Tag Archives: Japan

End of the road for LDI?


Thanks to those brave souls who braved “Southern”, the tube strike and filthy weather to attend yesterday’s lunch which asked “has LDI had its day?”. One answer to that question was clear, I learnt that the top performing asset class … Continue reading

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It’s all down to the management –


    I’m watching the rain-soaked start of the Japanese Grand-Prix in Suzuka and marvelling at the organisation of a formula one team. What will get your driver first past the chequered flag. Engine- tyre management -DRS- Driver – race … Continue reading

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Debunking the RSA myth that Dutch CDC provide better outcomes


I’ve received this open letter from John Lawson (he of Aviva) which I print in full. Dear Henry, I have mentioned before the folly of relying on the RSA for any rigorous analysis. The RSA is a political construct, not a … Continue reading

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The economic history of the world in one little graph


  That headline is a big promise. But here it is: The economic history of the world going back to Year 1 showing the major powers’ share of world GDP, from a research letter written by Michael Cembalest, an analyst … Continue reading

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The man from Yamaichi said no


Sometime in 1993 I was advising a bunch of traders at Yamaichi Securities a now defunct Japanese trading house in the City. The Japanese equity markets were in a tailspin (from which they have not recovered) but the markets they were trading … Continue reading

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PPF II -opening the door for a better DC


We are where we are – the social contract has been decided… not compulsion but impulsion; impulsion  into a DC pensions model that relies on the markets to deliver a second tier of pensions. Our retirements will be funded from employer and employee contributions over a … Continue reading

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DC investors -are we panicking?


The stock market has fallen 10% in a week and chances are , so’s the value of your pension account. You probably lost considerably more than you earned and if certain “experts” are to be believed, you may be penning your … Continue reading

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