Blog Posts in 2014

Not if but when...?


Even as the banking system was approaching the rocks in 2007-8 there were very few of us in the banking and Building Society world that could have imagined that the Bank of England would bring down its Base Rate to a record low of 0.5% to support the economy. And even when it did you’d have got very long odds on that Base Rate being sustained for five years.  But here we are nearly six years o…

In Economy

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Promises, promises


What struck me about the Scottish Independence referendum was how widely views differed on the current reality of prospects for Scotland in the immediate future, but the glowing certainty of how good it was going to be; whether it be an Aye or a Noo, in the longer term.  This wasn’t of course a short term unpredictability problem but a perfect example of political spin, politicians need to win el…

In Current Affairs

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Toll Road: dangerous precedent or triumph of common sense?


Doesn’t it just inspire you when somebody takes some initiative? One of the latest people to inspire me is Mike Watts who has stepped in and taken the initiative to create a temporary toll road to solve the problem created by a landslip at Kelston .  This toll road enables motorists wanting to use the A431 to travel between Bristol and Bath to avoid a lengthy detour.  Anybody who has used the …

In Community

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'Landlord Heaven' a guest blog by Dick Jenkins on www.investmentsense.co.uk


http://www.investmentsense.co.uk/guest-blog-landlord-heaven/

In Current Affairs

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London Bubble, Toil and Trouble


After considering their options for a while, the Bank of England has proposed a measure to stop the housing market bubbling away. If it is indeed “bubbling”, of course. London is going through surge in house prices; by no means the first in its stop-start history, and doubtless this won’t be the last.  Prices have risen by18% or so in the last year, and for many potential buyers, even on go…

In Economy

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