The Garrulous Jay – It’s A Knockout

The Garrulous Jay – It’s A Knockout

Readers of a certain age will recall the bonkers TV game show It’s A Knockout. The programme aired on the BBC from 1966 to 1982. It involved teams from different towns competing to win a series of games that featured the likes of custard pies, greasy poles, inflatable...
The Garrulous Jay – Politics & Performance

The Garrulous Jay – Politics & Performance

The opening lyrics of The Smiths song, “What Difference Does It Make?” are as follows: All men have secrets and here is mine So let it be known For we have been through hell and high tide I think I can rely on you And yet you start to recoil Heavy words are so lightly...
The Garrulous Jay – Generation Games

The Garrulous Jay – Generation Games

Just when we thought the summer had nothing much to offer other than wet weather, sport and Glastonbury, Rishi Sunak delighted us all with a surprise General Election. We can now look forward to policy commitments, manifestos, debates and five weeks of 24/7 punditry...
The Garrulous Jay – Means-tested State Pension

The Garrulous Jay – Means-tested State Pension

This week’s back-and-forth in Prime Minister’s Questions made me think it’s time to consider giving up the universal State Pension for a means-tested replacement. The current system has the kind of unquestioned ‘sacred cow’ status which makes most politicians put it...
The Garrulous Jay – All Time High

The Garrulous Jay – All Time High

Yesterday the FTSE 100 index of the UK’s largest stocks closed at an all-time high of 8,078.86. This continues a remarkable four year run since the Covid trough of the 23rd March 2020, which has seen the index gain 87.31% (source: FE Analytics). As the lyrics of “All...
The Garrulous Jay – Fink For A Minute

The Garrulous Jay – Fink For A Minute

When Larry Fink, Chairman of the world’s largest asset manager, BlackRock, leads his annual letter to shareholders with the heading “Time to rethink retirement”, it’s probably worth reading… Given the millions of investors BlackRock boasts outside the US,...