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Valuation and Risk Measurement Models under Heavy Criticism – What Went Wrong?

Friday, 16 January 2009, 3:18 | Investing, Psychology | 0 Comment
by Numan

Are valuation and risk measurement models as the root of all evil? In this crisis we witnessed a broken market. Financial institutions relaying on complex financial models for both valuation and risk management suffered heavy losses and saw their methodologies break before their eyes. Many valuation models and risk models literally stopped ...

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The Madoff scheme – 4 Valuable Lessons

Saturday, 20 December 2008, 1:19 | Investing, Psychology | 0 Comment
by Numan

As always scandals present valuable lessons for us household investors When I heard for the first time about the alleged $50 Billion “Ponzi scheme” by Bernard Madoff I was not surprised. Not to say I had anticipated such a scheme or would have known it to be one had I invested my money. It’s just […]

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Is This the Opportunity of a Lifetime?

Saturday, 6 December 2008, 18:45 | Investing | 0 Comment
by Numan

Does the current crisis pose the opportunity of a lifetime? Lately I’ve noticed a change in attitude. It just might be my wishful thinking, and I certainly don’t have any objective data to support this feeling but I think something is shifting. Considerably more articles are concentrating on the opportunity part of the current ...

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Citi in Trouble, Violent Market Swings and Staring at Stock Charts: My Thoughts

Sunday, 23 November 2008, 18:43 | Economics, Investing | 0 Comment
by Numan

Citi won’t be allowed to fall, we got accustomed to violent swings pretty fast and I admit it: I’m addicted to stock charts. #1 Citi’s troubles are a whole different ball game During this crisis a lot of “unthinkables” occurred, changing our perspective on the financial markets and their institutions. I ...

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What Should I Do With My Money?

Tuesday, 18 November 2008, 18:04 | Economics, Investing, Psychology | 0 Comment
by Numan

Turbulent times confuse household investors. I know I’m confused An interesting and timely experiment was conducted by one of our local business papers. Trying to answer the eternal question of “what should I do with my money?” the paper set out to review what leading brokers, financial planners and money managers would ...

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The Bull Trap Snapped – What Now?

Tuesday, 11 November 2008, 16:32 | Economics, Investing | 0 Comment
by Numan

My spontaneous observations on recent events About two weeks ago I wrote a post titled How to Recognize a Bull Trap. Since then the markets seem to have been struggling to hold on to any shred of optimism but I believe pessimism found its way back to the markets for now, as expected.

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Making Investment Decisions Together Helps Avoid Common Investment Mistakes

Wednesday, 29 October 2008, 14:37 | Investing, Psychology | 0 Comment
by Numan

Two heads are better than one Most common investment mistakes are deeply rooted in psychology. Many of these mistakes can be avoided by allowing another person to take part in the process and by giving this person’s opinions and believes an equal weight in decisions taken. This person could be anyone from an investment broker, […]

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Senior Regulators to Senate: Surprised at the failure of Voluntary Regulation. Where They Really That Naïve?

Friday, 24 October 2008, 14:36 | Economics, Investing, Psychology, Risk Management | 0 Comment
by Numan

“.. for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth” (genesis 8:21) Three senior regulators were apparently very surprised by the behavior of financial institutions and especially investment banks and the part they played in the current crisis. Where they really that naïve? I find it a bit hard to believe. What the ...

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