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Is it normal to fight with your spouse about money?

By: Sam Instone
May 16th, 2019

The second leading cause of divorce is…

MONEY!

Whether it’s asymmetric earnings or excessive spending habits…

Money problems are marriage killers.

What can be done to sort this out before it’s too late?

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Investment | Financial Planning | Financial Education

Can I trust my financial adviser? [video]

By: Sam Instone
May 14th, 2019

It’s no secret.

There is a huge trust deficit in my profession.

And with good reason.

Historically, ‘financial genocide’ against expatriates had been commonplace…

With poor performance, a lack of transparency, and sky-high concealed charges.

This baggage results in a question I hear time and time again.

“Can I trust my financial adviser”?

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Investment | Pensions | Financial Planning

I want to retire with £10 million. How much should I save?

By: Sam Instone
May 7th, 2019

£10 million is a lot of money.

For most, it seems impossible to accrue.

But it can be done…

With discipline and a plan of action.

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Investment | Financial Planning | Financial Education

Do you really need to meet your adviser in person?

By: Sam Instone
May 2nd, 2019

Many investors yearn for face-to-face advice.

Personalised service from someone they can ‘trust’.

Evolution makes us this way.

But it also makes us bad investors.

Here’s why face-to-face advice may be the most expensive mistake you ever make…

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Investment | Financial Education

Is the stock market about to crash?

By: Stuart Ritchie
April 25th, 2019

“Expect the best. Prepare for the worst.”

That’s the advice I give clients.

No one knows what the future holds

But there are ways to mitigate the impact of a downturn.

Here’s how.

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Investment | Financial Planning

Can I ever trust anyone who works in finance?

By: Sam Instone
April 22nd, 2019

My grandmother trusted a stockbroker in a pin-striped suit.

My parents, a ‘charismatic IFA’ who’d visit their house or meet my father at his office or golf club.

Neither of these methods worked.

Overseas; financial train wrecks, car crashes and minefields abound.

In the jungle of banks, brokerages, insurance companies and advisers – is there anyone out there you can trust to care about YOU?

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Investment | Financial Planning

“I currently have money invested through [XXXXXXX] but my portfolio isn’t performing well. Can you tell me why?”

By: Sam Instone
April 11th, 2019

One late spring afternoon, this question arrived by LinkedIn message.

It joined the deluge of others.

From expats with ambitious dreams for the future who were similarly frustrated.

If not, fed up.

The truth is, a little knowledge is power.

It’s not hard to get much better results if you know how.

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Investment | Financial Planning

Is investing a science or an art? It's both. If you disagree, read this. By the end, we will see eye to eye.

By: Sam Instone
April 9th, 2019

Most fields outside of academia are a balance of science and art.

Including investing.

It’s human and emotional.

Yet based on data, years of research and evidence.

Who disagrees?

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