Alan S R2 C2

It's official! No news is good news.

“The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn” Alvin Toffler…… (Future Shock 1970) One of our long-standing clients who regularly responds (favourably, thank...

Upside-down thoughts from down under

G’day! Back in the mists of time, 1991, (gulp….that’s 27 years ago!) I was well into lifelong learning but if I’d known I’d live this long I would have waited much longer before being addicted to bookshops. Yes,...

Nullius In Verba Again. Hope You Get My Drift

“I find more and more that it is well to be on the side of the minority, since it is always the more intelligent”……. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749-1832 You may have noticed these ramblings of mine are...

That was the week that was

Fifty five years ago this month, Saturday-night cult viewing on the telly was a satirical programme introduced by David Frost which shared this month’s title of Letter from Linlithgow. It was broadcast in black and white. My grandchildren...

Ain't that a shame?

A good few days ago I phoned my Aunt Irene to wish her a Happy New Year. It would have been much nicer to have paid her a visit but she lives in British Columbia, a good hour...

Alan's Christmas Crackers, pulling the other one

You’ll be glad to know my colleagues asked me to be less serious this month seeing it’s the season to be merry. So I thought I’d take an alternative route to explain a few money issues that make...

Have I got views for you?

“Tell someone that everything is great and they’re likely to either shrug you off or offer a sceptical eye. Tell someone they’re in danger and you have their undivided attention. Hearing that the world is going to hell...

October Whether Report

“October. This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August and February” ………Mark Twain “A bull market is like sex. It feels...

It'll be better than before.

Well we made it through August despite the North Korean “missile crisis”, umpteen predictions of an “imminent stockmarket crash” and our wettest summer in 80 years. All we have to do now apparently is hold our breaths until...

You'll never see the rainbow if you're looking down

If you wonder why I bother to write these contrarian muses you’re not alone. I often wonder that myself. But you may be aware I’m a fan of Warren Buffett who didn’t get to where he is today...

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