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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

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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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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Investment | Financial Education

How being a patient investor equals success

By: Sam Instone
August 30th, 2019

I was watching Peaky Blinders the other night.

The latest episode takes place during the stock market crash of 1929.

The protagonist, Thomas Shelby, is upset about not withdrawing his money.

Worried he may lose out by staying invested.

Of course we know the opposite to be true…

(Don’t worry this blog doesn’t contain spoilers).

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Investment | Financial Education

7 finance books that will completely change your life

By: Sam Instone
August 8th, 2019

Go to bed smarter than when you woke up.

That’s the Buffett formula.

The world’s greatest investor once gave students the following advice:

“Read 500 pages a day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest.”

Nice thought, isn’t it?

Here’s my list of finance books to help put this into action.

Ready?

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Investment | Financial Education

10 investing truths to live by

By: Sam Instone
July 26th, 2019

The Internet has made all of our lives easier.

In some ways, it’s made it harder.

With the vast expanse of information readily available…

It can feel impossible to decipher what’s right and wrong.

But investing is simple.

You just need to know these unchanging truths.   

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Financial Education

Your life = 28,835 days

By: Sam Instone
July 9th, 2019

I watched a powerful video over the weekend.

Watched by almost 8 million others - it’s just 2.44 mins long…

It sums up how important your time is.

And how the decisions you make…

(big and small)

Have a huge impact.

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