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Amos Tversky: the irrationality of decision making

The Israeli cognitive psychologist not only revolutionised his own academic discipline but had an outsized influence on economics through his theories on heuristics and loss aversion.
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Dieter Helm: "A sustainable legacy - and future growth - are both possible"

Economist and environmentalist Dieter Helm believes that legacy and sustainability are inextricably linked. Each generation has a responsibility to pass on a world that's at least as good as, or a little better than, it inherited. And he's clear that our current way of life is unsustainable.
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Positive performance in any market?

An absolute return approach seeks positive performance in any market environment, providing stability and predictability. But these are complex and risky strategies requiring a high degree of skill from the investment manager.
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The January Effect: fact or fiction?

The New Year tends to be a time for optimism, including among investors. When share prices rise in January, analysts and financial commentators often call this the January Effect. But do stocks really perform better this month than in any other?
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Seven lies investors tell themselves

As investors, our greatest enemy is often our ego. Seven misguided beliefs about investing.
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Warren Buffett's 1949 financial bible: outdated or timeless?

Legendary investor Warren Buffett attributes much of his success to The Intelligent Investor, a book by Benjamin Graham that was first published in 1949. In today’s multimedia world, getting through its over 600 pages can seem like quite a challenge – but it can pay off.
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The Library of Mistakes: Learning from investment errors

We all want to learn from our mistakes. The Scottish Library of Mistakes is on a mission to bring this mindset to finance.
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The rise of the female finfluencer: Empowering women's financial independence

Female finfluencers are conquering the digital world - and motivating young women worldwide to master their finances.
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Back to the bad old days of high inflation?

Recent inflation hikes in the US and Europe have raised concerns that we may be entering a period of prolonged high inflation. Although inflation has come down from the heights of last year thanks to aggressive interest rate rises by the central banks, this doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll...

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