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  • Measuring up – Are you sure your benchmark index is doing the job you think it is?

    Measuring up – Are you sure your benchmark index is doing the job you think it is?

    Kevin Murphy

    18/09/2014

    Professional and private investors alike will often and without a second thought compare trading strategies or portfolio performance against a benchmark stockmarket index but are they right to do so? To examine that question further, let’s consider the development of the S&P 500 – the broad US market index that comprises 500 large companies and is one of the world’s better-known benchmarks.

  • Storm warning – Investors must not believe the current benign times will persist indefinitely

    Storm warning – Investors must not believe the current benign times will persist indefinitely

    Ian Kelly

    16/09/2014

    As investors, we are in many respects living through some pretty gentle times – and those who would counter that view by pointing to the bleak news emanating from areas such as Gaza and Ukraine must at least concede that markets would have reacted a good deal more negatively to such events had this been a more volatile period in the mould of 2008, say, or even 2011.