Personal Investment: financial planning in an uncertain world

by Mariana Mazzucato, Jonquil Lowe, Alan Shipman and Andrew Trigg


George Callaghan is Senior Lecturer in Economics at The Open University. He is co-editor of Personal Finance (Wiley, 2007) and author of Flexibility, Mobility and the Labour Market (Ashgate, 1997). His most recent research concerns the economic impact on local economies of communities that have bought their own land.

Jonquil Lowe is a Lecturer in Personal Finance at The Open University and a personal finance practitioner, specialising in consumer research and financial capability resources. Her recent book publications include The Pension Handbook(Which?, 2006), Save and Invest (Which?, 2008), The Personal Finance Handbook(Child Poverty Action Group, 2009) and, with Sara Williams, The Financial Times Guide to Personal Tax (Pearson Education, 2009).

Mariana Mazzucato is Professor of Economics of Innovation at The Open University. She is the coordinator of a European Commission collaborative project on Finance, Innovation and Growth, and Director of The Open University’s research centre on Innovation, Knowledge and Development. Her work on the relationship between technological innovation and stock price volatility has been published in various journals. She is the author of Firm Size, Innovation and Market Structure: The Evolution of Market Concentration and Instability (Edward Elgar, 2000) and co-editor of Knowledge Accumulation and Industry Evolution: Pharma-Biotech(Cambridge University Press, 2006).

Janette Rutterford is Professor of Financial Management at The Open University Business School. She is the author of Introduction to Stock Exchange Investment, in its third edition (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and editor (with Anne Laurence and Josephine Maltby) of Women and their Money 1700 to 1950 (Routledge, 2009). She is currently researching the identity of small investors in the USA and the UK in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Alan Shipman is a Lecturer in Economics at The Open University. A former emerging-markets analyst and consultant, his publications include The Market Revolution (Routledge, 1999), The Globalization Myth (Icon, 2002) and Knowledge Monopolies (Imprint Academic, 2006).

Andrew Trigg is Senior Lecturer in Economics at The Open University. He is co-editor of Economics and Changing Economies (Thomson, 1996) and Microeconomics: Neoclassical and Institutionalist Perspectives on Economic Behaviour (Thomson, 2001); and author of Marxian Reproduction Schema: Money and Aggregate Demand in a Capitalist Economy (Routledge, 2006).