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...

Market Fear Has Always Been Expensive

Where to begin in this sea of confusion? Could things actually be going well? Have we forgotten what a wave of growth looked like? It seems that this old-aged bull market is headed on yet another long leg...

Bullish Trends, Bearish Expectations

Even as earnings continue to come in nicely above expectations and markets hit the pause button over political noise, sentiment continues to remain in the "paltry" zone. In simplest terms, there are more bears than bulls out there....

PHI's are good for you

While I appreciate Christmas is looming and tis the season to be merry please read this tale about Pensions. You never know. Somebody you care about may receive a surprise gift from you. Now unless you’ve been copying...

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...

Innocent of all Charges?

By Alan Steel Written for publication in Scotland on Sunday – Sunday 11 September Even a cursory glance at headlines in the financial pages of our national newspapers highlights an obsession with investment charges. Google “fund charges” and...

Back in to the black

Written for Publication on the Daily Business Website Monday 5 September “Everybody knows the dice are loaded, Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed, Everybody knows the fight was fixed, The poor stay poor, the rich get rich, That’s...

Summer Holiday

I must be suffering from voter fatigue. In the last two years I have had to vote in a Westminster election, an Independence referendum, a Scottish election and now a European referendum. I assume this is why I...

Goals

April’s letter went out just before my stand up spot at Jim Mellon’s London Master Investor Day on the 23rd. I’m relieved to say “The Ibiza Mix” went down well. Lots of interest, a few laughs thank goodness...

Defined Liability Schemes?

Written for Publication on Daily Business Website Unless you’re a hermit you can’t help but notice the media brouhaha over the BHS Pensions Deficit. All down to Philip Green allegedly. Well on the basis (according to my grannie...