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The Week In Numbers with Peter Sharkey

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Friday, October 12, 2018

In this week’s column, Peter Sharkey looks at what impact a rising life expectancy has on your savings.

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Financial columnist Peter Sharkey says a building disaster in Bulgaria and HS2 are good metaphors for avoiding bad financial plans

This week our financial columnist looks at how pensions fare across the globe – and which country is the wealthiest when it comes to their state pension

In this week’s column, financial expert Peter Sharkey discusses how investors might be able to retain more of what is theirs.

Following an extended summer break, Peter Sharkey returns with his popular personal finance column – and some good news for millennials.

What began as an understandable parental warning has developed into a unique online platform scheduled to launch next month. Thanks in part to the Eastern Daily Press.

I read recently that Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos plans to send tourists into space in one of his Blue Origin spaceships next year.

News that around one third of millennials could still be renting by the time they retire is likely to have triggered a wave of understandable despondency amongst 20 - and 30-somethings, the cohort for whom property ownership may, at the moment, appear a distant dream.

More than two decades have slipped by since my wife, daughter and I lived in the village of Woodcroft, a tiny settlement of houses and farmland a few miles north of Chepstow.

Here’s a GCSE-style question designed to exercise those suitably rested, post-Easter holiday brain cells.

Together with the arrival of small bunches of daffodils, early spring also yields a flurry of government spending reviews, growth forecasts and other estimates of future economic activity, many of which will be ‘amended’ (such a helpful euphemism) before the end of the year.

Were you to bundle them together in a single day’s publication, the week’s assorted headlines would supply you with a ready-made mixture of amusement, anger, happiness, frustration, laughter and a host of other reactions besides.

Apart from offering movie stars another opportunity to sashay along a heavily-guarded red carpet in borrowed frocks and display faux surprise when the winners are announced, Sunday’s Oscars will also provide some celebrities with a global platform for caustic political comment.

It’s not been a great week for social media. First came allegations that (Shock! Horror!) some ‘celebrities’ (telly cooks, catalogue models, daytime TV presenters etc) have been buying large numbers of (non-existent) ‘followers’ in an attempt to show just how popular they are on social media.

As with most houses, the kitchen is our home’s focal point, a warm, welcoming room dotted with essential paraphernalia: phone chargers, details of dental appointments and the like.

Hot on the heels of last week’s column on the need for millennials to start saving on a regular basis came news that the UK’s pension pot, currently worth around £25 billion, is projected to run dry by 2035.

Early morning locker room banter can be very funny – and a little too ripe to repeat here, though frankly, I look forward to the mix of “did you hear the one about the bloke who goes into a bar with his giraffe…”, or listening to the opinions on last night’s match, all rather more forthright than you ever hear on TV.

Following an uplifting visit to Port Sunlight village on the Wirral, you’re inclined to wonder why you hadn’t visited sooner.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

My wife and I enjoyed Sunday lunch with a couple we’ve known for years recently. They’re great fun. He runs a small building firm; she describes herself as a “home-keeper who specialises in spending the money my husband makes.”

London has always revelled in its reputation for being different, attracting praise and scorn in equal measure.

It’s disheartening to learn that the number of youngsters aged 16 and under who are working in a Saturday job has fallen by more than a fifth since 2012.

One of my nephews, a bright lad, recently graduated from a highly-rated red brick university with a first class degree and landed a job working at what he refers to as a ‘crowdfunded start-up’ in London.

Strictly and pizza: the perfect combination for investors?

Searching for some very specific financial information recently, I emailed a pal (an IFA of many years’ standing) and asked him if he knew anyone who could provide it. Within minutes, he pinged back the name of a firm and a link to their website.

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