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A Cloudy Day

My plans were to write about the General Election next month, but I have to say the events in Manchester have cast a pall over everything and mean that trying to write light heartedly about politics is the...

Politics V Economics

I think now is a good time to question exactly what impact politicians can have on investment returns. We have heard much about the "Trump Bump" and the way markets reacted to the news that Macron had made...

D.I.V.O.R.C.E.

Everyone knows that divorce can be a messy business even between two people. The divorce the UK is going through with the EU is like a polygamist relationship as in reality we have 27 different “spouses” each with...

For Fakes Sake!

Fake news is constantly in the headlines these days. Even the Oscars got in on the act by announcing a fake winner for best picture. However, if news actually is fake does that mean the headlines about it...

Trumped!

Whether you love him, hate him or are ambivalent I think everyone can agree that the coming years under “The Donald’s” presidency are unlikely to be dull. For the first time in years the West has a leader...

An Unforgettable Year

If I was a celebrity I would be wrapping myself in bubble wrap and staying in bed until the end of 2016. Has there ever been a year when so many famous people, particularly musicians, died? Not that...

Let’s wait and see…

I apologise for the delay in writing this month’s missive. I had intended to write this immediately following the Autumn Statement but I must have fallen asleep. I read somewhere that after the drama of the Brexit and...

Scary Stories

I am not a fan of Halloween. It probably goes back to when I was when a kid and in my mind Halloween was really only a warm-up for Bonfire night. The main memories I have of the...

The Benefit Of Doing Nothing

I have just returned to blowy Scotland from a two week break. I do not know whether it is the “Protestant work ethic” or not but I always start off the holiday feeling a bit guilty doing nothing....

YOLO – but it may be longer than you think

The world can be a bewildering place for those not brought up in the digital age with the abundant use of acronyms. Emailing, texting and posting on social media are ways of communicating that barely existed twenty years...