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Death & Taxes - 3 steps to an early retirement

I was recently interviewed about my life all the way back to when I was born. The goal was to find out anything that could have influenced my success as an independent financial advisor (IFA) helping thousands over...

Mellon on the markets - Fast-changing views for a fast-changing world

All articles in this section are provided courtesy of Master Investor Magazine and are not necessarily the views of Alan Steel Asset Management. This missive is being written on the Edinburgh to London train, as I return from...

The Generation Game

According to the bean counters at the ONS (Office for National Statistics), we are not saving enough. Apparently it’s the worst UK savings ratio in 50 years. The savings ratio fell to a measly 1.7% from the first...

Mellon on the markets - New highs for early investors

There are three of us Mellons currently trying to get books out ahead of each other: my father is finishing one on African Bangles; my brother in law is close to completing a magnum opus on the future...

Death & Taxes - Undefined Benefits

If you’re a typical Master Investor reader there’s every chance that at some stage you’ve been a member of a Final Salary Pension Scheme with a former employer. Or maybe you’re still in the job. Whatever the case...

Mellon on the markets - The times they are a changin'

I was recently invited to a Conservative Party lunch hosted by the City and Westminster Tory Association. It was a jolly affair, with hundreds of well-oiled attendees, and despite the recent electoral setback, the mood appeared quite upbeat....

Mellon on the markets - Assume the brace position

In the past month, I've been going around the British Isles, talking to groups of people about my research into longevity, ahead of the launch of the Juvenescence book in July. I know it's always a mistake to...

Cultural self-defence for investors

"Money it's a crime. Share it fairly but don't take a slice of my pie."- Pink Floyd When I started as an Independent Financial Advisor in January 1973, after vain attempts to lose any personality and thus qualify...

Death & Taxes Capital Punishment

Last month I mentioned Professor Parkinson's take on our tax system... “It's designed to tax income when you're living and capital when you die.” This time round let's look at what happens when we exit this mortal coil....

Mellon on the markets - Juvenescence, Bill Gates and the Markets

It's been a month since the Master Investor Show, and it's been a busy one. Markets have basically gone nowhere, except for the post-Macron relief rally which, if you ask me, will soon peter out. I've been busy...