“JE NE REGRETTE RIEN.” So sang French chanteuse Edith Piaf in 1959. “I do not regret anything.” I wish I could say the same about my personal finance life. Looking back over some 30 years of saving and investing, insuring and borrowing, I have many regrets. Borrowing too much on credit cards in my early 30s when starting a family. Taking out an endowment mortgage that failed to perform according to what the salesman told me. Then, not overpaying on the mortgage when I could have done.
He had a good innings – 90 years and a bit on top – so I cannot complain, although his longevity does not quell the pain caused by loss. Especially for my mother who devoted her life to Stanley and her family. In the last three years of his life, she was a full-time carer, assisted on occasion by a wonderful GP and at the bitter end by the professionalism of all those who work on Ward 9 of the Richard Salt Unit at Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield.
Strangely, industry representatives queued up to wine and dine me. Good time Prestridge. My reputation for being a bon viveur triggered a phone call from the editor of Investment Adviser: "Would you like to write a regular fun column on your lunches with members of the financial services industry?" And lo, ‘Jeff’s Lunchbox’ was born. What fun. People confiding in me over bubbles (Maria Darby, ex-Lansons, telling me she was a Take That fanatic).
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".