Articles by Paul Claireaux

Finding more happiness at Christmas

And at every other time of year

Happiness at Christmas

Finding more happiness at Christmas

And at every other time of year

So, the pressure is on, the Christmas preparations are in their final frenetic stage. Everyone (who’s going to) has, by now, offered you their hopes that you have a ‘good one’ . . . . . . and you know that, early in the new year, you’ll be asked to confirm that it was indeed…

How safe are your bonds now?

With interest rates on the floor

Safe

How safe are your bonds now?

With interest rates on the floor

Many advisers will tell you that ‘bonds’ are the ‘safer’ part of your investment portfolio. “Your bonds will protect your funds if the riskier part (your shares) crash in value” is what they say. But that’s only right some of the time. Read on to find out how safe bonds are now – with interest…

How we cause disasters

By trying to avoid them all the time

Forest Fires

How we cause disasters

By trying to avoid them all the time

We’ve had some powerful reminders this week that big ‘natural’ disasters are completely beyond our control. Both Hurricane Irma and the (less well covered) Earthquake in Mexico prove just how powerless we are as natural disasters unfold. At best we can prepare to pick up the pieces after the disaster has passed. There are however other…

When will interest rates go up?

Inflation and Interest rates

When will interest rates go up?

When will interest rates go up? This is surely the biggest financial question on everyone’s mind. Whether you’re saving for a deposit on a home or you already have one with a big mortgage attached, or you’re nearing retirement and concerned about annuity rates. You’ll want to have a view about this. A lot of the…