Gouging the Gauchos

The recent US supreme court ruling that Argentina's hold-out creditors have the right to be paid in full is a dangerous decision for all countries for two reasons.

Nouriel Roubini, Roubini Global Economics Opinion


Evidence for the stability of risk tolerance

The GFC was the first crisis where good risk profiling tools were in place for a wide range of investors. Two papers look at whether risk tolerances altered materially through it.

Angela Ashton, PortfolioConstruction Forum Research


Geopolitical risk - Implications for portfolio construction

Do geopolitical events involving potential or actual military conflict really matter in the constructing of investment portfolios?

Dominic McCormick, Select Asset Management Opinion


The good guys and the bad guys in the cradle of civilisation

What we are witnessing in Iraq is a war within Islam. Will it mutate into a broader regional war thereby threatening oil supplies?

Jonathan Pain, The Pain Report 5 comments Opinion


Has behavioural finance made us better (investors)?

Are the human and organisational barriers to being better investors insurmountable, or can we learn and improve our decision-making?

Prof Jack Gray, UTS Resources


The lesson of Sarajevo

The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo 100 yrs ago tomorrow lit the fuse to WW1. There are many points of modern relevance in the catastrophe.

Anatole Kaletsky, GaveKal Opinion


Rethinking the Sino-American relationship

The upcoming US/China 6th Strategic & Economic Dialogue is an opportunity for serious reconsideration of the relationship between the world's two most powerful countries.

Stephen Roach, Yale University Opinion


Show me the alpha

This paper examines the oft-considered subject of hedge fund returns, finding far greater dispersion than for traditional fund managers.

Angela Ashton, PortfolioConstruction Forum 3 comments Research


Rates are going up - so don't buy fixed interest?

Everyone knows bond rates are going up - so why would you buy fixed interest? Actually, there are three really good reasons.

Tim Farrelly, farrelly's Opinion


Sunnis on the march

The Islamist surge through central Iraq has the potential to upset the plans of investors who've convinced themselves that volatility is in the past.

Charles Gave, GaveKal Opinion


Don't save 10% of income (spend just 50% of every raise)

The staple of retirement planning - save a percentage of income - makes it surprisingly difficult to ever reach retirement. The alternative is much easier and more successful.

Michael Kitces, Pinnacle Advisory Group Opinion


Capitalism - bruised but still champion

In the wake of the GFC, the public's belief in the free market has taken a battering. But for all its flaws, capitalism remains the best way of creating prosperity.

Oliver Hartwich, The New Zealand Initiative Resources


Undiscovered Fund: Highly active international bond fund

A global fixed interest capability designed to maximise total returns regardless of market conditions, that may be suitable as a specialist or satellite allocation within a portfolio.

Zenith Investment Partners Research


Four things that matter in 2014 and beyond

Here are some brief thoughts on four issues that matter a lot, in our view. Two have been poorly discussed in the financial press, and the other two have been ignored completely.

Dr Woody Brock, SED Opinion