In the autumn of 2013 I started running to get fit after a long summer of beer and BBQ. I didn’t know at the time but the decision to run a solitary mile on that sunny September morning would be the catalyst for my qualification as a ‘Chartered Financial Planner’. After a few idle years … Continued
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Now and again, a finance book comes along that I think is worth sharing with clients. Released this month ‘The Psychology of Money’ by Morgan Housel, is one of those books. I’ve read a lot of finance books. Many unfinished. Recommending very few because they’re often too niche, academic or dry. I’m happy to read … Continued
Recession. What next? Well, I was going to write something original, but I read a great piece by fellow financial planner and friend of mine Matt Aitchison at Clear Vision Financial Planning. His own note to clients touched on all the points I would likely make myself. So, I thought why reinvent the wheel? With … Continued
I’m currently reading “How Not to Be Wrong – The Hidden Maths of Everyday Life”, a book by Jordan Ellenberg. The premise of the book is to demonstrate how mathematical thinking can help us understand the everyday world in a deeper, sounder, and more meaningful way. In the very earliest pages, the author tells the … Continued
In a change to my regularly written missive, I bring to you a short video conversation I had with the author, academic and behavioural finance expert Brian Portnoy Ph.d CFA. Brian regularly speaks on and coaches financial wellness across the globe. In his two books, The Investor’s Paradox and The Geometry of Wealth, he tackles the challenges … Continued
Remember when oil prices went negative a few weeks ago? How is that even possible? I mean I get it now, but I couldn’t have comprehended it before the event. Below is a short extract from a story I read this week in Bloomberg News on how it played out for one person. It might … Continued
Only when something is taken away, do we truly realise its value. It’s been four weeks since the UK Government introduced the Covid-19 response, suspending our ability to move freely. The expectation is for another month in isolation, maybe more. It’s needed of course. There are many suffering from medical and financial hardship. But there … Continued
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
As you are no doubt aware, the Coronavirus is now a global pandemic. Consequently, the financial media are headlining the news of a decline in the global stock market. When stock markets turn volatile and confusing as they have done recently, even the most patient investors may come to question the wisdom of their investment … Continued
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
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