Brian Bloch

Brian Bloch started off his career as a business academic, first teaching economics and then international business. He has an honours degree in economics, and a master's and doctorate degrees in business administration.

After many years of academic research, Brian found journalism to be much more rewarding and satisfying. Brian's initial journalistic work was in general management, and he still writes in this area, as well as on university issues for the Times Higher Education in London. However, his main focus is now financial.

Brian's work has also been published in the U.K. for Bloomberg Money, the Financial Times, the Guardian and Compliance Monitor. His work has also appeared on Moneyweb, a South African-based web publication.



Brian's particular interests lie in the area of risk and how to control it, asset allocation, and the legal aspects of investment, such as suitability and compliance. Brian lives in Germany.



See his homepage at www.brian-bloch.com

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  1. Don't Be Misled By Investment Advertising
    Home & Auto

    Don't Be Misled By Investment Advertising

    Investment companies and brokers want to sell. Unfortunately, this can result in promotional material that is not entirely frank, or far worse, truly misleading.
  2. Finding Spin In The Financial Services Industry
    Personal Finance

    Finding Spin In The Financial Services Industry

    The financial services industry may stop short of lying outright, but that doesn't mean that everything they say about their products is the truth.
  3. How To Become A Sophisticated Investor
    Investing Basics

    How To Become A Sophisticated Investor

    No one doubts the value and importance of investor education and sophistication, but many investors are not really all that sophisticated. Goldman Sachs was scrutinized for marketing complex securities ...
  4. Investment Misselling A Global Problem
    Personal Finance

    Investment Misselling A Global Problem

    When banks and advisors focus on fees and commissions, it is investors and the market that take the hit.
  5. Top Broker Excuses For Poor Investments
    Brokers

    Top Broker Excuses For Poor Investments

    It is not uncommon for investors to lose money through misselling or other forms of mismanagement.
  6. Do You Understand Investment Risk?
    Investing Basics

    Do You Understand Investment Risk?

    Many investors overestimate their level of financial knowledge.
  7. How To Lie With Financial Statistics
    Fundamental Analysis

    How To Lie With Financial Statistics

    Can you really trust what the financial services industry puts out? We tell about some tricks that hide the truth.
  8. Bank Advisor Blunders And How To Avoid Them
    Personal Finance

    Bank Advisor Blunders And How To Avoid Them

    Unfortunately, this business tends to focus on sales rather than customer service.
  9. Unpredictable Event Or Bad Investment?
    Bonds & Fixed Income

    Unpredictable Event Or Bad Investment?

    When investments head south, your 20/20 hindsight can show you who's at fault.
  10. The 3 Moral Types Managing Your Money
    Investing Basics

    The 3 Moral Types Managing Your Money

    Your financial fate is influenced very substantially by whether your broker or firm is immoral, amoral or moral.
  11. Avoid These Common Investing Psychology Traps
    Investing Basics

    Avoid These Common Investing Psychology Traps

    There are a number of very common psychological traps or errors that investors typically make. You can save a lot of money and misery by avoiding them.
  12. Andre Kostolany: Germany's Stock Market Guru
    Fundamental Analysis

    Andre Kostolany: Germany's Stock Market Guru

    We can learn a lot from Kostolany and his "steady or shaky hand" investing philosophy.
  13. The Problem With Financial Journalism
    Fundamental Analysis

    The Problem With Financial Journalism

    One of the most serious problems facing the general investing public is that that they fail to learn enough about investments until/unless they go wrong.
  14. The Unique Ways Women Approach Finance
    Fundamental Analysis

    The Unique Ways Women Approach Finance

    Understanding gender differences and how they are changing is fundamental to understanding the investing world.
  15. Logic: The Antidote To Emotional Investing
    Investing Basics

    Logic: The Antidote To Emotional Investing

    Playing follow-the-leader in investing can quickly become a dangerous game. Learn how to invest independently and still come out on top.
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