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Sam Instone

Sam Instone, Director at AES International, is passionate about positive change and ensuring international investors get better results.

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Investment | Financial Planning | Financial Education

Is hiring an adviser worth it?

By: Sam Instone
June 25th, 2019

Another great question from a reader.

Let’s be honest, it’s what we’re all thinking.

It’s one of THE most important questions when it comes to financial advice.

So is hiring an adviser worth it?

My answer might surprise you.

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Investment

How checking performance daily will make you unhappy 50% of the time

By: Sam Instone
May 29th, 2019

Investors generally want two things from their adviser.

To maximise returns.

And achieve their life’s ambitions.

But most clients also want something else.

Something just as important.

And it directly impacts returns…

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Financial Education

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 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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