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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Bonding with uncertainty

Craving a bit of day-to-day uncertainty, Carole weighs up the frisson of a potential premium bond win against the certainty of a miserly fixed rate… (more…)