Category Archives: Education

Annual budget sideshow is just a distraction

“The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.”   – John Maynard Keynes Another year, another budget! This time every year in Ireland the focus moves to the budget announcement of the Irish … Continue reading

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The “20 Hours” Learning Challenge

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi I have tried but I can’t find a better quote than the above when it comes to learning. For me, the pursuit … Continue reading

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What do you want?

Over the weekend I watched Good Will Hunting, without doubt my favourite movie. I must have watched it well over a hundred times at this stage. The movie which earned two Oscars, Best Original Screenplay for writers Matt Damon and … Continue reading

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Words of Wisdom from Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali once said that “It’s not bragging if you can back it up”. As the world reflects on the passing of a legend, and his 74 years on this planet, it is fair to say that Ali lived up … Continue reading

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Thoughts from the London Value Investor Conference

On Thursday of last week I attended the annual “London Value Investor Conference”. This is the fifth year for the conference since it was established in 2012, of what can only be described as an investment marathon of a day … Continue reading

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The Investment Challenge: In One Chart

If I was asked for one chart to sum up the current investment environment, the below would be it. This chart shows the German yield curve, which plots the yields on German government bonds with maturities ranging from 1 month … Continue reading

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Interview Series: Colombia as a place to invest

As I have mentioned previously, I met with officials from Colombia’s Finance Ministry during my trip to the country in March. While the focus of our meeting was on the fundamentals of the Colombian economy, I was keen to learn more … Continue reading

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Interview Series: 11 Questions for the Minister of Finance

Ireland was the fastest growing economy in Europe in 2015, ranked by percentage change in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the economic indicator which captures the value of all goods and services in an economy. While there has also been a … Continue reading

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2016, we go again!

Well, we go again. Another year, new resolutions, new goals or perhaps for some a preference to just drift and lament what ‘they would do different, if they only had the time, or the money’. Whatever your current situation or … Continue reading

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Long Dated Bond Funds: Beware of the Risk!

Recently, we have seen more pension scheme members expressing an interest in long dated government bond funds, ironically just as yields have started turning.  While investors are clearly being attracted by the returns of the last 3 years, the near 10% … Continue reading

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