Safe As Houses

The practice of holding wealth or savings as cash, from an economic point of view, is full of paradoxes and puzzles. The paradox of thrift is one, where it is …

Service Myths

Speaking frankly – almost all fund managers, platform providers and financial product producers dislike the service element of the businesses they run. They dislike it because it’s expensive, it’s hard …

Northern Rock Battered From Across The Atlantic

Fear is a powerful force and was evident last week in the UK when thousands of customers made a ‘£1 billion run’ on the embattled Northern Rock bank fearing it …

Rethinking Conventional Careers Advice

Entrepreneurs are a diverse bunch the world over with an appetite for risk and a single-minded approach being about all this interesting breed of business people have in common. A …

Commission Payments Doomed in The UK?

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) in the UK is aiming to regulate planner commissions out of existence – but in reality this is going to prove very difficult. This was …

Commission Payments Doomed in The UK?

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) in the UK is aiming to regulate planner commissions out of existence – but in reality this is going to prove very difficult. This was …

Reckless Conservatism

At times like this, when stock market trading screens turn red, ordinary UK investors are probably grateful they have so much of their wealth held in cash. The average self-invested …

Reckless Conservatism

At times like this, when stock market trading screens turn red, ordinary UK investors are probably grateful they have so much of their wealth held in cash. The average self-invested …

Trustee Power

The recent take-over of high street chemist Alliance Boots by private equity giant Kravis Kohlberg Roberts (KKR) highlighted the new powers of UK pension scheme trustees in corporate deals. Until …

And the Award Goes To

The private client sector of the UK financial services market is very mature – so much so that there is an annual awards ceremony to mark those individuals and companies …

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