Golden Week - more gilded than usual

Golden Week in Japan is more gilded than usual this year. The traditional string of public holidays in early May has been padded out with extra celebrations to welcome a new imperial era - Reiwa - as Emperor Akihito steps aside in favour of his son, Crown Prince Naruhito.

30 April 2019 | Tom Stevenson
The biggest election the world has ever seen

The biggest election the world has ever seen

The last three years have raised questions about the health of the UK's parliamentary democracy, but the system that was created in its image in India has surprised everyone with its resilience and longevity. This week, 900m voters will take part in what will be the biggest election the world has ever seen.

08 April 2019 | Tom Stevenson
Nowhere more so than in the world of investment

Nowhere more so than in the world of investment

Even on April Fools Day, we like to think that  we’re pretty worldly-wise. But there's plenty of fake news and myths peddled as the truth. And maybe nowhere more so than in the world of investment...

01 April 2019 | Tom Stevenson
When things are so bad, they're actually good

When things are so bad, they're actually good

Past 'national emergencies' such as the miner's strike or the collapse of Northern Rock were all good times to invest in the UK stock market. So, is Britain's current political humiliation just the latest example of things being so bad they're actually good?

25 March 2019 | Tom Stevenson
The only certainty in investing is uncertainty

The only certainty in investing is uncertainty

It is sometimes said that markets hate uncertainty. This is not strictly true. Uncertainty is a key feature of markets - it creates the tension between buyers and sellers that sets prices. Without uncertainty there is no market. What we can say is that rising uncertainty tends to depress prices and vice versa. Whether you love or hate uncertainty depends, therefore, on whether you are a buyer or a seller.

19 February 2019 | Tom Stevenson
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