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Ad Feature Coronavirus: it’s time to think positive

Friday, April 3, 2020

One of the world’s largest hospitals – built in just a fortnight – is one reason to be optimistic, says financial expert Peter Sharkey.

The Week In Numbers with Peter Sharkey

No-one has any idea how long the nation will be in semi- or even permanent lockdown, so eliminating unnecessary outgoings will provide a welcome boost, says financial expert Peter Sharkey.

The Week In Numbers with Peter Sharkey

Investors chasing high yields should proceed with caution, says Peter Sharkey.

The Week In Numbers with Peter Sharkey

Ad Feature ‘Buy during a panic, don’t sell’

Monday, March 16, 2020

Financial expert Peter Sharkey on why you should think carefully before pressing the ‘sell’ button...

The Week In Numbers with Peter Sharkey

As somebody with a so-called “underlying health condition”, I’m used to seeing the facts get twisted.

Ad Feature What could coronavirus mean for the economy?

Friday, March 6, 2020

Financial expert Peter Sharkey asks if coronavirus is a genuine threat or an example of mass panic?

The Week In Numbers with Peter Sharkey

Ad Feature Your ISA allowance: use it or lose it

Friday, February 28, 2020

The new, multi-tasking Chancellor has to work out what to do with the current ISA allowance, says financial columnist Peter Sharkey.

The Week In Numbers with Peter Sharkey

As is the case with flooding, action needs to be taken on pensions to avoid a national catastrophe, says finance expert Peter Sharkey.

The Week In Numbers with Peter Sharkey

The demise of another department store is sad, says Rachel Moore, but then aren’t we all to blame for not using them and shopping online instead?

The ‘Railway Mania’ of the 1840s is a timely reminder of a period when share prices rose too fast before collapsing, says financial expert Peter Sharkey

The Week In Numbers with Peter Sharkey

Ad Feature Start saving now to enjoy a longer life

Friday, February 7, 2020

In less than 40 years, average life expectancy will be 100. How do we – and our pensions – handle that? asks Peter Sharkey.

The Week In Numbers with Peter Sharkey

Been on a health kick? Peter Sharkey says if January is the time for your body, February is all about your cash...

The Week In Numbers with Peter Sharkey

I’d like to start by saying I completely agree with Steve Downes’ view on the NHS email story. There is a need to be open and honest when negative stories come along and organisations should listen and learn when they make mistakes.

‘Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet,’ said Jean Jacques Rousseau – a quote worth remembering, says financial expert Peter Sharkey

The Week In Numbers with Peter Sharkey

Becoming an expat could help you to boost your savings, says financial expert Peter Sharkey.

The Week In Numbers with Peter Sharkey

An open letter to BBC director-general Tony Hall... with a rail ticket from Liverpool Street tucked in the envelope

Last year, consumers spent an extra £14 million a month buying Greggs’ products, says Peter Sharkey, suggesting that owning a slice of the bakery brand could become a sound investment.

The Week In Numbers with Peter Sharkey

Saving upwards of £700 is actually quite easy, says financial columnist Peter Sharkey.

The Week In Numbers with Peter Sharkey

Equity release makes combining holidays with an enhanced pension possible, says financial expert Peter Sharkey.

The Week In Numbers with Peter Sharkey

I read with great disappointment of the knee-jerk reaction to call to ban dogs from the beach at Horsey and Winterton because of the death of three seal pups.

Ad Feature Why ethical investment is here to stay

Friday, December 20, 2019

The festuve season is one for reflection, says financial expert Peter Sharkey.

The Week In Numbers with Peter Sharkey

People prepared to risk some, not all, of their money could enjoy significantly better returns, says financial expert Peter Sharkey.

The Week In Numbers with Peter Sharkey

Ad Feature Do you remember when football was like this?

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Financial columnist Peter Sharkey takes a trip down memory lane and discovers how things have changed – both at the banks and on the football pitch.

The Week In Numbers with Peter Sharkey

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