Market Recap: Week of May 25th 2015

Market Recap The majority of the major equity indices closed in positive territory last week, government bond yields moved marginally lower, and volatility picked up in the currency markets, as central banks remained front and centre.

Ode to Liverpool Football Club

The English premier league season came to a close yesterday, one that Liverpool fans like myself will be keen to forget. As a fan, I am the equivalent of that guy who has been saying for years that government bond yields can’t go any…

If you’re not inside, you’re outside!

The real story of the week came from the European Central Bank (ECB). On Monday evening, Benoît Cœuré, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB, gave a speech at an invitation-only conference, attended by hedge fund managers, where he informed guests that the…

Retirement: don’t let your present self screw your future self!

The Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF) recently commissioned a national survey, conducted by IReach, to explore the level of engagement in retirement planning in Ireland and to examine “whether people are being realistic as to their expectations for retirement age”. Their conclusion, and…

The Mortgage Crisis: Interview on The Bottom Line

A discussion on the mortgage crisis with Dolores Martyn, host of “The Bottom Line” show on Northern Sound http://media.northernsound.ie/mediamanager/embed/player/podcasts/42/item/41318

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% decline over the last…

The Psychology of Markets & The Beard Trend

The nature of markets, in particular the herd mentality often exhibited, flies in the face of the efficient market hypothesis and the notion of an efficiently priced market. Efficiently priced doesn’t necessarily mean fairly priced; as we’ve seen over time, asset prices can move…

Market Recap: Week of May 18th 2015

Market Recap Global equities were mixed last week after a raft of weaker than expected economic reports across the US, China and the Eurozone.

Farewell to Steven Gerrard, True Legend!

Steven Gerrard said his heartfelt goodbyes to Liverpool fans Saturday and the end of his playing days at Anfield. The defeat to Crystal Palace on the day was perhaps symbolic of a disappointing season for himself and the club, after coming so close to…

The obesity crisis: we’re all paying for it!

The World Health Organisation released a report last week warning that Ireland is moving up to the top of the obesity table; on current trends we’re being told that most Irish adults will be overweight by 2030. The statistics don’t lie. Look around, we’re…

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