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...

Few changes, and that’s fair enough

What’s the world coming to ? The UK March Budget used to be fun. Umpteen controversial changes aimed at the investment and financial planning community. Boffins would pore over thousands of pages of small print playing Spot The...

If you can’t pick early, pick when ripe

We can all beat ourselves up for not investing in corporate giants in their infancy, but Apple’s return to growth shows it’s never too late to back a winner. It was a bittersweet week for Apple, the biggest...

What will Trump equities this year?

2015 had been predicted by most experts to be a good year for stock market investors. Based on what? Most probably because the previous two years had been pretty special. They call it “recency bias”. Double digit total...

You can't fix stoopid

Almost seven years ago in a crazy diner in Tampa Bay’s Anna Maria Island my old friend Pete introduced me to what he called “the Brains Trust”. It included folks such as John, who talked like John Wayne...

All I want for Christmas is the dividend

December’s share price rise is a gift but long-term investors still prefer to find payouts under the tree. Will there be a ‘Santa rally’ this year? The Footsie has risen in value during 26 of the 32 Decembers...

Facts and fiction (sometimes called Statistics)

This week’s column was going to be about the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. Never mind. What a waste of time that was. Not that it put off our news channels from wallowing in misery as usual. A year ago...

Stay calm and Trump weak hand

On 7 November it was reported that Chris, a technology worker in California was so terrified Donald Trump would win the US Presidential Election he sold his entire diversified portfolio of shares and bonds worth some $250,000. He...

Annuities: how to benefit from the small print

On the way back from my annual homage to Ibiza I bought a British newspaper in the airport. Turning to the Money section I was appalled to read some of the most irresponsible financial reporting I’ve seen in...