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.

GameStop & Fear of Missing Out

On Wednesday, my son Guy came into my home office after a day of homeschooling. On my screen, I had a meme open about US retail company, GameStop, who’ve dominated the financial news and social media this week. It’s a fascinating story with multiple players, layers and a plot that will likely fill a soon … Continued

When a Balanced Risk Investment is not Balanced

The word ‘balance’ is defined by Oxford Languages as “an even distribution of weight, enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady”. In mathematics ‘balanced’ is defined as “when both sides have the same quantity or mass”. Of course, you already know this. But balanced is also a term encountered regularly in finance. It’s … Continued

Diversification – The Results

Most investors know they should ‘not put all of their eggs into one basket’. And anyone with a competent financial adviser will have been advised to manage their portfolio ups and downs by spreading investments globally, as well as allocating to different asset classes. The main assets being cash, stocks and bonds. With stock markets … 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

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

Investing and Speculating are not the same thing!

Earlier this week I met a potential new client who’d unexpectedly come into a large sum of money. But when it came to the matter of investing they could only be described as confused. Having spent some time explaining the basics of a good investment process and plan, we got to talking about the difference … Continued

Preparing For The Next Stock Market Crash – 10 Tips

As we approach the end of another calendar year, the financial media will soon turn its attention towards forecasts for 2018. And with global stock markets currently reaching new all-time highs I’ve already begun to see some market commentaries forecasting a stock market crash during 2018. Although a crash, correction or downturn cannot be ruled … Continued

Shark Attacks, Plane Crashes and Investment Risk

by Alexandre Riley Headline news about a British woman involved in a Shark Attack on the BBC website this week got me thinking about investment risk. The media loves a good shark attack story because it feeds into everyone’s natural fears, even though the chances of it happening are virtually indistinguishable from zero, with the … Continued

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