Category : Current financial events

Ordering people to save or to lose weight.

  I saw an article in the Metro the other day (18th April) about how Croydon council is considering banning new fast-food outlets.   They’ve had 246 outlets operating in the last year, so I’m not convinced that stopping the … Continue reading

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Dying for money.

I saw a very sad headline the other day (Metro, January 23rd 2013).   It said “Male suicide at 10-year high as recession bites”.   That’s the sort of thing, suicide, depression, anxiety, that people associate with psychologists, but it’s … Continue reading

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FSA still living in the past.

  I found that the FSA is warning that advisors need “to review each portfolio to mitigate the risk of portfolios becoming misaligned“.   That’s true, as far as it goes – but it only goes about three millimetres and then stalls! … Continue reading

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Financial education

  I’m working on some projects about teaching finance in schools at the moment (which is why the posts have been a bit rare recently). I’m trying to put together a pilot programme for schools as well as some supporting … Continue reading

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Fund managers – worthwhile?

    Interesting comment from a senior official of Lloyds Banking Group to the Treasury Select Committee.   He admits that most fund managers aren’t worth what they’re paid.  Which is great news.  Maybe they’ll sack most of them so charges will … Continue reading

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If borrowing is the answer

  II did a piece about people in debt a while ago.   One of the things that caused the physical problems I mentioned is that people have chronic debt.   That’s, chronic, not in the sense of bad, but of … Continue reading

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Where does the money go?

I was asked recently to say what would happen with the hundreds of millions (billions?) of pounds being refunded for mis-sold insurance policies.   A twenty minute conversation became (as these things do) a single line in the Financial Mail … Continue reading

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Couples and finance at Christmas

    I’ve been on radio a bit lately.    I was on BBC Newcastle about people spending on their children, and on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire about the rise in buying tokens rather than spending money.  This was on … Continue reading

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Why don’t they listen?

I’ve said several times that it would be really handy if the UK Government actually bothered to ask what to do in specialist areas instead of going their own way.   But what do they do?   They decide to ask their political … Continue reading

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Obesity epidemic

I’ve seen headlines about the obesity epidemic recently (e.g. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-301419/Fat-Britain-Tackling-obesity-epidemic.html).    I’m surprised by the incredulity people show that so many are obese.   Why do you think we evolved to have the taste buds we do, to taste sweet, … Continue reading

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