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The cost of divorce

November 29th, 2017

When two parties separate there’s often a settlement involved. Normally this is an up-front payment and may include ongoing maintenance. The amount is subject to assets, dependents and time. A 50/50 split is often considered equitable. Breaking up isn’t just for the family courts it happens elsewhere too. Exit a contract early and pay the […]

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The wealth effect

June 6th, 2017

To be an equity investor (active or passive) you must be an optimist. You believe that the future will be better and with this income and growth will accrue.  The route may be bumpy but you know that if you are invested for two decades it’s almost impossible to lose money. This applies even before […]

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Negative rates

March 22nd, 2016

It takes a bit of thought. When you lend money you take a haircut. That’s what negative rates mean. It’s supposed to stop banks redepositing, lending money to the real economy instead. But it’s not well thought through. Sub-zero rates lead to unanticipated problems. It sends out a very confusing message. We want banks to […]

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