The Real Story Behind the Irish Bailout

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You’ve heard about  the pending European bailout of Ireland – but why is happening now? CNBC’s John Carney asks “why would the Eurocrats demand a bailout of Ireland when Ireland insisted it didn’t need one?” It has more to do with their immediate needs than

Who Needs Wall Street?

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Find the time for John Cassiday’s lengthy New Yorker feature that asks if Wall Street adds any real benefit to society, given that “[f]or years, the most profitable industry in America has been one that doesn’t design, build, or sell a single tangible thing.” Cassiday quotes anonymous

Tough Times for Funds

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Tough times for everyone but looks like it is beginning to get particularly challenging for those overcharging, under performing funds. It was always bound to come, but given the recession investors are talking with their feet and the incumbents are beginning to find life difficult.

More Useful Tools

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 Following on from a previous post about useful tools for investors we continue to be approached about new offerings asking us to promote them to our community. We have no association with any of these organizations but thought we might highlight a few more to

Investors Pulling Out of Funds

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The Financial Times ran an interesting piece this weekend about Investors worldwide pulling almost $100bn out of equity funds in the first three months of this year – a record shift, and part of a long term trend away from the US market. The article

The Economist: Special Report on Asset Management

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The current edition of The Economist has a special report on asset management.  The first article, by Philip Coggan, The Economist’s Capital Markets Editor, highlights how the fund management industry has and continued to do very well, but for itself.  Here’s a quote from the

Regular Post: Useful Tools For Investors

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Here at Covestor we are frequently being approached by companies who have valuable offerings for self-directed investors. As such we thought we would start a series of blog posts highlighting these. We are not able to partner with all of these organizations and so hopefully

Mutual Fund Fees On Fees

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We received an E*Trade marketing email on friday advertising a new fund.  The subject line sounded sensible: "how to survive an up-down market". But looking closer, there was no great insight. The conlcusion was to diversify. Less likely to help you to survive the market,

Scale Benefits In Fund Management

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An interesting round-table discussion was posted on 12.10 in Pensions and Investments (The Journal of International Money Management) about the changing face of value of investment management firms. It highlights how despite the credit crunch, there is continued client demand for alternative investments (i.e. hedge


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