Global monetary policy loosened noticeably last month. Further stimulus from the European Central Bank, rumours of even heavier bond buying from the Bank of Japan, and a dovish US Federal Reserve have been a boon for asset prices.
My current box set addiction is Deadwood – a TV series about a gold rush in the American mid-West, with desperate men panning the streams for gold and trying to stay alive as rivals move in. They spend hours sieving stones from the river bed looking to find glints of the shiny stuff. As a fund manager in these volatile times, I can feel more than a little empathy as I try to generate positive returns in what are likely to be flat or falling markets.