The Vertem book club

It’s the British summer time. Of course, our summer is best described by a typical analogy of the English football team; a lot of promise in the run up, lots of potential on paper, false hope….fails to deliver when it matters. Actually that’s harsh on the Great British summer as we usually get one day…

Manage your portfolio like a football team…..

You’d be forgiven for thinking football has had its fair share of coverage lately. Somewhere between Leicester City’s incredible triumph and the build up to the Euro’s, it’s been hard to escape the beautiful game. And, so staying true to trend, we thought we would compare the potential similarities between managing a portfolio and the beautiful…

Great Contradictions

  Henry Engelhardt, CBE of Admiral has made a name for himself amongst the slightly uncompetitive world of exciting yearly commentaries, his trademark being a customary analogy, from koalas to jacket potatoes, he’s done them all. This was his 16th and final one for Admiral and he made sure not to disappoint, gifting readers two;…

Are DFM’s taking enough active risk?

February saw a large national DFM firm announce they were making the ground-breaking decision to take an underweight position in UK equities for the first time since the 18th century. Ok, perhaps it wasn’t the 18th century but it might as well have been, it was actually the first time in 13 years. During those…

The Long And Short Of The Big Short

Ok so the Big Short to date (25.02.16) has grossed around $60m worldwide. It’s hardly a staggering amount, even in terms of a typical box office hit at the Cinema; the latest instalment of Star Wars has already generated around $900m so far. If you were to then go and compare it to what a few…

The origins of Hammer Spanner Fish Match

Like all good games HammerSpannerFishMatch or HSFM for short was created via the power of alcohol. A boozy work night out required something special for its participants to make it through the next day. Somebody came up with the idea (used before) of using images to describe a famous person, the celeb in question was…