The European Election

May 2019

This may be of no interest if, as expected, we leave the EU. But on the off chance we don’t… The European election is a curious double election going on at the same time. Voters get to vote for parties, to decide how many MEPs of each party get in from each member state. The […]

Baby boomers hampered by care cost worries

April 2019

I was picking my way through one of the electronic newspapers which arrive on my desktop via the [Expletive deleted] non-stop email delivery service. Most articles can be skimmed but one did catch my eye concerning Care Home Costs. Concerns about care costs are holding back baby boomers from spending in retirement, new research has warned.  […]

Thoughts on Investing Ethically.

April 2019

The term ‘ethical’ is often used as a catch-all to describe funds managed with social, environmental, or other responsible criteria in mind. Investing ethically offers the possibility of taking advantage of good performance whilst also benefiting society. And it’s becoming more and more popular with investors of all ages. But of course, ethics are personal. […]

Women overtake men in workplace pensions

April 2019

A higher proportion of women are now in workplace pensions than men according to Office for National Statistics figures published today. New data on workplace pension scheme membership drawn from the latest Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings for 2018 shows where workplace pensions saving is heading. It shows that among full-time and part-time workers, […]

Markets Now Bored

April 2019

Markets shrugged off news of a six-month delay to the UK’s deadline to depart from the European Union, with markets now “bored of the constant drama” associated with Brexit, although asset managers warn the country’s economy will continue to suffer as the process is dragged out. The UK has been set a 31 October deadline […]