This is our blog page where we hope to pass on valuable information, which could help you be better prepared when dealing with your financial arrangements. Whether we explain basic principles, debunk financial myths, or provide general tips, this page is an opportunity for us to share our thoughts which can help you make better financial decisions.

But to be clear. We’re not providing personal advice here (you have to pay for that I’m afraid!) and any arrangements that you make having read these pages are entirely your own affair.

We don’t believe in forecasting the future, and in the event that we discuss specific products, funds or assets here, our opinion should be taken as that, our opinion and not a personal recommendation to buy or sell.

Love Island

I didn’t watch Love Island. And until recently I didn’t know much about the former presenter of the show, Caroline Flack. I knew she was a TV presenter. I’d seen her name and face online, but I’d never stopped to read more than the headline if anything at all. Even so, the ‘breaking news’ of … Continued

Is It Safe To Invest Right Now?

As we start the new decade, you may have taken some time to look back at the last ten years and consider how much has changed both personally and financially. You might even have thought about the next ten. And after what has been a stellar recent decade for the global stock market1 with a … Continued

News Update – Property Funds

Britain’s favourite topic. Property. But I’m not talking about the residential property that you and I live in, or the buy to let market. This update is about the current uncertainty in property investment funds, which pool investors’ money together so they can all invest in a portfolio of commercial property including industrial warehouses, office … Continued

Don’t Believe The Hype

A few words on the suspension of ‘star’ fund manager Neil Woodford’s UK Equity Income investment fund, which consumed my professional news feed yesterday and spilt into the broader headline news. And I honestly thought about stopping right there. But that would miss the opportunity to help remind investors of some valuable investment basics. Past Performance … Continued

Home Bias – A UK Perspective

In the first few weeks of 2019 the topic I’ve heard mentioned more than any other, and one that might be new to you, is the investment principle ‘home bias’. Home bias is well documented as the tendency for investors to over-allocate assets to their home market, ignoring to varying degrees, foreign investments. There are … Continued

Personal Finance Awards 2018/19

In company news, on the evening of November 22nd, I attended the ‘Personal Finance Awards’ with my wife Bonnie, held at the Intercontinental O2, where I was shortlisted as a finalist for the UK’s ‘Investment Planning Specialist’ of the year. The Personal Finance Society is the professional body for the financial planning community and part … Continued

The 7 Stages of Financial Enlightenment

We live in a world of instant gratification. Waiting more than 2 minutes for anything these days is an injustice. And here I am asking for five. Google, Amazon, YouTube and Netflix exemplify the demands of ‘I want it now’ consumerism. It permeates everything, including financial advisory goals. Swathes of savers and investors want immediate … Continued

Investing Isn’t Easy

When investment markets wobble, as they’re prone to do, it’s easy to be reeled in by the sense of panic that comes from the pantomime news. No one likes losses, however short-lived, but the inflammatory headlines tap in to most investors’ inner worrywart. Damage limitation decision making is nothing but a short-term approach to a … Continued

Want a Great Investment Outcome? Use a Ulysses Contract

In literary classic The Odyssey, Homer tells the epic story of Ulysses and his ten-year journey home at the end of the Trojan War. In one of many challenges faced, Ulysses encounters beautiful Sirens singing spellbinding sweet songs, which lure passing ships to their destruction on the island’s rocks. To ensure his own ship’s safe … Continued

Book Review – The Geometry of Wealth

Writing a book that is enjoyable for others is a tough task for anyone. Write a book focussed narrowly on personal finance and you have an even tougher task. For Dr Brian Portnoy to succeed in doing so with his most recent release ‘The Geometry of Wealth’ is a significant achievement indeed. Having read more … Continued

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