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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

Market Timing is a Mug’s Game (Part Eleventy)

Under normal circumstances, I don’t follow or comment on the daily ramblings of the stock market. But on Monday the UK’s stock market (FTSE 100) ended the day up by 5%, and the American market (still open as I write) reached an all-time high. I write to you today because there is a lesson to … Continued

The US Presidential Election

Today is the day of the US presidential election and this one feels particularly important, even though in reality they ALL should be. There are some monumental issues at stake and the outcome will likely set the tone not just for the next four years, but beyond. I’m no US political expert but I’m emotionally … Continued

Running to Chartered Financial Planner

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

The Psychology of Money

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

What Next?

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

What do World War II Planes & Investment Funds Have in Common?

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

A New Definition of Wealth

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

Stay in Your Lane

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

When Something Is Taken Away

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

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