The seduction of coffee

I love coffee as much as the next woman. I also enjoy coffee and shopping and regard the pairing as one of the finer things in life. However… That particular dopamine balloon has been punctured by some fascinating research out of the University of South Florida which has found that caffeine makes shoppers spend moreContinue reading “The seduction of coffee”

How to fight the lure of the sales

I’m all for discussing financial literacy online but sometimes those blanket exhortations to save 10% of our salaries or to keep six months’ expenses in cash grate on me a little because we all know that this would be a good idea but even for those who can potentially afford to do so very oftenContinue reading “How to fight the lure of the sales”

2022 financial detox: Money, mental health and the silent killer

In the past two posts I’ve looked at how we can detox our finances and also help our physical bodies in the process.  But now I want to look at debt and its impact on our mental health. To quote Dickens in David Copperfield: “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen and six, result happiness. AnnualContinue reading “2022 financial detox: Money, mental health and the silent killer”

2022 financial detox: Monetising dry January.

We’re all familiar with the mantra healthy body, healthy mind, but how about healthier body, healthier bank account? I try to recalibrate my relationship with alcohol most Januarys. I don’t eliminate it but I cut back. Whether you drink at home or go out, alcohol is expensive unless you go for the real gut rotContinue reading “2022 financial detox: Monetising dry January.”

What financial thriller writers can teach the lawmakers.

Time machines, asking your grandmother and insider trading. I’ve written in earlier posts about the gains you would make if you travelled back in time and asked your great great grandmother to invest for you in 1900. In the more recent era, you could ask your grandmother, your parents, or your younger self to investContinue reading “What financial thriller writers can teach the lawmakers.”

Why carpe diem beats carpe tomorrow

Time and money – when is the best time to invest in the stock market? All of my missions as set out in my book, 10 Things Everyone Needs to Know About Money, and elsewhere in blog posts, is to persuade people to put some of their savings into long-term stock market investments. Then peopleContinue reading “Why carpe diem beats carpe tomorrow”

Why it pays to invest in the stock market.

Get into your time machine, travel back and ask your great-great grandmother to invest for you. According to the Credit Suisse Global Investment Returns Yearbook, if your great-great-grandmother had invested one dollar in the US stock market in 1900, that would be worth just under $70,000 by the end of 2019, or $40,000 if youContinue reading “Why it pays to invest in the stock market.”

Time and money – the secrets of Robinson Crusoe investing

In earlier posts in my time and money series I talk about investing in the stock market for the long-term, ideally for over 10 years but certainly for over 5 years so that you can ride out gyrations in the markets and allow the magic of compounding to work. Stick your investment away, select automaticContinue reading “Time and money – the secrets of Robinson Crusoe investing”

Investing and survivor bias

Money, time, investing and survivor bias. What time travel could teach us. Imagine you’d bought Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Google in the early days and avoided all the duds that have failed… You might develop a distorted view of your own brilliance. You might have survivor bias. How to counteract survivor bias in investing. #10ThingsMoney

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