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Financial Planning

The science of your increased success (from the laws of physics to the psychology of achievement)

By: Sam Instone
April 6th, 2018

According to scientific evidence, your increased success relies on just one thing…

Getting started.

So, why settle for average when you can be so much more?

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Financial Planning

Where are all the billionaires?

By: Sam Instone
April 4th, 2018

Considering how many millionaires there were in the world in the 1900s, there should be far more billionaires today.

That’s the theme of an absorbing TED talk by former fund manager Victor Haghani.

In the follow short interview, Haghani offers his fascinating insight into why so many millionaires underperformed…

…discover how you can achieve your full wealth potential…

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4 poker tactics that will boost your investment returns

By: Ian McGugan
March 28th, 2018

One of the most common reasons people give for refusing to invest in stocks and bonds is it reminds them too much of gambling.  

After all, both are uncertain, involve risk and may result in a loss.

But avoiding financial markets for that reason is a bit like refusing to eat because it could potentially cause heartburn.

Like it or not, we all have to take risks in life.

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Financial Planning

You today vs. you tomorrow (3 tips + 1 video)

By: Sam Instone
March 21st, 2018

A Harvard study looking at procrastination[i] provides the perfect introduction to the final video in our Value of Advice series.

Professors have discovered why we avoid doing the things we know we should.

It’s because we care more about our present selves than our future selves.

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Financial Planning

How to resist temptation, stick to investment goals (and grow wealthier...)

By: Sam Instone
March 15th, 2018

Learning to say “no” is one of the most useful skills you can develop to enjoy a healthier and wealthier life.

  • Saying no to unnecessary commitments gives you more time;
  • Saying no to distractions helps you focus on what’s important; and
  • Saying no to temptations can improve wellbeing.

But, clamping down on emotions and getting past the pressures of everyday life is challenging. 

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Financial Planning

Cost is one of the most important factors for your investment success (3rd Value of Advice video)

By: Sam Instone
March 8th, 2018

You can't control the markets, but you can control how much you’re willing to pay to invest.

As an investor, every dollar you pay for management fees or trading commissions is a dollar less of potential return.

And costs for overseas and international investors like you are often many times higher than back home. 

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“It’s only money” … moving on after financial loss (4 invaluable tips for your wellbeing)

By: Ian McGugan
March 7th, 2018

If you’ve ever suffered a major financial loss, you know the last thing you want to hear is, “it’s only money.”

Because it’s not just money...  

The emotional and physical effects of a major financial loss are similar to the grief you feel over the loss of a loved one, according to Aaron Bruhn, a lecturer at Australian National University.

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Effective asset allocation - in a nutshell (2nd Value of Advice video)

By: Sam Instone
February 28th, 2018

Continuing your investment in knowledge, the second part of The Value of Advice video series explores how to invest to achieve your financial goals.

Part of the answer lies in choosing the right asset allocation. 

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