Ian Cowie: Shares bounce back, even after Black Monday and the Great Storm

Black Monday was a baptism of fire for this cub reporter in the Square Mile almost a working lifetime ago, but the 30th anniversary this week of the 1987 stock market crash may still have lessons for investors...

Take Politics out of our pension plans

Although Brexit will dominate the political agenda in the coming months irrespective of which party wines on Thursday, I hope the next Government adopts a more coherent policy on pension saving.………. …… Pension annuities Pension annuities get a...

Don’t worry about saving – do something

I may have mentioned previously that a survey carried out in the US by the Wall Street Journal found that the main reason for sleepless nights of Baby Boomers was money worries. It found that almost half of...

A grim unfairy tale of SIPPs and salesmen

We had a recent visit from a retired couple just turned 70, recommended by their best friends who have been clients for 20 years. Their IFA, they explained, was a one-man band and wasn’t returning calls. They understood...

Stay away 'til St Leger Day? Don't bet on it

Where has the year gone ? Suddenly it’s May. And with May comes the fresh plant growth that’s such welcome news. However to balance that along comes our weary economists, awakening from their winter slumber. As my grannie...

Investor Points of Few – What We’ve Got Here is a Failure to Communicate

Originally published on HNW Magazine Jeff Miller’s latest financial market assessment on Dash of Insight reminds me of the now infamous line from the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke, where prison warden (Strother Martin) tells rebellious prisoner Paul...

Forgotten your canary? Here's when to flee the shares gold mine

The long stock market bull run has yielded juicy returns, but it will pay to know when it’s time to be more cautious Lights in the dark: indicators that the bull run might be about to end include...

The Merchants of Menace

Anybody even just glancing at the money pages over the last week can’t have failed to notice it’s that time again. For some reason or other financial journalists deem this week “ISA Season”. I read today that over...

Make sure you’re worth more than a smidgeon

Last week we had our Spring UK Budget. Immediately afterwards I, and a hundred others, strived manfully to report all the changes. A week later the biggest fund raiser change for the Government is dumped by public demand....

Money For Nothing and Cheques For Free

Well we survived another UK Budget. Don’t know about you but that’s 48 years’ worth for me. And for years our sadistic Chancellors fit in two every year just to upset us further. As usual the response of...