TalkingPoints is our new series of informative reports providing insight into a wide range of financial topics, alongside the investment research reports we produce.
The High Pay Centre think tank has dubbed today ‘Fat Cat Wednesday’, having calculated that by lunchtime leading executives will already have earned the average UK salary of £28,200.
With the crowning of the Strictly winner and passing of the shortest day, it often falls to a CIO to write a seasonal article or look at the year ahead.
Baillie Aaron, Founder & CEO, Spark Inside
It’s hard to think about Christmas Carols without being reminded of Charles Dickens’ iconic work of the same name. I’m sure you’ve read it – or at least seen the Disney version.
On a cold night in 1966, a BBC television play about homelessness created a sense of outrage that led to questions in Parliament and the foundation of the charity Crisis. What is the legacy of the programme that should have changed Britain?
What a year it has been for political surprises. It is now just over four months since the EU referendum result shook the country and financial markets alike.
Few would dispute that a grounding in economics is a vital weapon in any professional investor’s arsenal, but evidence increasingly suggests an understanding of psychology could be just as or even more important. Recent financial events reveal repeated patterns of irrationality, inconsistency and incompetence in human decision-making.
The deaths earlier this year of rock legends David Bowie, Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister and Glenn Frey sparked renewed interest in pop culture and its long-term investment attractions. Does the guitar market offer the ultimate and most enduring value for would-be buyers of music memorabilia?
With no apparent end to the tragedy in Syria, are there universal rules that can be applied to resolve any conflict? We consider the process of reconciliation and peace and ask whether there is always genuine hope or whether, as the Syrian situation threatens to prove, there may be some instances where the sword is simply mightier than the pen.