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Economics Trumps Emotions

I have just come back from a few days in New York. Whilst there I spent an hour or two perusing some of their many bookstores and if I did not know better I would think that a...

Taxing Times in Scotland

Normally our office has its Christmas lunch on the second last Thursday before Christmas. For some reason this was changed to the 21st this year which meant I was able to watch the speech by the Scottish Finance...

What a relief (I think?)…

It was a strange feeling I had after listening to the Budget, a combination of disappointment and relief. Disappointed, as having to write Informing You there really wasn’t much to get my teeth into, but also relief as...

We Are All Biased

As some of you may know I am a lifelong fan of Aberdeen Football Club. This meant from the age of 16 to 21 I experienced a period of success that is unlikely to be equalled in my...

Don’t Believe The Hype….

The good thing about the German election was it took the war of words between the two demagogues out of the headlines for a bit and distracted us from guessing which of them will throw their missiles out...

Taxing Times Ahead?

Although it is only five months since we had the last ever March Budget it feels like an eternity. In that time we have had an election with the resulting hung parliament, North Korea sabre rattling, President Trump...

A Brave New World

You will have probably read a lot recently about robots and how they are going to put us all out of a job. Apparently if you have a job that pays under $20 an hour in the US...

A Bright (And Clean) Future….

A client wanted to speak to me the other day as he was “depressed as a result of watching the news.” I suggested that he stop watching* but he said that even listening to the radio barely provided...

A Cloudy Day

My plans were to write about the General Election next month, but I have to say the events in Manchester have cast a pall over everything and mean that trying to write light heartedly about politics is the...

Politics V Economics

I think now is a good time to question exactly what impact politicians can have on investment returns. We have heard much about the "Trump Bump" and the way markets reacted to the news that Macron had made...