12 November 2010

Lunatics running the asylum?

This expression comes to mind when reading the judgement concerning the repackaging of a repackaging of notes that represented an interest in an investment fund. Anyone who thinks that the activities described in the judgement represent more than a pass-the-parcel round trip designed to harvest fees at every stop at the expense of (which?) real investors may well be the right candidate to be sold in-transparent investment products in the future. Anyone who scratches his head and asks: 'What does all this have to do with sound long-term investment?' is well advised to be wary of overcomplicated investment vehicles and scrutinise the costs and risks associated with his investments very carefully.