Ho Ho Ho

As an inherently lazy person I thought I would wait and see if the Mayan prediction came to fruition before writing this month's Informing You. Although judging by the weather there is a possibility that we could all...

Dear Santa

I used to love writing letters to Santa. Like all children, I told him how good I had been all year and in return I expected all sorts of presents. I now appreciate how much trepidation my Mother...

Swickipedia

SWICKIPEDIA What has happened to our society that there now seems no shame in being dishonest? When I read about our Chancellor of the Exchequer trying to get away with sitting in First Class when he only had...

LOOKING OVER THE HORIZON

INFORMING YOU - SEPTEMBER 2012 Well, it appears that Summer is over, although I must have blinked as I missed it. The weather forecasters are reiterating how difficult it is to make any sort of accurate prediction when...

I WONDER WHY

Much has been made of the feel good factor that is running through the country as a result of the Olympic Games. Who would have thought this possible in the months leading up to the games with the...

A MATTER OF TRUST

It is remarkable how the reputation of banks has been battered particularly over the last years. From the packaging of toxic loans they classed as safe, to the falsification of LIBOR, the immorality of their industry has been...

Time for Radical Thinking

Isn't it ironic that the semi-finalists in the European Championships are the main protagonists in the Euro debacle. Germany have already seen off Greece, and now they have to beat Italy and Spain if they are to come...

End Game

I was hoping to write about something other than the Euro this month, as no doubt you are as fed up of the subject as me, but events mean this is not to be. At last it looks...

TRUE VALUE INVESTING

There is a saying in life that you get what you pay for, and in most aspects this is patently true. A buyer of a Bentley can expect to travel in more comfort than someone buying a Kia...

RETIREMENT DREAM ON

INFORMING YOU - MARCH 2012 RETIREMENT? - DREAM ON Another Budget and as usual more tinkering with the tax system. To be honest there were no real shocks in the Budget so I do not intend to go...