Right now it may seem like there’s nothing but gloom ahead for the UK’s economy. COVID19 refuses to disappear or submit to a cure or vaccine. Brexit is on the way in less than five months. Whatever opportunities it creates in the long term, it looks certain to cause at least some degree of disruption in the short term. In [...]
Every so often, someone brings up the old debate about whether men or women are better with money (or whether it depends entirely on the individual). The debate is often a bit of fun, but it does raise a serious question. How do you define and/or measure how well someone manages their money. Here are a few thoughts. How well [...]
It’s probably superfluous to say that the UK’s economy has contracted sharply since COVID-19 struck. It’s also probably superfluous to say that it’s currently looking that the way forward is a long, slow and difficult path. It is, however, arguably very pertinent to look at what this could mean for investors and where profits might be found even in challenging [...]
As if investors didn’t have enough to think about, they now have to deal with growing numbers of cyberattacks targeting them and the genuine financial-services companies with whom they may do business. Sadly, the fact that these attacks spiked with the Coronavirus does not necessarily mean that they will die down as life returns to normal, still less that they [...]
The world changes but sometimes the more it changes the more it stays the same. Similar comments apply to the investment world. With that in mind, here is a quick guide to the differences between Baby Boomer investors and their Millennial counterparts - along with what has stayed the same. The generation game - Baby Boomers versus Millennials As a [...]
Investment portfolios are like teams. They should all work together harmoniously, with each member bringing their own strengths to balance out the others’ weaknesses so that no matter what happens, you wind up with a good result. That’s the theory. The art, science and skill of diversification is building an investment portfolio which makes this work in practice. Here is [...]
If you have a strong stomach, then now could be the perfect time to set up your share portfolio for a win when the market recovers. Admittedly, a market recovery is not guaranteed, but a glance through history shows that there have been many occasions when the world, and the stock market, has gone through “interesting times” - and come [...]
Hopefully, the worst of the COVID19 pandemic is now over and people around the world can start easing themselves into the new normal. Of course, in some place, the term “the new normal” may have to be interpreted fairly loosely. In the UK, for example, 2021 should be the year Brexit really begins as the UK finally severs ties with [...]
Financial planning is basically the art and science of balancing your needs (and wants) in the present with your needs and wants in the future. Of course, the future can mean anything from the next few seconds to the time until your death (and maybe even beyond if you have dependents and/or are concerned about leaving a legacy). A lot [...]
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