Informing You - December 2008

Steven Forbes reflects on 2008 and believes now is a time to look forward. THAT WAS THE YEAR THAT WAS Normally I am never too bothered about celebrating on Hogmanay, which for a Scotsman is probably quite unusual....

Informing You - November 2008

DECISIONS, DECISIONS We are now only days away from Gordon Brown's, sorry I mean Alistair Darling's Autumn Statement. If you are older than twenty five, you will recall that Budget day in March used to be the only...

Informing You - October 28 Update

GOD ONLY KNOWS I normally enjoy my job. However, right now, I think being Osama Bin Laden's body double would be less stressful. Seeing clients' investment, and pension fund, values fall by such a large amount over such...

Informing You - October 17 Update

Steven Forbes, Managing Director, refers to this article from The Guardian, 22 October 2008 as "wise words". WORTH A READ The following is an article written by Simon Jenkins in the Guardian and published on Wednesday. We would...

Informing You - October 10 Update

Steven Forbes, Managing Director, reminds us of Sir John Templeton's words. Time to be like Minty? I used to produce these on a monthly basis and, to be honest, sometimes it was a struggle to come up with...

Informing You - October 2008

LETTER FROM AMERICA I've just come back from a three week break in Canada. I interrupted it to spend two days in New York meeting specialists from Ned Davis Research and Mike Williams who manages Richmond Core. The...

Informing You - September 2008

THE END OF THE WORLD Last Wednesday at 8.30am a small group of people anticipated the end of the world. The reason for this pessimism was because a giant magnet was being switched on deep underground in the...

Informing You - August 2008

HEDGE TRIMMING A couple of weekends ago I had the privilege of babysitting my 4 and 2 year old nephews. Not having any children myself I thought it would be a good opportunity to practice my parenting skills,...

Informing You - July 2008

ANOTHER FINE MESS It is difficult to write this just now without going over old ground, but sometimes you need to take a step back and look at things rationally. I shall try and do this by looking...

Informing You - June 2008

Q - IS THERE GOOD NEWS? A - YES, YOU JUST NEED TO KNOW WHERE TO LOOK Firstly let me apologise for the length of this email, but in difficult times it is I believe important to cover...