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
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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
My sister and her husband need Financial Advice. Although we’ve discussed some broad themes and I’ve helped where I can, ultimately it was right for them to see an adviser at a different firm. You see my sister lives a couple of hundred miles away and it just isn’t possible for me to provide the … Continued
Photo Credit: @herbert_kapfinger Last weekend in Vienna, Eliud Kipchoge became the first person in history to run a marathon in under two hours with a phenomenal time of 1 hr 59 mins 40 secs. A jaw-dropping achievement with casual runners like me marvelling at the frankly ridiculous pace of 4 mins 34 secs per mile, … Continued
One of the benefits of using an advisor is the ability to get it right from day one. No need to correct costly mistakes later. What is difficult to appreciate about paying for advice is that you can’t put a figure on the value of avoiding mistakes if you don’t end up making them. It’s … Continued
Whilst out at dinner with my family recently to celebrate our daughter’s 9th birthday, I cracked a tooth on a Chinese spare rib. I knew it was bad straight away and a trip to the dentist the following week was inevitable. I am fortunate, however, because my wife Bonnie is a dental professional and although … Continued
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
That’s my parents on the cover picture. In a few days, my dad turns 96. Yep, you read that right. My dad will be 96. Not my grandfather, my dad. He’s in pretty good shape and continues to live an engaged, active and independent life. My mum, although younger, is still a good 84. When … Continued
Most tax allowances are provided on a ‘use it or lose it’ basis and annual tax planning is, therefore, a must. Often overlooked, the consistent and methodical use of available tax allowances can significantly enhance the after-tax position of an investor, in turn aiding the earlier accomplishment of financial planning goals. Until now, I’ve never … Continued
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
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