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Ethical investing? Its value depends where your values lie

Ethical investing? Its value depends where your values lie

🕔09:51, 15.Aug 2012

  Scandals. Corruption. Wilful disregard for human lives. Pollution. Slavery. It can sometimes seem that big multinationals will stop at nothing in their search for profit. As a result the general public is more attentive to “social” and “green” stocks

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Is this why you stopped listening to economists?

Is this why you stopped listening to economists?

🕔21:15, 8.Aug 2012

  On the one hand, you have this article. And then on the other hand, you have that article.   This is the problem with economists!! On one hand, things are good and on the other, things are bad –

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Bonds 10 – How do you actually buy a bond, in practice?

Bonds 10 – How do you actually buy a bond, in practice?

🕔08:46, 6.Aug 2012

  And now comes the moment of truth – completing your first bond trade!   Of course this is rather theoretical, since you will first have to decide that bonds are what you need in your portfolio, and exactly what

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Bonds 9 – Your bond buying checklist

Bonds 9 – Your bond buying checklist

🕔09:17, 25.Jul 2012

  So you now have your investing strategy, you are intent on using it (kudos to you!), and you have decided that bonds should be a part of it.   Here is the checklist you can use to decide which

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Bonds 8 – Why “making more money” is the worst investment strategy you can have

Bonds 8 – Why “making more money” is the worst investment strategy you can have

🕔08:42, 18.Jul 2012

    If you’ve been reading the series of posts on bonds since the beginning, you should now have a much better picture of the bond market. You understand the characteristics of a bond, you know where to find information

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Bonds 7 – How does the state of the economy influence the bond market?

Bonds 7 – How does the state of the economy influence the bond market?

🕔09:17, 11.Jul 2012

  Where do you find information, not just about bonds themselves, but about all the factors that affect the bond market? And what do you do with it?   When I lead investing seminars, many attendees have the nagging feeling

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Bonds 6: Duration – Yes, you do need to know about it!

Bonds 6: Duration – Yes, you do need to know about it!

🕔08:59, 4.Jul 2012

  Oh no! Not another variable… Wasn’t it enough already to know about the bond price, its maturity, its coupon, its yield and whatnot?!   Sorry, but duration is important… You know why the price of a bond can change,

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Bonds 5: Where to find information about bonds

Bonds 5: Where to find information about bonds

🕔10:59, 27.Jun 2012

  In the previous post we took the example of a German bond maturing in 2020 – it had a 3.25% coupon, it was selling at 116.948 and its yield was 0.918%. Now where did I come up with an

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Bonds 4: “Does it make any sense to buy a bond at a premium?”

Bonds 4: “Does it make any sense to buy a bond at a premium?”

🕔08:55, 20.Jun 2012

  A loan of money that takes the form of bonds is a bit like the suitcase full of bank notes that is exchanged in gangster movies: the total sum of the bank notes in the suitcase would be the

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Bonds 3: Who issues bonds and why?

Bonds 3: Who issues bonds and why?

🕔08:42, 13.Jun 2012

    Now that you know why you would want to buy bonds, and what influences the return a bond can bring you, why not have a look at the other party’s point of view?   In other words, why

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