Things That Make You Go HMMM

A Walk Around The Fringes Of Finance

Grant Williams, Things that make you go HmmmMuch to his chagrin, Grant Williams has reached 30 years in finance.

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Of course, whenever the comparison is made, the answer is the same; America isn’t Japan.

However, if we shine a light on the two, we find that, while the U.S. may not be Japan in 2017, that may not necessarily hold true a decade from now.

Yes, I’m afraid demographics are unlike corporate profits; they are infinitely predictable, rarely vary from their set path and are not prone to the odd errant quarter or a change in consumer tastes — which makes it all the more baffling that, given this predictability, we humans have such a blindspot when it comes to taking such long-term trends into account when making investment decisions.

Short-termism and demographics do not make for good bedfellows but how many true long-term investors are there in 2017, I wonder?... Read more