Stock market falls – time in the market, timing the market

October has been a rotten month for global stock markets. The FTSE 100 closed at 6,939 yesterday having peaked at 7,877 on 22/5/18 – a decline of 11.9%, although this does not take into account dividends. The S&P 500, a more representative stock market index of the US economy than the Dow Jones peaked at 2,929 on 24/9/18 and closed …

Global Stock Market Falls

They say timing is everything and on reflection the timing of yesterday’s investment blog post about price and value was inappropriate. Global stock markets have tumbled in the last week. An article yesterday on the BBC News website provides a succinct explanation: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-45820640 In summary aggressive interest rate policy in the US and US/China trade wars are the main culprits. …

Black Tuesday – The History and Legacy of the Wall Street Stock Market Crash of 1929

This little book by Charles Rivers Editors made very interesting reading for me over the Christmas period. It was not technical and was written in layman’s terms so it is well worth buying a copy if this brief summary piques your interest. I can only do scant justice to the lessons investors can draw from these historic events in an …

Eeyore Gets Onto The Dance Floor

Following a house and home office move just over a month ago I am slowly surfacing from the many distractions and I am starting to think about investment again. The equity sell-off I expected hasn’t materialised and so it was with interest I read an upbeat assessment for global and UK equities in a trade magazine by Trevor Greetham of …

The Warning of a Canary or Cry of a Wolf?

I had put writing investment blogs on the back burner during a very busy period of advising clients but having recently read dire warnings of impending financial crisis I thought I had better put pen to paper. Firstly a few weeks ago veteran US investor Jim Rogers expressed fears of a financial crash on a scale that will be the …

Time to Exit?

I would not have ordinarily expected to be writing my third blog post 13 days into the New Year. However these are extraordinary times with significant stockmarket volatility and this morning I had two concerned clients e-mail me. One asked if she should be worried and the other noted “that investments were going mad again,” (I love that) and asked …