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Investment

The financial mistakes that ruined millions of futures

By: Sam Instone
October 9th, 2019

I read a psychology blog the other day describing three types of mistakes people make.

The first is when you purposely take on risk to achieve a specific goal.

The second is the result of weaknesses in our skill set, character or awareness.

And the third is revealed at significant moments when we revisit our priorities and perhaps realise we could have made better life choices...

These are often life-changing and help guide the decisions we make in the future.

Now let's look at how some of these mistakes happen with our finances...

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Investment | Financial Planning | Financial Education

This Harvard expert shares the secret to living richly (and it's the simplest thing you'll see today)

By: Sam Instone
October 3rd, 2019

A few years ago, a U.S. Admiral delivered one of the most inspiring speeches of the decade.

He shared the important lessons he learned in the navy and one which he believed is most important... 

Making your bed.

His message spread like wildfire and it's something that still resonates with me today...

Here's why.

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Pensions

Does the idea of an early retirement seem far-fetched to you? (3 reasons why it shouldn't)

By: Sam Instone
September 30th, 2019

I've had many opportunities to share my thoughts on the idea of retiring early.

Just these past few weeks, newspapers, a radio station and a news channel reached out for  a comment or two.

It seems to be a hot topic among expat investors.

Here's my take on the movement...

And how the principles can benefit anyone.

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Pensions

Should I transfer my UK pension to a QROPS or a SIPP?

By: Stuart Ritchie
September 26th, 2019

Over the years, many investors have reached out with concern...

Encouraged by certain financial firms or rogue 'advisers' to transfer their pensions.

Understandably, they've been confused and doubtful.

If you've been contacted or have any doubt about whether you should or shouldn't transfer...

I urge you to continue reading.

Understand the implications of transferring before you make any decision.

Remember, your life savings are at risk.

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Financial Education

The most powerful tool ever for your finances (and how you can use it today)

By: Sam Instone
September 24th, 2019

[Estimated time to read: 4 minutes]

Did you know...

If you fold a piece of paper 103 times it will be as thick as the entire universe?

Think about that for a second.

It's incomprehensible, isn't it?

Exponential growth is like a supernatural force.

And it can do more for your money than you'll ever be able to on your own...

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Financial Education

7 alarming things you must know before hiring a financial planner (#3 will blow your mind!)

By: Stuart Ritchie
September 19th, 2019

On a recent flight back to Dubai, I got talking to an oil and gas professional named Neil.

After discovering I was in financial services, he was all too eager to share his own experiences with his 'adviser'.

They often met up for a round of golf.

In fact, his 'adviser' became part of his close circle of friends.

During the conversation, I kept biting my tongue.

After years of hearing them...

I knew how stories like these inevitably ended.

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Pensions

How to avoid the silent pension killer [plus 2 other ways to ensure you don't outlive your money]

By: Stuart Ritchie
September 16th, 2019

If you're nearing retirement, you probably have a lot on your mind.

What will you do with all that spare time?

How many holidays can you afford?

Will your money last, even if you live longer than expected?

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Financial Education

Repatriating to the UK: Your instant guide (Part 2)

By: Rebecca Steele
September 11th, 2019

[Estimated time to read: 15 minutes] 

Last week a reader asked us about repatriating to the UK. 

He was overwhelmed by the many financial considerations...

And sought a checklist to ensure he didn't miss anything. 

Ensuring your finances are in order is one thing.

There are also many practical aspects of moving lock, stock and barrel back to Britain.

If you are in the same boat as our reader, this blog is for you. 

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