A selection of Marina's published articles

These articles have been published in the Economist, Standpoint Magazine, Financial Times, MoneyWeek, the Times Literary Supplement, New York Observer and more

Money Observer: How to close the gender pay gap in finance

Last week saw the deadline for companies with over 250 employees in the UK to report their gender pay gap. The figures revealed that HSBC has a gender pay gap … Continue reading

April 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Money Observer: Parliamentary committee calls for ‘default fund’ at retirement

A new report by the Work & Pensions Select Committee is proposing the creation of a ‘default decumulation pathway’; in other words a default investment fund for those who do … Continue reading

April 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Money Observer: Grandparents can claim pension boost for looking after grandchildren

A grandparent who looks after a grandchild, so that the child’s parent can go back to work, can boost the amount of state pension they receive. By applying for a … Continue reading

March 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Money Observer: Why women have less than half the pension of their male colleagues

The average amount in a woman’s workplace pension scheme is less than half that of their male colleagues (£53,000 compared to £120,000), according to a new report by Close Brothers … Continue reading

March 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Money Observer: Yet more unhelpful advice for millennials

Over the last two years a chorus of wealth experts have urged millennials to save money instead of eating out. But such advice doesn’t solve the systemic intergenerational inequality in … Continue reading

March 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Money Observer: Income funds that don’t trash the environment

Reader: ‘I am a smallish scale investor looking to maintain income in retirement, using easily understandable income funds and investment trusts, which I usually hold long-term. I also aim to … Continue reading

March 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Money Observer: Fertility and other surprising ways to spot a recession

Economists look to house prices, GDP and retail sales to predict the next recession. But a new study says we could look elsewhere to know when the next downturn is … Continue reading

February 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Money Observer: Three hot growth opportunities for sustainable investment

Some people avoid plastic bags, while others have stopped smoking. As awareness around environmental concerns is increasing, investors are considering more carefully how to put their money to work in … Continue reading

February 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Money Observer: Barclays’ impact fund is a first for a bank – but should it be investing in military aircraft?

In September, Barclays announced the launch of the Multi-Impact Growth Fund, the first impact fund to be launched by a major high-street bank. Impact investing aims to invest in companies … Continue reading

December 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Money Observer: Bitcoin’s rise causes gold demand to slump

Over the last 12 months, the number of first-time precious metal investors has fallen by 20 per cent, according to BullionVault, an online marketplace for metals. Meanwhile, the number of … Continue reading

December 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

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In a crowded London shop
An open book and empty cup 

On the marble table-top.
While on the shop and street I gazed

My body of a sudden blazed;
And twenty minutes more or less It seemed, so great my happiness,

That I was blessed and could bless.

- Yeats

Always to shine,
to shine everywhere,
to the very deeps of the last days,
to shine—
and to hell with everything else!
That is my motto—
and the sun’s!

- Mayakovsky

Can it pull extraordinary faces?
Is it usually sick on a swing?
Does it spend all its time at the races,
or fiddling with pieces of string?
Has it views of its own about money?
Does it think patriotism enough?
Are its stories vulgar but funny?
O tell me the truth about love.

- WH Auden