Elderly savers; cast adrift like Captain Bligh

WHEN you reach retirement age, what should you do with your money? It is a simple question but one that is fiendishly difficult...

Accentuate the negative; another down day for the markets

MARKETS have a habit of turning on a dime and surprising the unwary commentator. But one tip your blogger can share after 30...

Rally, rally, rally. But for how long?

STOCKMARKETS are fickle beasts, particularly in a world of short-term trading philosophies. Those who have gone short (bet on a falling price) may...

Don’t cheer a devaluation

THE pound has dropped to its lowest level against the dollar since March 2009, on fears that the support of Boris Johnson, London’s...

The trucks and trains test; barely rolling along

MARKETS have moved from worrying about the Chinese economy to fretting about the biggest economy in the world. Brokers are now putting probability...

Political power follows economic power

POLITICAL leaders, central bankers and economists are grappling with a whole range of problems at the moment, while simultaneously facing a challenge to...

Companies gamble; pension funds take the hit

BAD news for the members of American private final salary pension schemes. January's falling stockmarkets and corporate bond yields mean that the aggregate...

The fallibility of central banks

CENTRAL banks have become the most powerful economic actors on the planet. In part, this is because governments have been so reluctant, since...

Get ready for dividend cuts

REINVESTED dividends are the main source of long-term equity returns. And a high divdend yield is a big argument for buying equities. But...

Falling bank shares: a bad omen?

ANOTHER worry has been added to the long list plaguing equity markets this year. Bank shares have been falling fast, particularly those in...

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