Buffett Wins 10-Year Hedge Fund Bet

Buffett Wins 10-Year Hedge Fund Bet

By David Andrew

David Andrew

In December 2007 the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett, made a $1 million bet that an S&P 500 index fund would beat 10 hedge funds, net of fees, over 10 years.

At the time there wasn’t an immediate rush of hedge fund managers taking up the offer until Ted Seides of Protégé Partners stepped forward to take the bait.  A confident Mr Seides was quoted as saying, … more

How do you Define Retirement?

By Rakesh Shah

Many people only see retirement as the “finish line” of their working life, without considering what it means to be retired, or planning for this new phase of life. In actuality, retirement can prove to be a significant portion of your life if you remain healthy and active. You need to plan this phase of your life as carefully as you planned each phase of your career.  … more

Avoiding Bad Investment Products

By David Andrew

David Andrew

The message for this blog is simple – Life is too short to invest your hard earned money in awful investment products.

To have a successful financial plan there’s four things  all investors should look at: Purpose, Strategy, Investing and Legacy.  While all four components are important the investment piece underpins the whole plan, and a great plan with terrible investments, sadly won’t deliver.… more

Titanic in the Sky – Lessons from QF 32

By Rakesh Shah

The passengers looked troubled, but the Captain’s voice over the aircraft’s PA system was calm and reassuring. The voice was that of Qantas Captain Richard de Crespigny, and I was watching the documentary QF32 – Titanic in the Sky.

For those who have not seen this documentary – QF32 is the story of how one of Qantas’ brand new A380’s had a very close brush with … more

What Quilting and Investing Have in Common

By David Andrew

David Andrew

Last week we celebrated my Mum’s 80th birthday and quite a celebration it was. As family and friends gathered we were reminded of many of Mum’s strengths and in particular her creative streak. You see, she has always had some form of craft on the go, but in the last fifteen years it has been quilting.

Quite remarkable are her creations, too, small pieces of randomly selected … more

Brexit Countdown Begins

By David Andrew

David Andrew

As the UK parliament prepares to trigger Article 50, the long and potentially arduous process of unwinding the UK’s Euro membership begins.  In effect, Article 50 sets off the discussions with Europe over the terms of the future relationship between the parties.

While the notification alone is unlikely to trigger any market reaction, there is no doubt that market participants will be on edge as the process … more

How do you get from A to B?

Smart Investor – March 2017

Research, Trends, Topics and Asset Class Returns for Long-term Investors.

By Song Goh

Song Goh

What is your primary consideration when shopping for a car?

If I could indulge in my fantasy world where money was no object, I would own my dream car, the Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 Coupe that starts in excess of $400,000 for the base model. From the options menu, I’d pick the Nero … more

Smart Investor – October 2016

Research, Trends, Topics and Asset Class Returns for Long-term Investors.

When cheap isn’t bad

I remember as a kid in the 1970’s, Japanese cars being referred to as “Jap. c**p”.  As it turned out the Japanese have had the last laugh on this one, but it’s a generally accepted truth that you get what you pay for. Except that is, in the funds management industry.

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My morning dilemma

By James McLeod

James McLeod

I woke up this morning, checked my phone, today is not Saturday – I am going to work!

Shower, breakfast, coffee, quickly scan the industry emails in my inbox. Despite having over a decade of experience working with financial markets I am STILL perplexed by the world of investment management! This time it was because of an email from a well-known newsletter that had the following two … more

Presidential elections and the stock market

Next month, Americans will head to the polls to elect the next president of the United States. While the outcome is unknown, one thing is for certain: there will be a steady stream of opinions from pundits and prognosticators about how the election will impact the stock market. … more

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