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As the UK officially enters a recession, there may not be much that individuals can do to affect the macroeconomic position but there are several steps that we can take to limit the risks to our personal circumstances and keep us on track towards our...

Image from missavana on pixabay.com Inevitably in this profession, from time to time I come across advice from other advisers and it is hard to resist the temptation to pass a critical eye over it to see what solutions other people are recommending.  The task is...

Image by Alexsander-777 on pixabay.com One of the outcomes on investors (apart from the precipitous and, so far, largely temporary) plunge in capital values in March) of the current global pandemic is that a decent proportion of companies have suspended their dividend payments.  This is usually...

Image from 12019 at pixabay.com For many years now, investors have looked enviously at the apparent ability of certain institutions, such as the huge endowment funds which support some of the large US universities, apparently to earn returns far ahead of those of the majority.  Their...

Image by Valdemaras D on pexels.com Inflation (the rate at which the prices of goods and services increase) is a stealthy thief of the value of investors’ capital.  From time to time, it hits the headlines when rates get out of control (for example, in Germany...

Image from Breakingpic on pexels.com Despite all the generally (and understandably) negative newsflow about Coronavirus, one of the outcomes of the government-mandated two-metre lateral separation is that many people who routinely carried out their jobs in a particular way have had to adapt to operating differently. While...

Image from pixeltweaks on pixabay With depressing regularity, investors in assets which they were told were secure turn out to be anything but that.  I draw the distinction here between those whose falls are simply a function of broad market movements which affect all publicly quoted...

Those who were duped by fraudsters in financial scandals were persuaded to buy something which, had they stopped to think more closely, might have seemed too good to be true.  Good advisers ensure that their clients understand what they are buying and take the trouble...