Greenwashing away trust

Reading Time: 11 minutes Just because there’s noise around responsible investing doesn’t mean there isn’t substance. But the biggest risk to the movement right now is greenwashing by asset managers and others that’s taking place out there, every month, every day. While the intent is not malicious, it undermines the foundations of a movement that is genuinely starting to … More Greenwashing away trust

Inbox, diary, to-do list: now choose just two

Reading Time: 5 minutes That choice between this “trinity” of masters seems to be the reality of modern knowledge work , and for those in senior roles (C-suite or equivalent) it’s often just one of those three that you get to stay on top of while the other spiral out of control. The modern media environment with its torrent … More Inbox, diary, to-do list: now choose just two

Turning points in uncharted territory

Reading Time: 2 minutes War, climate change, pandemics, inflation, rising interest rates First published in LCP’s investment magazine – VISTA Original version available at lcp.foleon.com The job of investing involves reckoning with a huge amount of uncertainty and intersecting trends while making good decisions, screening out noise and resisting the temptation to overreact. That is, of course, easier said … More Turning points in uncharted territory

What’s the most underappreciated work skill in 2022?

Reading Time: 2 minutes I asked the big question on Linkedin: what’s the most underappreciated workplace skill in 2022? Passive aggressive email drafting? Pretty powerpoint slides? Perfectly labelled excel spreadsheets? Here’s some of the answers I got back (crowd sourced): Teamwork The people who contribute huge value by making everyone around them a little bit better, though often in … More What’s the most underappreciated work skill in 2022?

Transitory inversion

Reading Time: 5 minutes Here’s my latest fortnightly real talk markets newsletter, in this edition: Q1 mumble, inflation, climate, the new triple-peak workday and Bill Gross is still standing. If you like it, please subscribe over on substack: How’s your week? I got followed by the real Bill Gross on Twitter y’all. So it’s been that kind of a … More Transitory inversion

Investing in a time of inflation: what they don’t tell you

Reading Time: 7 minutes Words like turning point and uncharted territory are easily overused in investing. No-one rings a bell at the top or bottom, and it’s always different this time, so usually they are no help. But it’s probably fair to say that 2022 is shaping up to present one of the more challenging periods investors will have … More Investing in a time of inflation: what they don’t tell you

Asking for a friend

Reading Time: 5 minutes A reader asks: how do stockmarkets typically do in high inflation / interest rate rising environments (asking for a friend). You can see why the question is being asked: It’s the question we’re all asking right now (or should be). It’s funny sometimes when something that has been so widely predicted / talked about, actually … More Asking for a friend

From portfolios of stocks to portfolios of funds

Reading Time: 7 minutes Over the last 20 years, one of the biggest trends I think we’ve seen during my career is the fundamental quantum unit of the portfolio shift from being stocks (usually domestic) to funds (global). This is true for large, institutional investors but it’s also true for individuals. As just one example of this, UK individuals … More From portfolios of stocks to portfolios of funds