I have long had a guilty fascination with The Sunday Times’ Rich List. I remember its launch in the 1980s. It seemed a fanciful publication. As a teenager in a comp in the provinces, I saw TV skits about yuppies in London getting rich, but I doubt my family knew a higher-rate taxpayer. The Rich […]

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What caught my eye this week. For some people, news that the population time bomb may be spluttering gives hope we can halt – or even reverse – environmental calamity. For others, it’s the harbinger of a demographic shift that will hole portfolios below the line and lead to a great deflation. Given the huge numbers […]

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Some people are preparing for the end of days. A fall or retreat of civilisation, linked to peak oil or the collapse of the global financial system or environmental disaster. Or whatever. The solution is extreme diversification – up to and including living off-grid, or buying your own remote and defensible farmstead, complete with independent […]

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What caught my eye this week. How are you feeling? Pretty comfortable? Enjoying the stock market recovery? Ready for a relaxing weekend? Well I’m here like the Angel of Bad Breath to cause a stink with the following miserable graph, which comes courtesy of The Retirement Field Guide via Abnormal Returns: The graph shows how […]

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Immerse yourself in the Monevator archives (hey, it’s what Saturday nights were made for), and you’ll notice we talk a lot about investing in shares. Much less so about bonds. Bonds – aka fixed income – are the unglamorous siblings to equities1. Yet whilst shares hog the limelight like a first child, you’ll be hard-pressed […]

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