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...

Ten Years After

Did you know I get paid nowadays to read for hours and hours. Paid to do what I love. Magic. And as a result I come across lots of books, articles and reports. This month there’s been stuff...

SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE

Ask anyone linked to Linlithgow through lineage or family when the Linlithgow Riding of the Marches takes place, and they don’t need a chart or a calculator. It’s easy. It’s the First Tuesday after the Second Thursday in...

The Long and Short of Success

Why do folks find it hard to believe that I was the Linlithgow Academy athletic champion in fifth year back in 1965? But because I was born in late February, thanks to the “rules of the game” for...

Horses for Courses

How good are you at picking winners? Take the Aintree Grand National on Saturday for instance. The horse I backed at 20 to 1 came in at 20 past 6. It was the last of 19 that finished...

Compounding the good news

Half way through March already and it’s been an interesting couple of weeks. Usual mix of good and bad news. As per the jokes let’s get the bad news out the way first. First up was Hammond’s Budget...