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29 Mar 2017
Let’s talk about death. That’s always hard.
It’s the kind of thing we don’t like to think about. It’s also the kind of thing we can’t help thinking about, especially when we have a family to consider. So why, when the roofs over our children’s heads are at stake, do so many primary earners in families not have life insurance policies?
24 Mar 2017
Spring is sprung, now for the new year (!?)
Let’s begin with a quiz question. Why does the financial year run from April to March and not throughout a calendar year, which would seem to be more sensible?
08 Mar 2017
Joke and Mirrors
It took the Leader of the Opposition – not famous for being a free marketeer – to point out there was nothing in the Chancellor’s much-awaited Budget for those ‘struggling to get on the housing ladder’.
07 Mar 2017
Please Mr Chancellor, ease up on Stamp Duty
In years gone by Budget Day was brightened up by a lively betting market on all sorts of predictions.
28 Feb 2017
Low interest rates abound, time for a Windfall?
Water, water everywhere and no a drop to drink, quoted the Ancient Mariner. Coleridge’s great words were about being left adrift in a small boat with a grand thirst and nothing but the undrinkable sea all around. There seems a parallel in this age’s ultra low interest rate environment. It seems increasingly hard to find anywhere to save your cash with any hope of a decent return.
16 Jan 2017
Beating the January blues
The Scots have a word for January so gloriously accurate it could be onomatopoeic: Dreech. It means grey, drizzly, windy and cold - weather conditions not unknown to any native of Scotland – but more recently it has come to mean a state of mind for the post-Christmas blues.
16 Mar 2016
The Chancellor backs savers for homes and retirement
He said it four times, so we can only assume he meant it.
09 Feb 2016
How safe are my savings?
We’ve all read heart-breaking stories of savers losing their hard-won nest-eggs – because of fraud, or bad advice.
27 May 2015
Italy
So this is what they mean by retirement.
08 Apr 2015
Right to buy?
This sounds like the start of an Oxbridge entrance interview question.
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