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Challenging times for property funds

  Property has traditionally been one of the four main asset classes together with equities, bonds and cash within a well-diversified portfolio designed to reduce volatility and manage risk.  However, things have changed significantly in recent years especially since...

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Is there a bubble in passive funds?

  For some time now there has been a growing number of people voicing concerns that there is a bubble in passive funds.  It is a growing debate about which even the experts do not agree.  So nothing new there then! Nonetheless, it is an interesting argument because...

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Is space investment the final frontier?

When I was a boy I used to love watching the weekly Star Trek TV series in the late sixties.  The introduction “Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and...

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Is SPAC the new South Sea Bubble?

So what is a SPAC? A special purpose acquisition company, SPAC, is a “blank-cheque” shell company designed to take companies public without going through the traditional IPO (stock market flotation) process. SPACs allow retail investors to invest in private...

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Why do shares outperform bonds?

I have unashamedly borrowed the following extract from a recent blog by an American blogger called Cullen Roche. Why do certain asset classes perform the way they do? One of the lessons gleaned from long-term studies is that stocks have historically outperformed...

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The new phenomenon that is digital art

When it comes to art I’ve often wondered if I am a philistine. Maybe it goes back to my abysmal performance in Art O Level at grammar school where I achieved a low-grade E for my efforts. Most of the time I just don’t get it. In fact, my lack of appreciation of the...

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