Finance 2010

Financial advice: Are you too rich?

December 17, 2010

Do you have too much, too little or just enough money?

Everyone fits into one of these categories - and may move between them. How do you know where you lie - and what are the problems of each category?

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Banking: Capital shows its appreciation

By Billie Josephs, December 17, 2010

Ten years of innovative, dedicated bridge-building in the financial jungle of the City of London are being celebrated by Israel Discount Bank (IDB), one of Israel's three most powerful commercial banking institutions, with assets in excess of $50 billion and with 260 offices around the world.

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Banking: Stars and bars

By Alex Brummer, December 13, 2010

Time was when the City of London divided into two separate breeds of banks.

There were the clearing banks founded by Protestant (in the case of Barclays, Quaker) families. And the merchant banks, many (but not all) with Jewish roots.

When Sir Victor Blank was appointed chairman of Lloyds TSB in 2006, before the disastrous merger with HBOS a year later, it was a case of two firsts. He was the first Jewish chairman of a clearing bank and among the first to travel from merchant banking - at Charterhouse (via GUS) - into the rarefied world of high-street banking.

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Investment: Talmudic banking

December 13, 2010

Savers would hope to receive the same principles of fairness enshrined in the Talmud from their high-street bank, but this is often wishful thinking.
As families continue to save, they face the challenge of where to put their cash, as many banks continue to offer low interest rates, hidden fees and traps to prevent savers from easily withdrawing their cash.

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Investment: A financial asset

December 13, 2010

Professional financial planning can help you realise your ambitions, whatever they may be. As professional financial advisers, we can help you make informed decisions about your financial future over the short, medium and long term.

The great joy of eventual financial freedom is having your heart and mind free from worry about life's uncertainties. Our aim is to pave the way for a more secure financial future for you, your family and for businesses of all sizes.

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Investment: Traders take care to toe the line

By Gavin Alexander, December 13, 2010

I am often asked what skills it takes to trade the stock market; indeed I have sat with my fair share of school leavers and young graduates, all looking to get an insight into the high-flying world of City trading. There are a number of important aspects to investment decisions: the risk, the reward, the thought process of the impending trade, research, but most importantly of all, discipline. Without discipline, you may as well throw your money down the drain.

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Young entrepreneurs: Teen players - Sam Stern

By Alex Kasriel, December 13, 2010

Yorkshire student and celebrity chef Sam Stern has made money by creating a brand out of himself. He wrote his first book, Get Cooking, an international best seller, at just 14 and so far the teenage chef estimates that with around 600,000 sold in 16 countries it has made him a profit of £30,000. His most recent, Sam Stern's Eat Vegetarian (which followed Cooking Up a Storm; Real Food, Real Fast and Sam Stern's Student Cookbook) was written when he was 19. The politics and sociology student at Edinburgh University is also a regular television guest and writes a monthly newspaper column.

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Young entrepreneurs: Teen players - Harry Ingram

By Alex Kasriel, December 13, 2010

Harry Ingram, 16, from Radlett, started selling stink bombs in the playground at Hertsmere Jewish Primary School, buying them for 50p and selling them for a pound. He also made a huge profit on sweets, buying them for 0.2p and selling them for 60p. He then set up two websites supplying practical joke items like fake parking tickets and whoopee cushions. And a website set up for his travel-themed barmitzvah, under the name of harryairways, proved an unexpected earner - he sold the domain name for £500 to another Harry who was actually setting up an airline.

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Young entrepreneurs: Teen players - Adam Eliaz

By Alex Kasriel, December 13, 2010

Edgware teen Adam Eliaz was a finalist in last year's Junior Apprentice. The 18-year-old started making money at 11, buying and selling sporting equipment on eBay. He left school – The London Academy in Edgware – at 16 and started his own official limited company last year. He reports good sales, making a turnover £6,000 to £13,000 per month. Says Adam:

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Money Talks: Gilts are complex but bear with me

By Simon Round, December 13, 2010

In these days of financial uncertainty, there has never been a better time to be well-informed about money.

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