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Dopamine and finance #finance #rewards

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centres. So what does this have to do with finance? The fact that people crave pleasure and rewards has everything to do with finance. Take a look at the photos of those celebrities leaving Buckingham Palace right after being rewarded with a medal for services rendered. They are positively beaming. Rewards can come in many ways, a person simply being nice to you can zap those reward centres of your brain with dopamine. That can be the check out girl at Aldi (yes, they are trained to do it) or the assistant in Harrods who treats you like royalty. Besides buying products, you also get an experience.

The dopamine effect

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The big move to safety #investments

I’ve noticed a lot of movement this year from the FTSE 250 to the FTSE 100 where it appears to be safer. Yesterday there was a big move to safety as investors dumped mid-caps in favour of safer companies. Retailers, in particular, were hit as retail sales figures worried investors. The Bank of England MPC was split and doesn’t seem to know what it’s doing with interest rates. Obviously, mortgage rates need to go up to take the heat out of the housing market but short term borrowing probably keeps retail sales going. It seems likely the government will now abandon its austerity drive and try to stimulate the economy with infrastructure projects. I hope these new projects will be hospitals and road improvements and not vanity projects like HS2. The proposed Severn barrage project makes more sense than HS2.

move to safety

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Ending a year of volatility #investments

The stock market will close at lunchtime today and for small investors, it will be the ending of trading for 2016. Did we have a good year? I saw my portfolio take a huge dive following the Brexit vote but as the market recovered my returns recovered too. So I’ll be ending 2016 reasonably happy with my investments.

ending the year

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A thrifty March #thrifty

According to the marketing men it’s Mothering Sunday and you should all buy cards, flowers, chocolates and a weekend in Paris for mommy. If you don’t, you’re a mean hearted b******. You should also buy everyone a present at Christmas and on their birthdays. Don’t forget to buy Easter eggs this month either! (more…)


Surviving the market turmoil #investments

The all share index on the London stock market is down nearly 4% this week, which is a lot for small private investors. There are some bargains to be had but falling markets have had a devastating effect on the value of portfolios in recent months. We have to think long term and consider buying. (more…)


January on a budget #thrifty

You can buy things with money, but it also has other uses. Money to some people is power and to others it’s security. They feel secure in the knowledge that they can afford to  enjoy Christmas and still have some money in January. We all tend to feel a little more secure  with money in the bank. (more…)


Resolutions #life

Today’s picture is a little bit misty, so one of my resolutions for 2016 is to go back and take that picture again when the sun is shining. It’s a place where fishing is popular too, so I might get a few anglers in the photo. (more…)


Fun and finance #life

TIPTON CARNIVAL - fun and finance

Mike Maynard

I went to Tipton Carnival yesterday and took lots of photos, but others were there to have fun and enjoy themselves. Unfortunately, with all the temptation of a carnival to spend money,  fun and finance are inextricably linked.

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Money – what is it?

money

I went to the supermarket this week and bought my food and household products as usual. The cost often goes up. Is that the value of the goods going up or the value of my money going down? Value is usually determined by supply and demand. If there is a shortage of bread, the price goes up. (more…)


Winning the lottery

Wednesbury Pool

The UK lottery has a rollover jackpot of over 6 million pounds this evening. Should I buy a ticket? Would I be any happier with all that money? Would I enjoy a walk in the park more if I was a millionaire? Would I be healthier or live longer? (more…)


Summer time ends

River Tame Sandwell Valley

British summer time ends this weekend. We change the clocks one hour (back) and so the nights will be darker and the mornings will be lighter for a while at least. The colours of nature are changing and the trees and changing colour as the leaves begin to fall.

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Thrifty | After the budget

MONEY 007 (3)

Budget

We had the budget speech yesterday in the UK. There wasn’t much to get excited about; I was more interested in what he left out, than what he actually said. We still have to be thrifty and watch out for the bargains. I read that some people buy the essentials  like food and invest any money left over and some people invest their money and if there is any left over; buy food! That’s a bit extreme, but I am still watching out for more shares to buy. (more…)


Thrifty Thursday | Changing times

Aldi

 

Aldi

I went to Aldi again this week in search of  few bargains! They sell Bank’s beer in my local Aldi which is a popular beer around this neck of the woods. I see the guys buy a few bottles which is very different from years ago when they would go to the pub for a few pints. Pubs keep closing down or going up market and serving meals. Some are showing sport as people go to sporting events less and prefer to watch them on TV. Men certainly seem to spend more time at home rather than in the pub.

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