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

    A Guide To Risk Warnings And Disclaimers

    Learn what the phrase "Past performance may not reflect future performance" really means.
  2. Mutual Funds

    Major Blunders In Portfolio Construction

    Do you have the best mix of investments? Find out how to make sure by avoiding blunders.
  3. 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.
  4. Bonds / Fixed Income

    How to Profit From Investing in Failing Company Debt

    Learn about the vulture funds that prey on the weakest companies by investing in their bonds.
  5. Investing

    Information Overload: How It Hurts Investors

    There's a fine line between staying informed and being overloaded with financial information.
  6. High Net Worth Strategy

    How To Become A Sophisticated Investor

    No one doubts the importance of investor education, but many investors are not really all that sophisticated.
  7. Managing Wealth

    Naive Diversification Vs. Optimization

    Informed, logical diversification is just as effective as optimizing models. Find out why.
  8. Trading Strategy

    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 ...
  9. Investing Strategy

    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 ...
  10. Artificial Intelligence

    Black Swan Events And Investment

    These world-changing events are rare and difficult to predict, but they have serious implications for your investments.
  11. Asset Allocation

    Why Rational Ignorance About Your Investments Might Really Be OK

    It's impossible to know everything about the markets. Find out how ignorance affects your investments.
  12. Financial Analysis

    Why Contrarian Investing Is Not Very Smart

    Like most allegedly sure-fire methods in the investment industry, this one has its flaws too.
  13. FA Relevant

    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 ...
  14. Investing Strategy

    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 ...
  15. Financial Analysis

    Investment Misselling A Global Problem

    When banks and advisors focus on fees and commissions, it is investors and the market that take the hit.
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