The 3% stamp duty surcharge on the purchase of second homes which was introduced in April 2016 has posed a problem for parents wanting to help their children onto the housing ladder by buying in joint names. However, some enterprising lenders have devised plans which avoid the problem. These plans are called joint borrower sole […]
During this week’s global stockmarket volatility, as in 2017, we were again reminded of the importance of following an investment approach based on discipline and diversification vs. prediction and timing. As we leave the new year and venture into 2018, we can look at several examples during 2017 that provide perspective on what guidance investors […]
At the beginning of 2017, a common view among money managers and analysts was that the financial markets would not repeat their strong returns from 2016. Many cited the uncertain global economy, political turmoil in the US, implementation of Brexit, conflicts in the Middle East, North Korea’s weapons build-up, and other factors. The global equity […]
Joined day-1 of the 117-mile walk in memory of Lord (Mike) Jones this morning, raising funds for the hospital unit where he was treated after suffering a haemorrhagic stroke.
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one. — Voltaire