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MARKET INSIGHT - February 2020

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Does excessive anxiety stiffle fear? Part II

Last month we examined fear, the mechanisms that feed it and its impact on the financial markets. Given the friction between Tehran and
the United States and the new coronavirus outbreak in China, January gave us much food for thought in this regard. The desire professed by both Iran and Washington to limit the threat of escalation seems to have led investors to...

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MARKET INSIGHT - December 2019

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Hope for the best and prepare for the worst

The 2019 equity rally has been described as one of the least popular in history. And this comes as no surprise when we consider how hard it was for investors to make gains. To see the truth in this, we need only cast our minds back to the pessimism about the future of the stock markets prevailing at the end of last year. Few investors at that point thought that...

 

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MARKET INSIGHT - November 2019

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On the quetzal and mariachi trail!

We are all prey to compulsive and obsessive thoughts. Personally, I tend to be overcome by a sense of dread when I am out of the office (for too long). My completely illogical fear – which I just can’t get out of my head – is that the markets will go into meltdown while I’m away. A recent business trip to Guatemala and Mexico City was no exception to the rule, especially since the performance of financial assets...

 

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