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Black Monday and Dot.com Doom

This week was the 30th anniversary of Black Monday. A crippling stock market crash which wiped 23% off the FTSE100 in just 2 gut-wrenching days in October 1987. I was 16 (surely not, you cry) and I still remember the shocking pictures of grown men weeping outside the Stock Exchange.

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Don't get mad get even

Women are particularly wary about the whole investing circus. We’re more likely to say it’s like gambling. More likely to be more mistrusting. To roll our eyes at the pinstripe suit brigade who may as well be on Mars. The industry likes to say that we have “lower risk tolerance” or are a “less adventurous investors”. The truth is we simply don’t want to put our money into things we don’t understand or with people we don’t trust.

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Intro to investing

Investing could do with an image makeover. Somewhere between the industry jargon and the ever-changing government schemes the very concept has been so head-bangingly complicated that we have become alienated from even thinking about it. The Gordon Geckos and Wolves of Wall Street haven’t helped either. The Hollywood version of the stock market is all Ferraris and unpleasant guys in sharp suits...

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5 ways you're being rinsed!

These days it’s hard to know who to trust online. And just what to prioritise first. We’re suspicious but time poor. Here are 5 of the main ways we see millions of Brits flushing head-earned money down the metaphorical loo. Reading this article could save you thousands of pounds!

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The most dangerous mouse in Britain

Inflation is one of those dull words bandied about by economists, in the finance pages and on the news. Easy to put into the “Yeah whatever” category and move on. But STOP! Inflation isn’t some irrelevant boring word. It is a lethal mouse which eats away your cheese and leaves you hungry on the sidelines! Do you know what your financial mousetrap should be?

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Nudge, the Diet Coke investment and the 1983 pound

This week Dr Richard Thaler won the Nobel Prize for Economics. He’s the self-described ‘lazy’ behavioural finance expert who wrote the book ‘Nudge’ and has advised the UK Government (amongst others) about how to tackle the pensions savings gap. His work will impact many of us. The basic gist is that we can encourage better behaviour around concepts like saving by how we position people’s choice. “Choice architecture.”

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