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Two simple changes to my routine made me a much better investor
Asset Management
As Charlie Munger and Howard Marks have recently lamented, “Investing is not supposed to be easy. Anyone who finds it easy is stupid.” Few seasoned investors would dispute this; however there are simple things which can make the difficult task of successful investing easier. One of the areas I’ve been focusing on recently is my daily routine. Daily routines tend
Morgan Stanley jobs
Capital Markets
Surely no connection? Former British chancellor of the exchequer Alistair Darling is set to join the board of Morgan Stanley, reports the Financial Times. (paywall) [He] played a central role in battling the economic crisis that hit Britain after the crash of 2008, including overseeing the nationalisation of Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group. Separately, the FT writes: Morgan Stanley
Caption contest: the Black Swan edition
Lifestyle
Three sets of five until exhaustion. pic.twitter.com/MemPCalylz — NassimNicholasTaleb (@nntaleb) December 5, 2015
Greater China hedge funds post third-straight month of gains
Hedge Funds
Some of their managers may have taken extended holidays but according to Eurekahedge’s flash update, Greater China-focused funds are among the biggest winners of 2015: The Eurekahedge Greater China Hedge Fund Index continued its recovery posting its third consecutive month of gains and was up 0.85% in November with underlying markets posting mixed returns as the Hang Seng Index slumped 2.84% during
Startups don't actually create that many jobs, say economists
Venture Capital
Technology startups create jobs. It's the well worn mantra used every time governments extol the virtues of a booming startup industry.  But how many job do they create? Not that many, say the experts. Re/code has highlighted a recent paper from Oxford economists Thor Berger and Carl Benedikt Frey that is just one of several pieces of research that show tech
Daily Scan: Commodities rout drains stocks
Capital Markets
Updated throughout the day December 8, 2015 Energy shares dragged down stocks Tuesday, with the Dow losing 0.9%. The S&P 500 fell 0.7% and the Nasdaq dropped 0.1%. Brent crude oil fell below $40 a barrel for the first time since 2009, and ended the day at $40.26. U.S. crude oil ended the day at $37.51 a barrel. The Stoxx
Video: No more 'one-size-fits-all' for wealth management marketers
Customization is the key to success in our diverse, global wealth management world, says April Rudin. Speaking at a Financial Research Associates conference, the wealth marketing expert advises clients to find multiple "entry points" for investors and to even forget millennials vs boomers. Focus on the individual.
Nervous investors look for smart beta
Asset Management
The most searched for term in 2015 on investing dictionary Investopedia.com was... "smart beta." According to Investopedia, "smart beta" is  a "new, popular financial product that attempts to beat indexed funds, but many investors are still not familiar with it." Market commentators have spent 2015 talking about how the market seems broken, writes Business Insider. The August 24 flash crash brought up
Pimco's dream team
Asset Management
Pimco has had a few problems this year. Despite solid performance, the world's biggest bond fund manager has suffered monthly redemptions and an embarrassing power struggle that culminated in cringe-worthy, bunny-burner antics by former boss and star fund manager Bill Gross. To buoy up investor confidence, it has appointed an advisory board of the great and good. All very accomplished, but like
Deutsche Bank upgrades its business with robo-adviser
FinTech
Deutsche Bank has just become the latest among a growing group of asset managers incorporating robo-adviser technology. The German investment bank’s latest tool, AnlageFinder, was developed with fintech firm Fincite and uses questionnaires and algorithms to tailor equities portfolios for existing customers, Reuters reports. Deutsche Bank is keen to keep up with industry peers, and the new platform is way