Real Name: Christopher O'Leary
Occupation: Blogger, Private Investor
Interests: Asian Markets, Commodities, Economics, Emerging Markets, Funds, Geopolitics, Stocks
Location: United Kingdom
Financial blogger, market contributor and private investor. Author and creator of ‘The Astute Investor’, an investment blog designed to help investors preserve and accumulate wealth. This blog also voices my thoughts and ideas to help my development and progression as a private investor.
Furthermore, I contribute investment ideas and analysis through 'Seeking Alpha' and 'The Motley Fool', global financial media sites.
Finally, I wanted this blog to showcase my knowledge and understanding of the investment industry, in order to advertise my talents to prospective employers within this field. My goal is to perpetually build my knowledge of macroeconomics, the financial markets and stock selection. In doing so, I would become a respected authority within this niche area.
I understand the regulatory upheaval this industry is witnessing, and the ferocious competition I am up against. The calibre of writers and professionals writing on this site is very high; I would gratefully welcome your advice and insight.
Astute Investor is an investment blog devoted to providing clear investment ideas free of financial jargon in order to help private investors make wise long term decisions. I have been an active contrarian investor for over five years. The purpose for creating this blog was to dispel the myth perpetuated by the finance industry that financial markets are hideously complicated. By writing this blog I hope to dispel this myth and provide retail investors with the understanding and confidence to make their own investment decisions.
Web Address: http://astuteinvestor.wordpress.com
One particular article from Hargreaves Lansdown’s (HL) May 2012 edition of their monthly investment literature caught my attention. It is titled ‘The Psychology Of Investing’ by Ben Yearsley, a HL Investment Manager; his findings are eye-opening.He identifies one of the most well known and successful investment funds during the 1980’s and 1990’s, which was the ‘Fidelity’s Magellan fund’. The fund delivered an eye-watering average annual…
A company I have long admired is Hargreaves Lansdown (HL.), a retail investment broker co-founded by two former accountants — Peter Hargreaves and Stephen Lansdown. They founded the company in 1981 with just £500 each and turned it into one of the UK’s largest independent financial service providers. Today, the company is a FTSE 100 giant with over £25 billion of assets under administration. Secret…
British economist John Maynard Keynes referred to gold as the “Barbarous relic”, and billionaire hedge fund manager George Soros described it as the “Ultimate Bubble”. Even the Sage of Omaha Warren Buffett believes it has no place in an investment portfolio. Despite a whole host of other prominent gold sceptics, such as the Financial Times, The Economist and CNN’s Fareed Zakaria; gold still remains an…
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‘Synthetic’ ETFs which gain exposure to the underlying asset via a derivative contact with an investment bank face counterparty risk. Under the EU's Undertakings for Collective Investments in Transferable Securities (UCITS) rules, should the counterpart default the holder of an ETF will face losses of up to 10%. The most famous counterparty default was Lehman Brothers. Trading at a premium or discount means an ETF…