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...

Fear & Greed

“Rule #1 - Most things will prove to be cyclical. Rule #2 – Some of the greatest opportunities for gain and loss come when other people forget Rule #1.” Howard Marks For the last week or two it...

Market bogeymen on the hunt for red October?

It’s that time of year again folks, October the favourite month of bogeymen. The month that nights start drawin’ in, clocks go back and ghouls roam wild..and all the scarier nowadays given that spoilsports in the UK Government,...

Probability, Perspective and Perception

“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 “Better Not Look Down If You Want To...