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Build An Ark, Don’t Predict The Rain

Build An Ark, Don’t Predict The Rain

My son is named Noah, after the biblical prophet who built an ark out of faith. One of Warren Buffett’s lesser-known quotes is based on Noah’s story: “Predicting the rain doesn’t count; building arks does.” Buffett was giving advice about running businesses, but the...

We have no 2020 outlook

We have no 2020 outlook

A very happy new year! At this time of the year, fund managers like to do a review of markets in the past year and a forecast or outlook for the coming year. Occasionally, a few would compare – usually when they are right – the market in review versus their initial...

12th November CIO Letter

12th November CIO Letter

Dear Client, From CEO/CIO: Happiness on 28th October, SRS tax savings and other musings Does what happen in the stock market every day make you happy or sad? If so, every year, you should be happiest on the 28th of October. Because 28th October is historically the...

11th October CIO Letter

11th October CIO Letter

Dear Client, FROM CEO/CIO: WHERE CAN I FIND ALPHA? Where I went to university, my essay grades were given in letters of the Greek alphabet: alpha (α), beta (β) and gamma (γ) and combinations of them – including esoteric ones like beta-alpha-minus-question mark-minus...

11th September CIO Letter

11th September CIO Letter

Dear Client, From CEO/CIO’s Desk: Spoiler Alert! This year, there have been quite a number of grand finale episodes to blockbuster movies and TV series, as well as a few major football matches. Nothing beats the experience of watching Avengers: Endgame, the last...

26th August CIO Letter

26th August CIO Letter

Dear Client, From CEO/CIO’s Desk: Steady Does It Markets have gyrated violently in the intervening weeks between my last letter to you on 6 August and now. There have been two broad set of factors, both pertaining to concerns over economic growth. First, the bond...