The Evidence-Based Investor

No sales agenda. No marketing spin. Just the evidence.

Investors need to curb their competitive streak

Posted by Robin Powell on September 23, 2015

I may have mellowed over the years, but believe you me, this placid exterior masks a fiercely competitive temperament. I bang on at staff meetings about the need to keep our business ahead of the rest. I love to see my children win that dancing trophy or make that crucial penalty save. Heck, I even […]

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Hargreaves needs a rethink. Its business model is broken

Posted by Robin Powell on September 21, 2015

Hargreaves Lansdown is one of the biggest success stories in Britain’s financial services industry. What started as a DIY investment supermarket is also now a robo-adviser, fund manager and pension platform, and it’s just announced plans to add peer-to-peer business lending to its rapidly expanding range of services. The Bristol-based firm, which last year generated […]

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Something for the weekend

Posted by Robin Powell on September 18, 2015

It was meant to symbolise the renaissance of Birmingham, but less than two years after it opened, our iconic new library is in dire financial straits.

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Is Pension-gate the next big scandal to rock the financial services industry?

Posted by Robin Powell on September 17, 2015

One of the more regrettable aspects of the investment industry is that much of its focus is on the top 10% — and in many cases, the top 1% — of income earners. It is perhaps inevitable given that the wealthiest clients provide the richest pickings. But the sad reality is that those who most […]

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