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Julian Marr

Julian Marr

Julian Marr

Julian Marr is editorial director of Adviser-Hub and Thought Leadership Live and co-author of Investing in emerging markets – the BRIC economies and beyond.

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Some day

If Snow White had taken a different route through the forest while on the run from her stepmother, she might have stumbled across a different cottage inhabited by different dwarves. Instead of dig-dig-digging the whole day through, this lot scour-scour-scour the stockmarket for metaphorical diamonds, all the while singing – naturally – ‘High low, high low, it’s off to trade we go’.

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When will the butters be toast?

Sir John Templeton may have asserted the four most dangerous words in investment are ‘this time it’s different’ but, if we were after a solo contender – etymology’s combined equivalent of great white shark, carpet snake, mosquito and Brazilian wandering spider (now there’s one fact I wish I had not checked) – I would respectfully suggest ... well, I have already used it.

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Re active

At the height of the recent stampede by investment houses to proclaim their complete ambivalence towards anything remotely resembling a benchmark index, there came a point when it all began to feel a bit like the scene near the end of Life of Brian. “I’m active share!” “I’m active share!” “I’m active share and so’s my wife.”

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Just you wait

Did you feel the aftershocks over on the institutional side of the investment divide? I can hardly believe you failed to for, here in retail world, these have been momentous times. Forget eurozone QE, ‘ceasefires’ in Ukraine, the Greek election and everything else – when the history books are written, the start of 2015 will be remembered for one thing above all others.

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Financial astrology

Having spent a disproportionate amount of time trying to work out if the proposed publication date of this piece means I ought to be wishing you a Merry Christmas or a Happy New Year or both or neither, I eventually realised I was overlooking the far greater priority. This is the final column I will actually write for you in 2014 so all I need concern myself with is being rude about forecasts and forecasters.

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Crumbs

I cut it fine sending through this month’s column. OK, to be strictly accurate, I was 24 hours past my allotted deadline but the reason I felt able to try the patience of the sainted editor was I was feeling discombobulated by markets yet had some hope that the conference I was chairing the next morning could help.

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Once bitten

How worried should you be when you start finding investment wisdom in zombie movies? I know the predominantly shopping mall-bound ‘Dawn of the Dead’ can be seen as a satire on consumerism and from there it is but a moaning stagger to behavioural finance and the herd instinct but ‘World War Z’? I could just about take Brad Pitt as Benjamin Button – Benjamin Graham would be pushing it.

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Domestic concerns

The term ‘professional investor’ can cover a multitude of sins but the sin I am interested in today is the way that, as a group, they often come across as having all the composure of someone in an old cartoon who is left screaming on a stool having just seen a mouse. Or me one night last week when something the size of a mouse, only with twice as many legs, scuttled across the bedroom floor.

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Friday View

Friday View

How investor action helps cut CO2 emissions