A Strange Year

I thought that the weather in Scotland couldn’t get any stranger but writing this on a December day that is warmer than many we saw this summer is a new experience even for me. The timing of this...

The China Syndrome

I foolishly thought the Chancellors Autumn Statement would give me plenty to write about this month, but no. Sure the market for “buy-to-let” has been given another bashing but not before time in my opinion, particularly when it...

What we really should be concerned about

Oh dear! It appears that I would have been as well snorting asbestos dust for the last fifty years as eating the countless bacon sandwiches I have had in that time. It is claimed that the smell of...

With a little bit of luck

Imagine the scenario. There are two fund managers, both of whom have demonstrated their expertise by producing well above average returns for their clients over the years. In the late summer after much deliberation they both decide that...

Manic Monday

For some strange reason the lyrics of the 80's Bangles hit "Manic Monday" are going through my head, particularly the chorus "it's just another manic Monday, I wish it were Sunday, cos that's my fun day"! Now I...

Midsummer Madness

Is it just me or has the last month been rather bizarre? It started with half of the Conservative post-election budget coming straight out of the Labour manifesto. We then saw the Greeks apparently agreeing to pay tax...

Land of the Free

In this era of twitter and text messages it is common for acronyms to be used to save space. Anyone with a teenager would probably struggle to understand some of their texts or tweets with the plethora of...

You can never be sure

I wonder how many times David Cameron had to pinch himself on the Friday after the Election? My guess is by the Saturday his body will have been covered in tiny bruises. No doubt "oor" Nicola will have...

VOICES OF REASON

How does this sound as an investment proposition? You give me money now and in five years' time I will give you only 95% of it back. Interested? Sound like a good deal? I didn't think so, but...

BE WARY WARY AND QUITE CONTRARY

I see that sections of the media (and usually it seems those with no money themselves) are still banging on about "rip off" charges on Private Pensions, and as a consequence Labour MPs have joined in presumably to...