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D1cky Waggling...or a new language

This week has been a tale of two cities as I’ve watched a rather macho high-value spat play out and also hosted a very different, disruptive exhibition which breaks the ‘City’ mould. Large financial companies lack trust. They are run by faceless ’bankers’. The Hollywood stereotypes play out in people’s minds as expensive games of one-upmanship are staged. Last week, a proposed tie up between Lloyds` pensions arm (Scottish Widows) and recently merged Standard Life Aberdeen hit the skids.

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Gobble the wobble

Gobble the wobble? Nervous times this week as what I technically refer to as a ‘stock market wobble’ unfolded. So let’s have a dig into what it means.

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Why gold is like baked beans

On Tuesday morning this week I did 15 radio interviews in 3 hours. #jawache I did this because The Royal Mint asked me if I’d partner with them for a morning to talk to people about investing. They’re keen to start the conversation as they have a new online service which lets you buy gold (and other bling) online in very small amounts and keep it in their vaults. (Which we can assume is safer than buried in plant pots or under the mattress).

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Should I stay or should I go?

Every investor has been there. You’ve bought a fund which has unhealthy amounts of red next to it and is falling behind. When do you call it a day and move on? This question is being asked a lot right now about Neil Woodford’s flagship Equity Income fund.

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What's everyone else doing!?

In a month where many of us are doubting our own sanity for living in a rain swept island in the Atlantic, Twitter is doubting the sanity of the US president and the Chelsea boss accuses Mourinho of “senile dementia”, our thoughts may also turn to what markets might do in 2018 against this most wobbly of backdrops!

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The Great Bitcoin Bonanza

“Should I buy into the current bitcoin scheme?”, I was asked for the umpteenth time this week. My experience shouts “No!” – and especially not if you are labelling it a ‘scheme’. But am I like the horse-riding mayor of yesteryear, sneering at Henry Ford? Let’s take a look.

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