Alan Easter

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One third of British families now feel financial squeeze

Around 1.5 million more families are feeling financially squeezed than a year ago despite signs of blossoming confidence in the economy, research has found.<p>Which? found that one-third of households (34%), equating to nine million families across the UK, are feeling under financial pressure, up from …

Fixed-rate bonds no longer a haven for savers

Savers relying on income from fixed-rate bonds face a shock when the deal comes to an end and they switch accounts, as rates have plummeted over the …

The Markets' Worst Kept Secret

Here’s what your stockbroker and the media aren’t telling you: the world is more indebted now than it was at the height of the financial bubble in 2007. That’s right. Despite the extraordinary government intervention of the past six years. Despite continuing optimism of a recovery. Despite the …

Why I Stopped Trading

It’s fun to trade stocks, and try to beat “the market,” whatever “the market” may be. (In most cases, U.S. investors mean the S&P 500, but that’s a pretty narrow and inaccurate definition.)<p>I played the game for years. I did videos and led seminars on using simple technicals to time the market, in …

The First Rule Of Investing Is Not What You'd Expect

As a seasoned investor (I'm talking decades) and student of investment research, I've learned it is a fact that long-term historical stock market returns average about 9% per year. That looks enticing given the anemic returns on cash today. Investing in equities has proven to be an excellent way to …

Disengaged Employees? Do Something About It

New data on employee engagement is in, and it’s downright discouraging. As this post by HBR’s Gretchen Gavett noted, Gallup’s research shows that engagement among US workers is holding steady at a scant 30%. This means seven out of ten people are either “checked out”, or actively hostile toward …