Stock markets & Coronavirus

Stock markets across the world have fallen sharply because of fears over the economic impact of the coronavirus as the number of cases continues to rise. The situation is changing rapidly all the time but at the time of writing (29th Feb), the virus that started in China has spread to more than 50 countries,…

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A new £20 note for a cashless society?

A new polymer ‘‘Turner’’ £20 note entered circulation at the end of February which the Bank of England claims is its most secure banknote ever. The new note replaces the ‘’Adam Smith’’ £20 note that has been in circulation since 2007. Artist JMW Turner is the new face of the £20 note. He is considered…

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Uplift in the housing market

Good news for property owners looking to sell; The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has reported that sales expectations have ‘’risen sharply’’ according to a survey of property professionals. House sales rose in December for the first time in seven months, boosted mainly by higher activity in London and the South East of England.…

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The link between human behaviour and investing

Financial planning… Isn’t that based on cold, hard facts and scientific reasoning? Surely feelings and emotions don’t have much to do with investing? We think they do. And here’s why. A little thing called human behaviour gets involved, you see. Only it’s not so little. Human beings are highly complex systems, motivated by many different…

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Fake Bank Notes

Many of us still use ‘paper’ money, the good old ‘folding stuff’, to pay for goods and services and the assumption is that when we offer each bank note, it is the genuine article.  Recent changes from paper to polymer-based notes introduced more sophisticated security features that are even more of a deterrent to forgers,…

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