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The Nobel name dropping game

Modern portfolio theory

The Nobel name dropping game

Working inside the Financial Services industry for 25 years (and observing it from the outside for another five) I guess I’ve seen most of what goes on there. I know what good (and fair priced) financial products – and financial advisers – look like. And some of those advisers are really good at their job. But…

Two Nobel prize winners

Two Nobel Prize winners

Two Nobel prize winners

Some financial advisers promote their investment service as ‘robust’ because it’s based on the ideas of a particular Nobel Prize-winning economist. The trouble is, they don’t tell you about the other Nobel Prize winner of the same year  – who had very different ‘herding’ ideas about what drives prices in stock markets 😉 Here’s an…

How do house prices look now

UK Home Prices Feb update

How do house prices look now

With UK home prices having fallen (on both the Halifax and Nationwide indices) recently … it’s a good time for a fresh look at price prospects. For thoughts on USA house prices go to this page Or to see if RENTING really is ‘money down the drain’  see here Here I want to ask if UK…

US House prices now

USA Home Prices

US House prices now

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

Anne Hathaway's cottage

To buy or not to buy

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…

Know your elements of well-being

Elements of your well-being

Know your elements of well-being

Hey guys, a couple of years back (Sept 2015) I had a great day out listening to experts in well-being – and saw the Dalai Lama interviewed on stage at a London Theatre.