What do I know about astrophysics?

I have a namesake who is an astrophysicist (hello Carole!). I don’t know why this amuses me so much – it is hardly to my credit that I have so little knowledge or understanding about either astronomy or physics. And yet, for me, this is an area that feels so far out of my reach (in every sense of the word) that I don’t even think I have to try.

I am acutely aware that there are many, many people who feel the same way about finance and, in particular, about pensions and tax. (more…)

Life’s not fair…

…So be smart with what you’ve got!

I’ve been talking to a number of young women in recent months. When I do this, two thoughts stay uppermost in my mind:

-Carole, do not expect these fresh faces to listen in an attentive and fascinated way while you blah on about pensions

-Whoa, you’re young. (more…)

The child – and her ‘trust fund’ – grow up

I suppose you could say it was inevitable. And this month it happened. The first of our children ceased to be a child. And along with the sanctioned alcoholic bubbles (plus the reluctant acceptance that, this year, there would be no party) came the arrival of The Letter.

 

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December Market Commentary

The beginning of November saw the World Trade Organisation authorise China to put $3.6bn (£2.8bn) of tariffs on US goods. The following week it was reported that a potential trade deal between the two countries could see tariffs ‘rolled back’. (more…)

November Market Commentary

The beginning of October brought us the Conservative Party conference and a plethora of promises and fiery speeches. Meanwhile world stock markets were tumbling on fears of a global sell-off and the US/Europe tariff war joining the US/China dispute. By the middle of the month President Trump declared himself ‘optimistic’ about trade talks with China. (more…)