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The fundamental problem for investors

Jan 16, 2014

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The fundamental problem for investors
Do you know which are the most important works of all time on competitive strategy? Well, one name that would be on everyone's list is that of Michael Porter's seminal work on competitive dynamics. In fact, even after so many years since its launch, his 'five forces' framework is still an important part of the research process of many investors. Having said that, is there an need to make updates to this framework. Who better to answer this than the man himself. Read on to find out his current view on his framework and also about investing in general . (Advisorpers Pectives)

The best contrarian ideas of 2014
Doug Casey is known around the world as one of the best contrarian investors. He has established himself in this position by betting big on out of favour stocks and asset classes. Here is his take on the best ideas for 2014 from a contrarian perspective. (SafeHaven)

Beware, the gold investors!!!
With yellow metal losing sheen, investors need to pull on their socks. A gold investor can often be agonistic. For there are periods when the yellow metal climbs phenomenally and there are times when the metal sees a horrific fall. Therefore, the time is ripe to learn some investing lessons from the epic rise and horrific fall of gold. Bloomberg has come to the rescue of the investors and we at Equitymaster believe it's essential that we share this piece and make the investors aware that when used properly, the yellow metal is a potentially valuable tool in an investment arsenal. Read on to equip yourself and get more clarity on the investments in gold. (Bloomberg)

Why investors are pouring money into European property?
Mainland China's investments in the European property market tripled last year, with Britain and Germany as the top destinations, and the momentum is likely to continue this year. This is a battle for assets that is driving prices up and causing fears of a renewed bubble. So why are investors again buying European properties? Read on to find out. (Financial Times)

A role model for mutual industry to follow
Almost a quarter out of every dollar invested in long-term mutual funds and ETFs in 2013 went to The Vanguard Group. Among all fund companies, Vanguard has finished first or second in terms of inflows in all but two of the past 20 years. So what makes the Vanguard Group so special? And what lessons can other mutual funds learn from them? Read on to find out. (Market Watch)

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