Informing You - December 2005

Alan Steel's Traditional Christmas Whisky Cake Recipe 8oz butter 1lb sugar 6 large eggs 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 ½lb flour, sifted 1/2 tsp. salt 1lb pecans, chopped 1 1/2lb white raisins (or use candied fruit) 1 tsp....

Informing You - November 2005

LOCATION, LOCATION, SPECULATION11 Judging by the viewing figures, I am not the only one who enjoys watching property programmes on TV. People like Sarah Beeny, who hosts Property Ladder, and Phil and Kirsty, from Location, Location, Location, have...

Informing You - October 2005

PERCEPTION v REALITY I am constantly being reminded by my mother that things were so much better years ago. There is more war, terrorism and violence than when she was a nipper. I had tended to believe this...

Informing You - September 2005

Planning for Retirement One of the biggest decisions that anyone will have to make is when they decide that the time has come for them to give up working. When I was last in London I got a...

Informing You - August 2005

Pensions - A Matter of Life and Death It's hardly any wonder the majority of people are sick to the back teeth with pensions. In the last two or three years there's hardly been a week that's gone...

Informing You - July 2005

A SUPER NOVA INVESTMENT? by Alan Steel This month's Informing You has been held up a bit thanks to everybody being on holiday, me included. You'll be glad to know for a change I didn't go to Ibiza....

Informing You - June 2005

HOME TO ROOST Of all the myriad of changes that will occur when the new pensions act comes into force next year, the one that seems to have captured the imagination of the public and journalists is the...

Informing You - May 2005

LE BIG BROTHER by Fiona Middlemiss As the Government announce their plans to introduce ID cards, and the French discuss and vote on the future of an EU Constitution, we have been given a glimpse of our possible...

Informing You - April 2005

Fools' Gold Steven Forbes warns investors that banks and building societies introduce new types of accounts with better interest rates to attract new customers while at the same time have their loyal and long standing clients in defunct...

Informing You - March 2005

Winning Investments Alan Steel says, "We still believe this is a time to be committed to equities - hang on in there." We thought it was a good idea to send this issue out early for a few...