Don’t let gloomy forecasts cloud your investment plans

‘January, you start the year off fine’– Neil Sedaka ‘Fear is an emotion not a stockmarket indicator’– Coreen T Sol ‘The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable’J K Galbraith My ageing memory had...

Ignore the cold and take a dip - dividends will keep you warm

Despite volatile conditions, Britain’s 10 biggest businesses offer an average yield of 5%. Investors should consider taking the plunge. Dreams of capital gains can disappear in a puff of smoke but the discipline of dividends or investing for...

Fear is a terrible thing, but don’t let it scare you

LET IT SNOW “Oh, the markets these days are frightful And our economy’s hardly delightful But to all the pessimists just say ‘No’ Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow….” (Apologies to Sammy Cahn) Checking through...

Don’t be fooled by stock market gloom-mongers

Well I don’t know why I watched that tonight I’d a feeling that something ain’t right I’m so scared that I’ll lose all my shares And I’m wondering how to shake off the bears Clowns to the left...

Beware the scary bits in the Budget small print

Did you know this was the first Monday Budget since 1962? I don’t remember that. Hammond said it was an emergency Budget that year thanks to the Cold War Crisis. I must have been too busy being a...

Market bogeymen on the hunt for red October?

It’s that time of year again folks, October the favourite month of bogeymen. The month that nights start drawin’ in, clocks go back and ghouls roam wild..and all the scarier nowadays given that spoilsports in the UK Government,...

Banking on another recession, are we?

It was reported the other day on Bad News at Ten that the head honcho at RBS decreed that the UK is definitely in for a recession. Aw naw! What should we do then? Should we take heed...

Perception still clouding market realities

Unless you suffered a power cut, all your iThingies packed in and you didnae buy a newspaper at the weekend you will be only too aware that Saturday marked the tenth anniversary of the day the world banking...

Beware the profits of doom - The numbers don't stack up

This article written by Alan first appeared on the 21st of February 2009, less than two weeks before the new bull market he predicted, began on the 9th of March. His contrarian stance proved correct. What were you...

Why annuity rates won't go back to the seventies

This article quoting Alan accurately predicted that interest rates and annuity rates would remain low and was contrarian to consensus. What were you doing at the time and what were you being advised? Alan Steel, Chairman Annuity rates...