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16
OCT
2018

Crypto Bubble More Burst than .Com Bubble

Cryptocurrencies have “plumbed new depths”*  The MVIS CryptoCompare Digital Assets 10 Index has fallen 80 per cent since January. This represents a bigger plunge than when the Nasdaq Composite Index dropped 78 per cent following the dot-com crash in 2000. This, of course, does...
16
OCT
2018

Will the ‘Race to Zero Fees” Asset Managers Cause the Next Crash?

In the United States last year, $470bn went into passive equity strategies * and a net $175bn flowed out of the country’s actively managed equity funds. Passive funds now account for close to half of the funds in the US and Asia, and a third of the total in Europe*. The...
01
JUN
2018
Got it wrong

Brutal ESMA Rules for Retail Brokers Come into Effect in August

  The European financial regulator, ESMA, announced that the measures against binary options and CFDs brokers will take effect in August. It had already been announced that Binary options will be prohibited from the 2nd of July. This is undeniably good news for the industry....
21
MAY
2018

Learn about Bonds from the True Experts

PIMCO’s New Digital Education Platform for Advisers   I teach finance to professionals but I am no super-expert in Bonds. I trade them but do not sell them. I can’t say I understand them deeply. I was delighted to see this excellent free course for financial experts...
08
MAY
2018

Unforeseen consequences if MiFID II is a threat to Independent Research

We are pleased to members of Euro IRP – the association which represents independent research providers.  MiFID was meant to unbundle research and make its costs transparent. This should have been an opportunity for independent providers, such as ourselves, to compete with...
29
MAR
2018

Big Bad Moment in Retail Brokerage

On March 27th, European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its long-awaited verdict on the conduct of brokers in the industry. It fulfilled all the fears in the retail brokerage industry and will be fatal for some and force others to merge.  Sadly the excesses of a...
13
MAR
2018

Expectations Lead Reality – Technology Index Makes a New High at Last

We remember the heady days of the .com boom and bubble built on a vision of a future where the world would be driven by technology. The banks and shops on the high street would close. AI would rule. There would be automation everywhere in manufacturing. You would be able to hold...
06
MAR
2018

Cocoa: What a Big Bottom You Have

Over the last 12 months, Cocoa has been forming a very big bottom formation. Big bottoms can support big moves, particularly if there is little resistance to impede it. I see big things for this market  in the coming months – may be a 30% advance in price. Following ...
15
FEB
2018

Past Performance is not an Indicator of Future Success

The phrase “past performance is not an indicator of future success” can be found in the fine print all fund literature. Yet, due to either force of habit or conviction, investors and advisors consider past performance and related metrics to be important factors in fund selection....
01
FEB
2018
Trevor Neil on IG TV

Defensive Cover for a Rampant Stock Market

In this interview on IG.TV I cover strategies to give yourself cover yourself if the market turns but not leave the best bull market ever. These five strategies give you variously themed protection to a fall, particularly a sudden fall in the market, without giving up on the...