Death & Taxes: I never thought I'd live to be a hundred

Article courtesy of Master Investor Magazine October 2017 I appreciate that for most of us financial planning is like watching paint dry. And after all there's plenty of time to start thinking about all that stuff. But is...

Who Broke the Market’s Crystal Ball?

Corporate earnings continue, in the majority, to beat expectations. And we’re not future-gazing here when we say that this trend is normal in the first few weeks of the earnings season. It’s only once we get past the...

October Whether Report

“October. This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August and February” ………Mark Twain “A bull market is like sex. It feels...

Ian Cowie: Shares bounce back, even after Black Monday and the Great Storm

Black Monday was a baptism of fire for this cub reporter in the Square Mile almost a working lifetime ago, but the 30th anniversary this week of the 1987 stock market crash may still have lessons for investors...

The Bad Times Don’t Come to Stay, They Come to Pass…

I’ve been told since 1982 that I wear rose-coloured glasses. Maybe so, but the overwhelming signal from history suggests it’s far more valuable to wear those “happy specs” even during the bad periods. That’s because the bad times...

Accentuate the Positive…

Did you know that the vast majority, well above 95%, of the news we take in each day is, in a word, negative. We’re fed data and perspectives that drive worries about almost everything: money, economic issues, politics,...

When Folks Start Investing to Lose Money

If the recent strong ISM Manufacturing data from September (hurricanes and all) didn’t make your day, perhaps the latest ISM report on the Non-Manufacturing (Service) sector will manage to. Economists and analysts thought we would come in at...

Market Storms in a Teacup

Funny how the calendar can shape your perspective on the financial markets. Right now we’re in that odd spot of the year between the summer haze wearing off and the fears about September and October crashing over us....

Watching Out for “What Isn’t Happening”

We’re just past the post on the end of Q3, 2017 and…crickets. Sure, the problems seem to be endless. And if there weren’t such ample supplies of garbage in the headlines then I’m sure they would invent some....

The Ghosts in the Stock Market Machine

Halloween may still be several weeks away but there’s no shortage of ghost sightings out there amongst the investor herd. Imagination is the enemy, and they’re clinging to theirs fear like it was a security blanket. And it’s...