“Lies, damned lies, and statistics”

“Lies, damned lies, and statistics”

You might recognise the famous quote in our headline. It’s been attributed to various people, including Mark Twain, but the truth is that no-one knows who said it first. Like the quote itself, you can’t believe everything you see. However, you can believe...
Take away your new year stress

Take away your new year stress

Tempted to keep checking the performance of your investment portfolio? Well, if you want to protect your mental health during 2020, we suggest you don’t. Even though the media make regular announcements about movements in the stock markets, the best thing to do...
Stick with it!

Stick with it!

The Vanguard ‘spectrum’ graph below reminded us of the song: “Red and yellow and pink and green, orange and purple and blue. I can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow too.”* When you stop singing and have a proper look, you’ll...
“Highly illogical”

“Highly illogical”

Do you remember the Vulcan character, Mr Spock, frequently saying “highly illogical” on Star Trek? It’s such a famous line that someone even wrote a song about it, as shown in the fun video below. It’s true that human beings are sometimes...
Hot off the press

Hot off the press

We’re always saying that active fund management doesn’t work. And a recent news story supports that message. For years, Neil Woodford was renowned as one of the UK’s most successful fund managers. He got it right more than most. (Or maybe he kept up...