The dream with poison at its center….

Tuesday 17th January 2017

In this issue of Money Truths….

  • Election-winning ideas….
  • A money tree for everybody….
  • The EU throws its weight into the job….
  • Numbers – all the bigger to scare you with….
  • This dream has poison at its center….

Election-winning ideas….

Any politician who wants to build a ground-swell of support should consider advocating a 4-day working week for all.

I call it the ‘long-weekend’ manifesto. It’s a real vote-winner of a policy.

Any politician who stands on that platform will win huge support from the man-on-the-street.

More time away from work and more time to themselves is something most people want. And they’d vote for any politician promising it.

I’m not sure how a 4-day working week would work in practice – economically or logistically. Or even if it could. But the idea has popular appeal….

A flat and fair rate of income tax – say 15% – would be another big vote winner.

Every individual and business would pay that simple non-negotiable rate on every single pound earned from whatever source and not a penny more – no deductions, no concessions, no accounting gymnastics and no elaborate tax-avoiding wheezes allowed….

The man-on-the-street would respond to that policy.… Click here to read more

Plant the seeds of wealth in 2017….

Tuesday 10th January 2017

In this issue of Money Truths….

  • The seeds of wealth….
  • We are working with stony ground….
  • …. And tough growing conditions….
  • Plant what you can anyway….
  • Maximize the harvest – put £1200 aside….

The seeds of wealth….

Building wealth isn’t easy but the basic principles are straightforward.

First, spend less than you earn. And save the surplus.

Then invest. The key is to identify safe and sure investments you understand.

Diversify too. Don’t carry all your eggs in one basket. When something goes wrong – and it will – you don’t want to lose everything….

Then it’s all about time. Two, three or four decades-worth of it. As much as you can manage. But the longer you take to get started, the slower the going.

The best time to get started was 25-years-ago or any time since. The next best time is today. Starting late is better than never starting at all.

You may already be engaged with this process. You may be thinking about getting started. Wherever you are, it is never easy. Right now, we are working with particularly stony ground….

We are working with stony ground….

Far from spending less than they earn, many people live beyond their means.… Click here to read more

Why it might be better to be overweight than tall in 2017….

Tuesday 3rd January 2017

In this issue of Money Truths….

  • Bill Gates – champion party pooper….
  • You are too drunk, too fat & too lazy….
  • What your waistline might say about your financial profile….
  • If you’re not in the market, you can’t get whacked….
  • Put your hands on £1200 you didn’t know you had….

Bill Gates – champion party pooper….

It was a strange Christmas….

For the first time in many-a-long-year there was no scaremongering to be found in the newspapers about some global pandemic coming to wipe us all out….

No big scare stories about swine flu to keep us on our toes….

No deathly warnings about avian flu to whet the appetite for the Christmas bird….

No weeping and a-wailing about the latest indestructible strain of giraffe flu heading this way from some dark corner of the globe….

And I don’t think I was alone in missing what has become a much-loved form of festive entertainment….

In the absence of suitably terrifying headlines about impending death in the Daily Mail, Bill Gates – founder of Microsoft – stepped up to the plate to comfort the masses with his own seasonal message of hope and positivity….

‘I rate the chance of a widespread epidemic, far worse than Ebola, in my lifetime, at well over 50%.’

59-year-old Gates, who might yet live another 40 years or more, went on to reckon that the next Spanish flu-like epidemic might kill as many as 33 million humans in just 250 days.… Click here to read more