"Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow"

“Oh the ‘market’ today is frightful, and the economy’s hardly delightful But to pessimists just say ‘No’…… Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow” (with apologies to Sammy Cahn) “I find more and more that it...

Something in the Way the Market Moves…

Records are being set in the Holiday Season, and lost in the headlines. And consumers seem just a tad nonplussed by all these suggestions of tariff wars which, at the current levels of 10% on $250 billion in...

FAANGs for the Memories

In a few days it will be our wedding anniversary. Much to my surprise the memsahib has asked to celebrate with a trip to hear the Wiener Sängerknaben yodel a few Christmas carols. I always thought Sängerknaben were...

B is for ......

This month’s missive is about the “B” word I’m afraid. I have tried to avoid mentioning it but to be honest it is now impossible. For the last couple of years the “believers” have been telling us we...

Don’t be fooled by stock market gloom-mongers

Well I don’t know why I watched that tonight I’d a feeling that something ain’t right I’m so scared that I’ll lose all my shares And I’m wondering how to shake off the bears Clowns to the left...

The Long Game

“Well I don’t know why I watched that tonight, I’m left with a feeling that something ain’t right I’m so scared in case I lose all my shares, and wondering how to get rid of these bears Clowns...

Bear Market Rubber-Necking

Why does an accident on any well-travelled highway always cause a traffic tie-up on both sides of the road? We just can’t help but stop and stare. And only once the mayhem caused by onlookers clears does the...

The True Colour of Wealth

This chart has passed around many circles. But after the month of October it’s well worth a revisit. Let it serve as a mental reset: Focus for a moment on all that ‘blue’ colour above. Then look at...

Things that go bump on your doorstep!

It is possible the scariest thing that will come to your door today will be the postman with a valuation of your investments. No chance of a treat when you open that I’m afraid. We have entered a...

Snakes and Ladders

Let’s start with a quiz. The VIX is A German DIY chain Something granny used to rub on your chest when you were ill A metric of fear If you answered A, B or C I am afraid...