Educational alternatives for the masses

Yesterday morning I decided to see if the rainforest shop have any books on how to land non-executive roles. My search came back with: 1. The NED Directors Handbook: How to become effective, get noticed and exercise proper due diligence I’ll ignore the fact they said...

Abolishing the Office of National Statistics

You can add huge value to a company’s Board if you’re an alternative thinker and have an interest in common sense (the irony of which is that it’s not that common). Consider the story of John James Cowperthwaite, the financial secretary of Hong Kong in the 1960s. When...

What a nanny can teach you

I’ve heard stories of au pairs/nannies earning a small fortune for looking after people’s kids - complete with free skiing holidays and use of the family Range Rover. But now I know someone who has landed one of these gigs. She’s a friend of my wife’s, in her early...

Could David Brent land Non-Exec gigs?

“You just have to accept that some days you are the pigeon and some days you are the statue.” David Brent Substitute for Michael Scott if you prefer the US Office. I was wondering the other day whether David Brent would have had a chance of landing NED gigs after...

The importance of planning Guerrillareenos

I have a one-year, five-year, ten-year, and kicking the kids out of the house at eighteen-years-old plan. The one-year plan is progressing pretty well, and I check it at least once a week to see if I’m on track. That plan links into the five-year, which leads into the...

The type of non-smarties you find on LinkedIn

Ironically, as I was putting the finishing touches to my NED Gigging booklet I received a strange message from a recent connection on LinkedIn that went along the following lines: Other person: I’m looking to land a Non-Exec role within the next six months, I was...

Can’t forget about the bonuses

Even though I blatantly did that yesterday – oops! As this week sees the launch of my NED Gigging booklet it would be a bit rude not to offer some tasty bonuses for those fence sitters out there. So here’s what you’ll get if this here product is of interest. 1. The...

NED Gigging across the universe

I’m sure I heard that Spitting Image is returning (coincidence timing wise?), which always make me think of the Star Trekkin’ song from 1987 for sort of obvious reasons. Not that this had anything to do with the naming of my brand-new product teaching readers all...

The index botherer

He did it again didn’t he? That pesky US President has pushed for something, got it, and Paul Johnson’s 1999 classic starts playing in my head. Down, down down, d-down, d’down. All over the board – Dow, FTSE, Dax, Cac 40 (first time I’ve heard of that one), with our...

Building your castle

In this blogamatic mini-series we've looked at the threat and solutions to Clause 24, and why group think can be fatal. We've taken a brief tour of estate planning and inheritance tax (IHT) and agreed that estate planning is good. And IHT is bad. Like, Vader bad....

Made in Chelsea

At the end of the last instalment we discussed how old money stop their wealth from being diluted. We answered the question but if you, like me, loved a field trip at school you can answer it thus: 1 - Stand anywhere in Mayfair. 2 - Throw a stone (underarm mind, you...

I’m your father Luke

There are certain things you just wish you'd been told in advance of the event, such as… Where the keys for the shed are. Where the home insurance policy is kept. Whether the scariest dude in the universe is your Dad or not. Luke Skywalker must have been pretty irate...

The madness of crowds

Group think is a shocker. As a kid you knew it as peer pressure. It made you do the strangest of things. You bought bad clothes and drunk bad cider but sooner or later it passed, as most phases do. You grew up and started to know your own mind. But is it that simple?...

Not all investments were created equal

Some were created with chunky fees for advisers, Some were created with close to zero fees. Some require a mahoosive investment pot, Some require very little to get started. Some are only open to certain investors, Some are open to more or less anyone. Some require a...

Unregulated investments kick regulated ones’ butts

In my humble opinion of course. I don’t invest in shares, I don’t invest in funds. I don’t invest in government bonds, I don’t invest in gilts. And any other regulated products you can think of. I just think the returns are terrible, and there are plenty of other...

What Christian Bale can teach you about investing

The Big Short is an ace film, almost as good as the book. In it Christian Bale plays an investor who decides to look at what everyone else is doing (plus the facts staring everyone right in the face should they choose to look at them), and does the opposite. It leads...

The reasons why most people fail

Is because of a lack of patience, discipline, and use of feedback loops. Bill Gates was fortunate to live near to a school which allowed him to use the computers in their off-peak hours – he used discipline to create Microsoft. Pixar were a struggling company before...

I’ve developed the cure for your double-digititis

And it comes in the form of a forty-page booklet. Double-digititis is the clinical term for people who think that any sort of investment return over 9.99% must be so high risk that they should vaccinate themselves against it. They forget that around a decade ago you...