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How to be your own investment manager

Three simple rules — pay less, diversify more, and be contrarian — will serve almost everyone well.

How to invest for a comfortable retirement

Regular investment in an Isa or Sipp, focusing on a diverse range of equities and property (rather than bonds) is likely to serve most investors well, especially if costs are kept to a minimum. As confidence grows, a contrarian approach can reduce risk without compromising return.

Reflection on the Kay Review and corporate governance

John explains the one thing he'd do if he could now revise the Kay Review of UK Equity Markets and Long-term Decision Making and identifies ways to improve corporate governance.

Ransacked: A new film about Iceland and the financial crisis

John appears towards the end of this trailer.

Deutsche Bank interview on BBC World Service

John explains how the current problems at Deutsche Bank are symptomatic of analytical and political failures following the 2008 financial crisis, which have allowed the industry to continue without a much-needed restructuring.

Essays on modern monetary policy pt. 3: The folly of negative...

Business history, of a sort, was made last week by the French pharmaceutical company, Sanofi, its blood thinner Plavix familiar to those with arteriosclerosis,...

The Long and the Short of It (2nd edition): Foreword

This is the forward to the second edition of The Long and the Short It, which is due to be published December 1st and is available for pre-order from the shop on this website.

The Long and the Short of It: New edition coming soon

A new and completely revised edition of The Long and the Short of It - finance and investment for normally intelligent people who are...

Open end or closed end?

Within days of Britain’s EU referendum vote, the country’s largest property unit trusts had closed to redemptions and slashed their asset values, or both. The promise of easy redemption resembled the umbrella that is recalled when it begins to rain. Open-ended property funds are not fit for purpose as retail investment vehicles. Perhaps it is time to query the dominance of open-ended vehicles in the savings market more generally.

The problems at Deutsche Bank

Deutsche bank’s share price has fallen by more than half in the last year. For some insight into the background see these two extracts...

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