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Bill Jamieson: Whatever happened to the great populist insurrection?

Despite the turmoil, there appears to be a gulf between the daily political outcry and the stolidity of voters says Bill Jamieson.

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Don't pile your portfolio into the same 'favoured few companies', urges Bill Jamieson. Picture: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Bill Jamieson: Catch-22 situation for income investors

No matter what opinion polls may be telling us about likely election outcomes, investors have a keen sense of heightened risk.

Markets Economy
Channing Tatum in The Eagle Of The Ninth, about the search for Romes Ninth Legion

Bill Jamieson: Mystery of lost legion perplexes politicians

THE fate of the ‘economically inactive’ is a real enigma, as is the nation’s perceived shortage of skilled staff, writes Bill Jamieson

Opinion 6
Emigrants from the Hebrides boarding the 'Matagama' at Glasgow docks on their way to Canada in 1923. Picture: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Bill Jamieson: Are we a nation of quitters – or boiled frogs?

Polls saying Scots will leave in their droves if there is independence are exaggerated writes Bill Jamieson

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Bill Jamieson: Cruel awakening from indyref2 dream

Nicola Sturgeon’s Stanford promises sound fantastic but wait, haven’t we heard them all before asks Bill Jamieson.

Opinion 70
We are proudly Scottish but also global  so are we Somewheres or Anywheres and do we face an identity crisis?

Bill Jamieson: Which side of Great Divide are we on?

A foot in each of two warring camps, the Somewheres and the Anywheres, leaves Scotland with a post-Brexit identity crisis says Bill Jamieson

Opinion 3
Rising inflation can't be blamed solely on the Brexit-hit pound, writes Bill Jamieson. Picture: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Bill Jamieson: Can the BoE resist inflation trigger?

In hindsight accounts of stock market turning points, much weight is assigned to sudden, unexpected events – a big political upset, for example, or a sharp fall or rise in the currency.

Markets Economy
Nicola Sturgeon should be wary of mutiny in the ranks among those who backed independence first time around.

Bill Jamieson: Sturgeon setting sail without a rising tide

The SNP must pay heed to fears of small businesses before charting a new course towards indyref2, says Bill Jamieson

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US president Donald Trump meets German chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House. Picture: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Bill Jamieson: Look beyond politics to the markets

Of all the geographic areas in which to invest, few would have dared opt for Europe in a year of potential political mayhem with elections in the Netherlands, France, Germany and Italy.

Markets Economy
There could be storm clouds ahead as the Scottish Fiscal Commission tries to clarify what conditions are likely to follow. Picture: Donald MacLeod

Bill Jamieson: Fiscal forecasting in a Force 10 gale

New statutory body has its work cut out to present economic figures that are not damned as ‘Project Fear’ says Bill Jamieson

Opinion 1
The Scotsman conference will focus on investment opportunities in a post-Brexit world. Picture: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Bill Jamieson: Timely conference to steady investor nerves

In America, tumultuous times; in Europe, political volcanoes threatening to erupt; here at home investors battle with the imponderables of Brexit, rising inflation and the prospect of a consumer spending slowdown.

Markets Economy
Chancellor Philip Hammond prepares to present his budget to the Commons. Picture: PA

Bill Jamieson: ‘Spreadsheet Phil’ proceeds with caution

Chancellor offers little more than a holding statement ahead of the start of Brexit negotiations, writes Bill Jamieson.

Opinion 1
AAM boss Martin Gilbert would become co-chief executive of the combined group. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Bill Jamieson: Standard Life and AAM may not be Bon Accord

In proposing any £11 billion mega asset management merger between Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management (AAM), both sides believe they have an ideal solution for the challenges facing both companies.

Financial 2
Bill Jamieson ponders the likelihood of a sharp stock market correction. Picture: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Bill Jamieson: Fortunes won and lost in long-run game

Might we be approaching a tipping point – and potentially a Minsky Moment – with a sharp collapse in values in the US and UK stock markets?

Markets Economy
Many pensioners would like to downsize but are put off by the cost of moving and the scarcity of property. Picture: Getty Images

Bill Jamieson: Myth of the great pensioner splash-out

Grey wealth might well exist, but uncertainty means the stashed cash may not be spendable says Bill Jamieson

Opinion 12
SVM Asset Management's Colin McLean says shareholder revolts seem 'less likely to fizzle out this time'. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor

Bill Jamieson: Groundhog day with pay rebellions

For all the claims to flexibility, adaptability and quick response to changing times, it is remarkable how obtuse the corporate world can be.

Management
Support for yes isn a second independence referndum is at 50% according to new poll (Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Bill Jamieson: Holding indyref2 is a big risk for SNP

There comes a point when credibility is in question, and voters could react with contempt, says Bill Jamieson

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Investment Association (IA) figures last week showed the Brexit vote sparked a big sell-off in equity and property funds. Picture: Getty Images

Bill Jamieson: How panic saw funds lose a fortune

It’s Brexit Armageddon – run for the hills! Many investors did just that last year – and missed out on one of the best stock market rallies since the 2008-09 slump.

Opinion 1
Workers in Petrograd fighting during demonstrations in the Russian Revolution, 1917. Picture: Keystone/Getty Images

Bill Jamieson: Lessons of the Russian Revolution

There remain echoes of the tumultuous events of one hundred years ago in modern-day Russia writes Bill Jamieson

Opinion 2
Bill Jamieson asks whether fund managers should cling on in the hope of recovery, or cut their losses. Picture: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Bill Jamieson: Standing by convictions comes with risks

A key attraction of collective management groups for investors is diversification of risk.

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