Geiger Counter-Fear

There are two broad themes impacting investors globally at present; hysteresis and uncertainty. Arguably there is a third background theme of financial repression, but if we focus on the two main themes of hysteresis and uncertainty and deal with the latter first.

A Hit To The Trust Bank

Any marketing or management executive will tell you that customer intimacy is hard to gain and easy to lose.

Old Glories

The US has never been a happy hunting ground for UK retail investors as it has traditionally been an area of the market where few managers have consistently outperformed.

Short Memories

JPMorgan hit headlines this week for the up to $3 billion loss made on a single bet, which has seen their share price drop close to 19% since the beginning …

Name Change

US bank-owned asset managers selling into Europe may be forced to rename a large swathe of funds to work around new US regulation. But what impact will a brand change …

Second Swallow

The Western world has been holding its breath for a financial recovery for almost three years, waiting for the economic calamity of 2007 to work its way through the system …

Rationalism Please

As a Twitter user, this burningpants correspondent has been confounded by the flurry of tweets by senior economic analysts clamoring for more regulation and government intervention into the markets. Marx …

Basel Worries

In the midst of the hubbub surrounding the US debt crisis talks in the media, it might have been easy to miss the small reports about HSBC’s decision to shed …

Better Than Zero

Risk averse retirees could face the sobering prospect of running out of money before they die given the current low returns on conservative assets. The present ‘close to zero’ returns …

Sending Money Long Distance The Easy Way

The world of banking and saving keeps getting smaller and faster – in Nairobi recently Kenya’s biggest mobile phone operator launched a service called M-Pesa that allows subscribers to send …