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US House prices now

February 2019 update

USA Home Prices

US House prices now

February 2019 update

It’s often said, in the USA, that Janet Yellen didn’t have any appetite for pricking bubbles  – or upsetting pr_cks – before her departure as the head of the US Federal Reserve. And whilst Jerome Powell (the new head of the Fed) seems happy enough to upset Trump (not difficult) … and has been raising interest rates for…

To buy or not to buy

... that is the question

Anne Hathaway's cottage

To buy or not to buy

... that is the question

To buy – or not to buy (and rent) that is the question! Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous house price growth … … OK, sorry, got carried away there. The truth is that buying a property is one of the biggest financial decisions we will ever…

Should you invest in bitcoin?

Or are you a teeny bit late?

Bye bye Bitcoin

Should you invest in bitcoin?

Or are you a teeny bit late?

Please note the date of this article. Yes, it needs an update but the key points remain valid. In early December 2017, a friend of mine asked me if he should invest in bitcoin? So, I wrote this article for him at that time. And a few weeks later he was quite angry at me…

Why house prices will probably fall

Unless earnings rise a lot

House price crash

Why house prices will probably fall

Unless earnings rise a lot

I realise that this message (that house prices will probably fall) will not be welcomed by a lot of homeowners – and I’m sorry about that. But this site is about education and, from time to time, the facts about asset prices (houses or shares) don’t make for easy reading. That said, I think younger…

Bubbles, Bubbles everywhere

but not everyone believes they exist

bubbles everywhere

Bubbles, Bubbles everywhere

but not everyone believes they exist

Hey guys, I realise that this article needs updating … … I last updated it in February 2018 and have been updating it since September 2016 … and will update it again soon … … but it’s still highly relevant. I’m also very sorry if this is the first time you’ve seen these warnings because the trouble…

How to turn £2,400 into £20,000 with simple financial magic

And without taking any silly investment risks

Financial magic

How to turn £2,400 into £20,000 with simple financial magic

And without taking any silly investment risks

How would you like to learn some real financial magic? Well, this might be one of the most magical money ideas you’ll ever see. But, before you read on, I must warn you . . . the key idea here might not help you personally. It all depends on your circumstances. That said, if you…

How to test your investment adviser

Before it's too late

Mencken. Clear, simple and wrong

How to test your investment adviser

Before it's too late

This Insight will equip you to test your investment adviser about your expected investment returns. If you think this is useful guidance and you want to help me stop the spread of misleading information from parts of the multi-trillion pound (dollar) investment industry, then please share:-)

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…

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