Taking the market’s temperature

With investors being rewarded handsomely for five years of hard graft, Research Director Nathan Bell takes the market’s pulse.

‘Investing, when it looks the easiest, is at its hardest. When just about everyone heavily invested is doing well, it is hard for others to resist jumping in. But a market relentlessly rising in the face of challenging fundamentals – recession in Europe and Japan, slowdown in China, fiscal stalemate and high unemployment in the US – is the riskiest environment of all.’ Seth Klarman.

‘It’s not supposed to be easy. Anyone who finds it easy is stupid.’ Charlie Munger.

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