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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

[TRUE STORY] This brave investor lost $39,000 and still managed to get back on his feet

By: Sam Instone
November 28th, 2019

Picture this...

You're enjoying some time outdoors and huge storm clouds start to appear, threatening to burst at any second.

Instinct would kick in, you'd pack up your things and run for shelter...

Right?

The thought of running into the storm wouldn't even cross your mind.

But what if I told you, it should?

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Investment | Pensions | Financial Planning

Retiring early in 1957 vs today

By: Sam Instone
November 20th, 2019

Piggy-backing off my previous early retirement blog

I’m taking a trip down memory lane to see what early retirement was like back in the day.

Want to see more?

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Investment | Financial Planning

The markets have returned 214% over 10 years. How has your portfolio performed?

By: Sam Instone
November 15th, 2019

One afternoon, I received a message from an investor on LinkedIn.

He was concerned that his portfolio wasn't performing.

He didn't understand why, considering his investments were "capital guaranteed" and "inflation beating".

Could he have been sold a typically risky investment?

One that you, as an expat investor, might have been sold too?

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Investment | Financial Planning | Financial Education

How the ground-breaking technology of Dimensional Funds is the future of investing

By: Sam Instone
November 6th, 2019

Science has changed every aspect of our lives...

Including how we communicate, travel, shop and even invest.

And the technology keeps improving.

In the financial world, those who don't keep up, often fall behind.

And sell their clients short.

Here's why.

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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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