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Conforming under the pressure of peers is something with which most people are familiar. Professor Solomon Asch theorised about it and then used interesting experiments to test his thesis. Extrapolating for investment decisions, we can estimate that 30 per cent of investors will conform to peer pressure.
Occasionally, economic and market valuation conditions are supportive for bonds, shares and property simultaneously. This has been the case in 2019; circumstances being somewhat goldilocks like, neither too hot nor too cold.
As interest rates tumble and price earnings ratios on the stock exchange climb higher, it is only natural that investors look to other investments that offer higher returns.
As the Founder of the The Joseph Palmer Foundation, Malcolm Palmer is an emphatic believer in giving back to the community.
“We do this best,” he says, “by providing funds from our foundation to worthy causes such as medical research in areas that are crucial to better health.”