Tips & Insights

The truth will out!

The Financial Conduct Authority has been urged to radically reform how the asset management industry operates by an influential panel set up to advise the watchdog on its policies.

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Are UK investors going to follow their US counterparts?

Investors in the US and Europe are considering taking legal action against fund groups that have sold expensive active funds that do little more than track market performance.

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The Timeless Allure of Stock-Market Timers

Making forecasts is very difficult especially when it’s about the future!

Many investors know better than to rely on bold market forecasts. But they can’t turn away.

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The regulators are closing in

Pressure rises over fund managers which charge high fees but secretly shadow benchmarks

‘Closet index trackers’ must be outed, regulators urged.

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MORNINGSTAR gets it as well!

Are You Paying Through the Nose for a ‘Closet Tracker’?

How to identify if you’re paying for active management but getting passive performance.

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On the relationship between required return & acceptable risk

Everything else is commentary

The traditional approach to evaluating risk tolerance – which has been enshrined into our standard regulatory process for determining the “suitability” of a recommendation – involves gauging a client’s attitudes about risk, their financial…

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Dimensional Funds Praised by Their Competition

Why reinvent the wheel when it comes to smart passive investment when Dimensional have been doing it so well for years?

Successful investing is about being different, about being better than your competition

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Dreams can be expensive

A $300bn pension fund cannot make these investments pay.

Calpers gives up on the hedge fund dream.

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Trouble up at the Barclays mill?

Did they not learn their lesson the first time round?

Barclays fined £37.7m over failure to safeguard clients’ money.

Penalty is largest of more than a dozen issued over compliance.

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As the USA goes, so does the UK eventually?

Investors are pouring money into Vanguard Group, the epitome of the hands-off approach to investing, flocking to funds that track market indexes and aren’t run by stock pickers or star managers.

Read more at The Wall Street Journal

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