Archive | March, 2012

The near perfect asset

With a track record of consistent growth, forestry is a stable and attractive alternative for forward-thinking investors If you are one of the millions of people in the UK who are wondering what to do to rescue your pension, or are looking for a high-return investment for your savings plan or family trust, then you […]

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X marks the spot…

Can ancient maps really lead you to buried treasure? Invest wisely and they may well prove worth their weight in gold, reports Linda Whitney If you find returns on savings and investments leave you with nowhere to go, it could pay to look at a map. Investing in antique maps is becoming more popular as […]

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The generation game

Older and wiser – and taken for granted. I think that fairly sums up our generation. Taken for granted by everyone from our children upwards to the government and definitely including the financial services industry. Having had to pay mortgage interest of up to 15 per cent for our home loans back in the 1970s, […]

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Getting a real deal

‘‘Ninety per cent of all millionaires become so through owning real estate” – Andrew Carnegie, steel magnate and philanthropist and one of the richest men in history (1919). Coming from a man who made Croesus look cheap, these words suggest that an investment in commercial property should be a key part of any portfolio. But […]

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This life Cherie Lunghi

From football manager to high-class madam – Cherie Lunghi talks to Maureen Paton Cherie Lunghi has always been ahead of her time. In a prolific 46-year career, the actress who doesn’t “do sheepish” easily has patented the strong yet feminine type on screen, above all as the first female manager of a professional British football […]

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Get a taste of fine investment

Money doesn’t grow on trees – it grows on a vine. And with the value of fine wines maturing rapidly, now could be the perfect time to invest in a case of the good stuff You don’t have to be a wine buff to appreciate the value of investing in wine. Fine wine values have […]

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Safe as houses

Investing in London property is seen by many as a safe haven. And with prices set to rise by 22 per cent by 2016, one private bank wants to ensure your money is well placed Residential property has many characteristics that make it a strong asset class over and above more traditional asset classes. Real […]

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It pays to secure an exchange rate

Ever-changing foreign exchange rates are one thing we can’t predict. But setting a spot rate in advance can secure the transaction amount – whether it’s now or three years down the line As if there isn’t enough to worry about when you are moving abroad, buying an overseas property or making international money transfers, daily […]

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I couldn’t live without… a photo of my dad

Baroness Susan Greenfield, 61, is professor of pharmacology at Oxford University. A writer and broadcaster, she is appearing at the Bath Literary Festival on 6 March Who’s in the photo? The smaller man in the photo is my father, Reg Greenfield, who died last year, and the larger chap is Michael Black, the sculptor who […]

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Letter from the editor

Over-50s have more to worry about than pensions and wrinkles these days – lovers and lambadas are a high priority, too When the beautiful actress Cherie Lunghi appeared in Strictly Come Dancing in her mid-50s, she attracted attention as much for her age as for her ballroom prowess. Columnists marvelled at how she could “keep […]

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