2018 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner - Alan Steel

Winner Alan Steel was awarded our Lifetime Achievement Award at our Annual Conference, which took place on the 17th of May at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. The Award was presented by Gaynor Turner, Ambassador in our Edinburgh Executive...

Never mind leaving money to the kids: use IT or lose it to the taxman

How do you fancy getting a 40% discount on a dream holiday, home extension or boat? Most weeks, this column urges readers to save and invest, but a change is as good as a rest. So here is...

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...

Points of Few “Just Fuhgeddaboudit…”

Long before our literary purchases arrived on doorsteps via post-drop or drone delivery from Brazilian river Inc., and Kindling was anything other than a fire starter, we roamed a bricks and mortar world of A.M. milk drops, VHS...

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...