Life expectancy of eurozone QE shrinks

The ECB has made its move just when the economy appears to be on the turn, says John Plender

Why Pratchett was right on central banks

The late author’s fantasy finds life in US economy, writes James Mackintosh

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Demographic change will test bond market

Age structure has an important impact on levels of saving, which affects market prices

Rubber ducks

The Buffett duck flaps its wings

Stephen Foley looks back at the Oracle of Omaha’s early advice

The wages of sin is outperformance

Is it fair to classify scandal-riven banks as the market’s new sinners, asks Jonathan Davis

Being a sore loser can work

Broadly, investors trade too much, and lose out as a result, writes James Mackintosh

Tidal wave of capital looking for safety

The fear of inflation may seem exaggerated, yet it is not stupid

‘Robo investing’ on fruit and nut fringe

ETFs have turned even long-term investors into macro hedge fund managers, says Stephen Foley

Lenin’s despised gold is ultimate hedge

Humanity harbours a deep psychological commitment to the yellow metal, says John Plender

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Portfolio theory hypnotises fund managers

Like alchemy, investing relies on the desire to believe in the impossible, writes Amin Rajan

Bewitched by mandarins of central banking

John Plender fears significant economic costs are bound to arise from artificially cheap capital

Cheap oil rattles the complacent consensus

It is clear there are other important economic actors beyond central banks

When economists reach a conclusion, worry

What could go wrong with economic forecasts? Frankly, anything, says James Mackintosh

The last throw of the eurozone dice

Investors place a euphoric bet on a policy of probably limited effectiveness

Tyranny of the minority takes on Big Oil

The divestment movement claims money is most powerful when it walks, not talks, says Stephen Foley

Bolt-hole for big chunks of nervous money

The City of London office market has offered investors a pretty rough ride, says John Plender

The mystery of the ‘fall fall’ lingers

There is little agreement on the causes of last month’s market ructions, says James Mackintosh

Firing the fund manager – a rough guide

John Plender mulls the problem of ditching an adviser, as even the best managers make bad calls

Asset managers host no-surprise parties

Teams are winning out over star culture in the battle of the fund houses, writes Stephen Foley

Trustees of the non-financial revolution

The concept of fiduciary obligation has had a hard time of late, laments John Plender