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Fatal distraction

Do not allow external events, or the people who write about them, to steal a client's focus from defining, achieving and maintaining their desired lifestyle, says Steven Hennessy

6 November 2013

The Nobel Prize in economics was awarded in October and, true to form, provided anyone with a passing interest in trivial absurdity with much to savour. Apparently, the complete failure of neoclassical economics during the recent financial crisis (which, incidentally, will define our age) is not enough to dissuade the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences from celebrating the (in)ability of economists to predict the long-run movement of asset prices.

It is not stretching things to summarise the prizes as a pat on the back for economists who argue that financial markets are efficient (Eugene F Fama), except when they are not (Robert J Shiller).

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