5 ways finance professionals are like football players

This Sunday, France won the 2018 world cup in an uncharacteristically high-scoring final against Croatia. The 6 goals scored in this final equal the total goals in the last 4 world cup finals before this. One other standout about the final was there weren’t many fouls. This got me thinking. Going by the time they spend lying on the ground clutching some part of their body, football players seem to get seriously injured a lot more than other sportspersons. Why is that? Logically, one (or more) of three reasons must apply as the cause of frequent injuries in football: Football

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How SimpleMoney can help track your portfolio

This is a sponsored guest post by Pranshu Maheshwari, founder and CEO of SimpleMoney Taking stock of our personal finances by building a Personal Financial Balance Sheet is a very important step in boosting our financial health. But it can be immensely challenging for many of us because our money is kept across a range of locations: bank accounts, real estate, the financial markets, gold, under our mattresses. Just within the world of Equities and Mutual Funds, we often deal with multiple fund houses, stockbrokers, registrars and portals, leaving us with a collection of usernames and passwords. The persevering souls amongst

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The investment strategy that beats the average investor – I

“Which mutual fund should I invest in?” is one of the most frequent questions that I get in daily conversation and through this site. Typically, those asking the questions have two things in common: you don’t have the time and / or interest in analyzing and picking individual stocks like here you’re looking for relative conservatism in the equity investing universe I’ll answer this question across two posts; the why and the how To start of I must say, I’m not a fan of mutual funds, especially the actively managed open-ended variety (which the bulk of funds are). This is evident from the relatively

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The trouble with mutual funds

At a glance Equity mutual funds offer a convenient avenue to get professional management of your money to be deployed into stocks Diversification by exposure to a large number of companies and liquidity are also key advantages of mutual funds But the inherent disadvantages are expenses and investor behaviour in lock-step leading to large scale purchases and redemptions For the investor, the huge number of fund options offer a problem not unlike having to pick the right stocks In addition, the past variability in fund performance and unlikelihood of superior performance staying that way make choices difficult Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) mitigate some

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