Thank God its Christmas

As usual, at this time of year, as we all have our minds on other matters, Informing You briefly looks back at the previous twelve months, and what a year it has been! Anyone looking in a crystal...

Informing You - November 2011

Take it easy In the FT last week it was reported that two separate studies, one American and one Chinese, found a definite link between the rate of heart attacks and stock market movements. The Chinese study found...

Informing You - October 2011

WHAT CAN WE BELIEVE? With all the scary news headlines we have read over the last few months, it is perhaps surprising that one of the most disturbing things I heard relates to something that happened in the...

The Swinging Sixties and Seventies

THE SWINGING SIXTIES AND SEVENTIES How do you fancy this deal? At age 60 you give me £100,000 and I will give you £5,800 back every year until you die. Oh, that is if you are a man....

Cutting Through The Gloom

CUTTING THROUGH THE GLOOM A lot has been mentioned in the news about the fear of contagion in the Eurozone if one of the countries defaults on its debts. However, the truth is the real financial contagion happened...

Life is full of ups and downs

LIFE IS FULL OF UPS AND DOWNS In between newspapers being closed, and the top brass at the Met resigning, there have been reports in the press of the meeting of European leaders taking place and how this...

One Flew Over The Greek Cuckoo Nest

ONE FLEW OVER THE (GREEK) CUCKOO NEST I must admit that I am finding it difficult to get caught up in the furore over the possibility of Greece defaulting on its debt. The market is allegedly on tenterhooks...

What a nightmare

WHAT A NIGHTMARE The reason why this month's missive is later than usual is that I have just returned from my annual golf outing to Portugal. Normally I would not bore anyone with my holidays abroad, and don't...

Informing You - April 2011

A RIGHT ROYAL MESS The Royal Wedding and the upcoming Scottish Election have made me think of how our lives have changed since the Queen's Coronation in 1953, and also of the vacuous promises still being made by...

Informing You - Budget March 2011

KEEP IT SIMPLE, STUPID I listened to the Budget on the radio while playing "avoid the pothole" which, in other countries, is called driving. This wasn't ideal as the more George Osborne droned on I felt my eyes...