Thought Leadership

Cucumbers & Grapes

What have cucumbers and grapes got to do with finance? Both represent rewards causing either satisfaction or annoying distress. In…

Useless Efforts

The idea of an effort being useless is counter intuitive. Effort is defined as an undertaking using up a lot…

Frustratingly Impossible

Optimists do not deal with impossibilities; for them everything is possible. Realists know better! In legal terms, impossibility is a…

Marginal Gains

We are intrigued by the ongoing Team Sky/British Cycling controversy and the process of “marginal gains” as an explanation of…

Reasonable Reasoning

Reasoning is the process of thinking about a subject matter through rational, level-headed reflection.  Many people draw inferences from complex…

Measuring Success

Success is the achievement and accomplishment of goals and ambitions. Measuring success has always been open to wild interpretation and…

Life, Pensions & Investment Awards MMPI – Best Financial Adviser in Town

The Irish Brokers Association (IBA) is the premier representative body for Financial Advisers in Ireland. The IBA represents over 450…

Economic Equivalence

You may have heard of classical economists Thomas Malthus and Adam Smith but not David Ricardo – and yet it…

Rules of Thumb

A rule of thumb is a useful way of problem solving and decision-making based on practical experience, which short-circuits or…

US Treasuries

Technically, a treasury is a place where treasure is stored and may conjure up images of pirates, maps and desert…

Catastrophe

The word catastrophe originally stems from a Greek word meaning overturn or turn of events. In modern English it has…

Mean Reversion

The concept of mean reversion straddles a few disciplines. In psychology, regression to the mean describes the assessment of a…