeking out evidence to affirm (or contradict) those beliefs. So let’s consider one of greatest truisms in life (and investing): “Do not put all your eggs in one basket”. Could it be the case that this old … [Read more...] about Do put all your eggs in one basket….!
There is no easy solution to the problem of rising economic inequality, but we may be able to address it with a more enlightened tax system – one that maintains incentives for work and investment while improving economic efficiency. … [Read more...] about Tackle inequality by transforming the tax system