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. Asset Allocation

    Psychological Coping Strategies for Handling Losses

    There are a variety of psychological strategies for coping with financial losses and investing mistakes.
  2. Investing Strategy

    Black Swan Events and Investment

    Black swans are world-changing events that are rare and difficult to predict, but they have serious implications for your ...
  3. Small Business

    8 Ethical Guidelines for Brokers

    Examine the less obvious ethical dangers faced by a broker or financial advisor to help avoid trouble in ethical gray zones ...
  4. Managing Wealth

    Naive Diversification Vs. Optimization

    Informed, logical diversification is just as effective as optimizing models. Find out why.
  5. High Net Worth Strategy

    How To Become A Sophisticated Investor

    Some who meet the technical definition of sophisticated investor aren't all that sharp. Here's how to become one, in the ...
  6. Investing Strategy

    8 Psychological Traps Investors Should Avoid

    There are a number of very common psychological traps or errors that investors typically make. You can save a lot of money ...
  7. Investing Strategy

    Can You "Learn" The Stock Market?

    When it comes to learning the stock market, all of the knowledge in the world won't ensure the perfect trade every time, ...
  8. Investing Strategy

    How Demographic Trends Could Affect Your Portfolio

    See how trends in demographics like people's movements, ages, deaths and buying patterns affect business cycles and investment ...
  9. Investing Strategy

    Investors Should Be Risk Diverse, Not Risk Averse

    As an investor, you have to take on some amount of risk to make money, but finding the right level is key to your portfolio's ...
  10. Investing Strategy

    Investment Suitability 101

    When money is invested suitably there is a lower probability of unacceptable losses and a greater chance of higher returns. ...
  11. Trading Strategy

    How to Develop a Trading Brain

    The fundamental role of trader psychology tends to be underestimated.
  12. Investing Strategy

    The Downward Spiral of Trading Addiction

    Trading in the financial markets can spark feelings that can lead to trading addiction.
  13. Asset Allocation

    Risk warnings and disclaimers: A guide

    Learn what the phrase "past performance may not reflect future performance" really means.
  14. Mutual Funds

    Major Blunders In Portfolio Construction

    Do you have the best mix of investments? Find out how to make sure by avoiding blunders.
  15. Mutual Funds

    The 4 Key Elements of a Well-Managed Portfolio

    Be sure the manager of your actively managed portfolio isn't neglecting these four items.
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