Why the focus is back on safety

One thing you notice after years of watching markets is that, sometimes, investors look for an excuse to sell, writes Cliff Taylor.

26th January, 2014
If there is a message in all this, it is that investors can ignore risks for a period, but not forever.

As a stockbroker played by Matthew McConaughey says in the new movie The Wolf of Wall Street: ''Okay, first rule of Wall Street: nobody - and I don't care if you're Warren Buffett or Jimmy Buffett - nobody knows if a stock is going up, down or fucking sideways, least of all stockbrokers."

We saw the truth of this during the week, when a quick market reversal set in which few had foreseen, bar a...

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