Volatility: 10 key messages for investors

Financial markets can be subject to periods of event-related volatility during which investor confidence can be significantly undermined. Here, we provide 10 key messages to help investors steer their portfolios through volatile times. 1. Volatility is a normal part of long-term investing From time to time, there is inevitably volatility in stock markets as investors react nervously to changes in the economic, political and corporate environment. Above all else, financial markets dislike uncertainty. Yet markets are also prone to [...]

2019-09-16T04:57:54+09:30September 16th, 2019|Investment, Quick Tips|

Statistical Fallacy

When the math adds up, the numbers never lie. They're infallible, concrete, impossible to argue with -- however you want to spin it… It turns out that even innocent statistics can be twisted to support any nefarious thing you want to prove. The charts below show the exact same data, however the Y axis has been manipulated to downplay or emphasise weakness in the AUD since last year. Is it more dangerous to drive in NSW or the Northern [...]

2019-10-03T04:50:31+09:30August 19th, 2019|More than just Finance, Quick Tips, The FinSec View|

Musings: The Whole Elephant

There is a famous Indian parable that is taught in philosophy classes throughout the world to prevent absolutism and foster tolerance for the views of others. To paraphrase, six blind men are taken to “see” an elephant for the first