Oiling the markets for next year

It's 21 years this week since my Mum died. She was only 69. It was a brain tumour but to be honest I never thought she'd scratch an old head...as they say in these parts...given the fact she...

How to Win Friends and Influence Voters

If the Chancellor was wondering how to raise income tax and be feted by the "grey vote" and personal finance journalists, then he struck lucky. His announcement of pensions and tax freedoms for thousands right before the next...

Alan Steel and Royal Caledonian Curling Announce Indoor Grand Match Sponsorship

Alan Steel Asset Management has announced its headline sponsorship of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club's (RCCC) prestigious Indoor Grand Match in 2015. Over 2000 curlers are expected to take part in the battle of North of Scotland versus...

Retirement Planning - The Long and Winding Road

Have you noticed the older you get, the more difficult it is to remember when it was that something happened, even when it had a big influence on you, or how you thought about things? Was it 10...

As Halloween approaches Trick or Treat

My earliest memory of Pensions was in April 1969 when I was interviewed at Scottish Widows trying to convince them that on leaving University I should be snapped up before their competitors beat them to it. With a...

Freedom or Freedoom D Day approaches

A report which followed months of in depth research by Sociologists into how people receive and evaluate information was published recently on what my Dad would have called "The Interweb." It found that 70% of the adult population...

Golden delicious

You know how people say you'll remember where you were on a particular day, such as where were you when the planes flew into the World Trade Centre? In our everyday lives there are days that stand out...

Twenty Five Years of CNN

On Sunday as a treat as you do when you're older we drove to a local Garden Centre to top up our smelly candle collection and have tea and cakes. While there I bumped into Ian who used...

George Orwell wasnt alone

Spent a week earlier this month in Ibiza ... the Party Island ... as everyone reminds me. "Going clubbing then?" That's the usual response. Despite going there for 37 years because 95% of the island is genuinely idyllic,...

Flaws of averages four years on

Four years ago this month, roughly 15 months after the world as we knew it was to end early in 2009, investors were being cajoled to "Sell In May And Go Away." As happens every year. And still...