Optimism’s on the rise in the land down under

There’s always two ways of looking at things. That’s what separates optimists and pessimists. Back in the mists of time, 1991 when I was still young… stop sniggering at the back! … commentators were obsessed by recession fears...

Markets brave another storm warning

Well that last piece of mine in mid-February was great timing, eh? Here’s me rabbiting on about Februarys being more famous for weather extremes than stock market traumas, and before you can say “climate change” along comes the...

It’s the stock everyone’s raving about …

It’s easy to have your head turned by what you read online, but a new study shows the danger of buying into ‘hot’ companies or sectors. Investors can be manipulated by digital media to overpay for promoted shares....

Time to pour cold water on market doomsayers

If you’re a stock market investor, especially if you’re getting on a bit like me, February certainly lived up to its reputation for springing surprise extremes on us, although over my lifetime it’s February’s weather extremes that spring...

Ian Cowie: Send me long-term returns, Santa, I’ve been a good investor this year

Share prices in Britain’s biggest companies surged last December, but will we enjoy a “Santa rally” again this year — or a Christmas crash? It is worth asking because the FTSE 100 has risen in 27 out of...

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...