The FTSE index I want to see….

Wednesday, 24th April 2019

The FTSE Index I want to see….

How is the UK economy doing right now?

It’s a good question….

And for most people I know, the two-second version of the answer lies in the performance of the stock market – with the emphasis on one specific index….

‘The FTSE 100 is up 11%+ since Christmas, Dave. If the UK were doing any better, I’d be sending out for champagne and cigars….’

  • So simple….

Perhaps it really is as simple as that….

Perhaps the closing figure of the FTSE 100 really does contain all the information we need to gauge the current health and outlook of the UK economy….

The headline writers would like you to think so….

The FTSE 100 is the UK media’s go-to Index – the barometer of choice….

Its movements are tracked and reported daily by most newspapers and mainstream news programmes on TV….

As a result of that rigid and unrelenting focus, the FTSE 100 is the market reference point most of us are familiar with….

For most people, I suspect the FTSE 100 is the stock market. The entire market….

For most people, when the FTSE 100 is up, the UK is going well….… Click here to read more

Smoke your way to better returns?

Tuesday, 9th April 2019

Smoke your way to better returns?

Do you want to make better and more effective financial decisions?

Do you want to make improved returns on your investment portfolio?

If so, you might want to consider making a left-field move….

  • Forget medical advice….

It’s a move you probably haven’t thought about in the context of your financial performance….

I know I hadn’t….

It’s a move any medical professional would urge you not to make….

But a bunch of German and Danish university researchers have produced a report that appears to suggest you might want to take up smoking….

And if you already do a pretty good impression of the Marlboro man, the research seems to suggest you should summarily dismiss any ideas you have about packing up….

Instead, in terms of the overall returns produced by your investment decisions, it might be better to light up a fresh stogie and stick with the habit….

Why? Because smokers make better and more successful investors than non-smokers….

That’s what the research suggests….

  • I know what you’re thinking….

Now, I know what you’re thinking….

You’re thinking these university folk live in a bubble and have way too much time on their hands to come up with this kind of crackpot nonsense….… Click here to read more