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23 April 2012

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MickC

But they are not guardians of investors interests are they? They are guardians of their own personal interests.
This is precisely why the British prefer to "invest" in property, mostly residential. They view much of the "City" as spivs and conmen who are not professional advisers, but mere salesmen seeking to get the most commission, no matter what the quality of the "product". Recent history has again proved this to be the case.
It would be enlightening, and no doubt entertaining, to carry out a cost/benefit analysis on the City with regard to its utility for the UK over the long term. My money would NOT be on the City being an overall benefit to the UK-other countries seem to have prospered without such a casino.

dezzie

Buffoonery? I think not!

A conspiracy of self interests more like.

Well said MickC

team dave

@mickc - Brilliant summary.

Glider66

micki. Name the other countries that have prosperd without a city.I cannot think of one.

MickC

Glider66

Germany

Apollo Fire

Well put views, with a rounded and balanced aspect. I'll be looking out for more from you.

Peter Jones

This blog makes sense in line with other aspects of Terry. However, I question how such a fit & intelligent person justfies investment in tobacco companies which are foreshortening the lives of millions of people.

Terry Smith

Peter,

Thank you for your comment.

I operate on the premise that if an activity is legal, it is investable. If I chose to exclude a sector from our investable universe on what for want of a better term I will call ethical grounds (although I suspect that this commonly used term is inaccurate as ethics have little to do with attitudes in this respect) whose ethics should I apply? Mine? Yours? Some other individuals? This is relevant as some investors have legitimate concerns about sectors other than tobacco. For example, I have Muslim investors in the Fund who are more concerned about alcoholic drinks. Apart from obvious religious grounds for this view, they can point to the fact that alcohol abuse is definitely the cause of significant health and social problems. And if we are focusing on health problems, I would suggest that manufacturers of processed foods with high fat content, sugar and other sweeteners and fast food vendors could be and often are criticised for their contribution to the growth of type B diabetes. This is almost certainly the most rapidly growing disease worldwide and has serious consequences in terms of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and dementia and a consequent significant reduction in life expectancy.

So my suggestion is if you object to tobacco consumption is that you campaign to have it declared illegal, but until you do I continue to regard it as investable.

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