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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…

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…

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