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Lessons From The Beautiful Game

An interesting analogy between football & investment management

The 2018 World Cup kicked off and is expected to be one of the most watched sporting events in the world.

What is unexpected are the results and performances of some of the top teams; four of the top five pre-tournament favourites failed to win their first match and continue to perform unconvincingly so far.

It may not be immediately obvious, but the role of a football manager offers a topical analogy for the skills required and challenges faced by an investment manager.

Is there life in the old frog yet ?

Is there life in the old frog yet ?

February was certainly one of the worst months for stock markets since 2008.

A profound inflation scare led to US equity markets plummeting over 12% in just two weeks before rebounding strongly.

The drama is not over and we remain firmly in the grips of these wild swings with markets falling again during the final days of the month.

Are we heading for another recession or simply a period of heightened market volatility?

What is the value of remaining invested ?

A declining bourse need not be a signal to 'jump ship'

So much news and information is broadcast every day on financial markets and investments that it can make you feel as though it’s never the right time to invest, or remain invested.

Intrinsic carried out a useful statistical comparison that delivered clear results The comparison took data from investors using Intrinsic’s most popular diversified fund over a period that included significant market fluctuations and negative media coverage.

It shows the returns for investors who stayed invested throughout compared to the returns for investors who felt they should sell and missed out on the best month, five best months and ten best months

Will this market volatility sort the 'Wheat from the Chaff'?

Global equity markets have fallen and volatility has spiked. TAM ask if this will this sort the 'Wheat from the Chaff'?

For nine years we have enjoyed a steady, if not rampant, Bull market.

The disaster of 2008 seems long gone...and it is.

For almost six years now, it has been a story of almost unquenched, steady growth in financial assets and benign volatility.

Many investors have been lulled into an almost catatonic state of assuming consistent and steady gains, month after month.

Indeed, with equity markets constantly setting new highs with little or no drawdowns it is understandable why. But, as we all know, there is no such thing and markets will always be at the vagaries of buyers and sellers. The real world has returned...investment is simply not that easy!

Momentum Fund Management Digest - "Coco" Pops - The Dawn Of New Bond Concern

Should investors in the wake of the 2007 financial collapse now be concerned with 'Coco' bonds ?

It was the summer of 2007 when one of the first canaries in the global financial coalmine started chirping.

Over the ensuing months the canary that was Bear Stearns fell from its perch as its hedge funds failed and the bank came under increasing financial pressure, before being sold to JP Morgan at a fire sale price.

Thankfully for the bondholders the new owner took on the debt obligations of the failed bank, a pattern that repeated through the crisis with bondholders being largely spared any loss burden as losses mounted and multi-billion dollar bailouts propped up the financial system.

TAM Market Insight - Message From The Chairman
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TAM Asset Management Chairman Lester Petch shares his current thinking on the markets

"The time has come", the Walrus said, "To talk of many things: Of shoes - and ships - and sealing wax - Of cabbages - and kings - And why the sea is boiling hot - And whether pigs have wings."
The Walrus and the Carpenter, Lewis Carroll

Not wanting to compare my age frame to that of a walrus, I nonetheless do think the time has come “to talk of many things", so here are some core facts and issues I think worthy of note:

Markets continue to make headway and have had an almost unprecedented bull run since April 2009 when TAM wrote its note, “The Green Shoots of Recovery”.
The headlines continue to suggest fear and problems in the political arena (i.e. Mr Trump and Mrs May).
Somewhat extended (but not disastrously so) equity valuations, particularly in the US.
Low, and as yet to be normalised, interest rates in Europe and the UK, although the US is trying.
Low global inflation, but which is picking up.
Brexit - for the UK it’s what, how, when and even who?
The possibility of an early Italian election with anti EU, populist parties competing, neck and neck in the polls with centralist parties.
China – good, bad or just plain ugly?

Neil Woodford View On The UK Economy

"The UK economy is more unbalanced today than ever before" - Neil Woodford

All the talk of rebalancing the UK economy that we heard from policymakers in the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis unfortunately, has led to nothing.

The UK economy is more unbalanced today than ever before.

We had a recent meeting with Darren Winder of the Lazarus Partnership – Darren has been a very valuable input into our investment process for many years and his extensive knowledge and database on the UK economy is pretty much unsurpassed.

We covered a lot of ground during the meeting, but some charts really stood out. Here we provide a few of them, which we believe provide strong evidence of the continued imbalances within the UK economy and the unsustainable nature of recent economic growth.

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