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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 Education

Are you more Patrick Swayze in Point Break or Christopher Columbus? (Because this says a lot about the type of investor you are).

By: Sam Instone
March 25th, 2019

I love an analogy.

Especially one which relates to finance.

I recently read a great one which explains volatility.

If that’s a part of investing you find discomforting…

Perhaps this will help.

(Hat tip to Ric Edelman, head of America’s largest independent investment adviser).

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Financial Education

Why I'm talking about the link between the military and investing - all over Facebook

By: Sam Instone
March 21st, 2019

I’m testing some Facebook ads right now.

The image shows me on a tank.

Someone commented,

"What does the military have to do with investing?".

Quite a lot, actually.

Here are 4 ways they're connected.

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Financial Planning

To own, rent or hail (think Uber). That is the question. Time to keep your investing head; it's just another paradigm shift.

By: Sam Instone
March 19th, 2019

As expats, we’re often torn between renting and owning.

Everything from cars to property.

I touched on the latter last week.

Today, let’s talk cars.

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Investment | Financial Planning

An eye-opening post on how evidence-based investing is giving investors (like you) the upper hand

By: Sam Instone
March 14th, 2019

This post may contradict most things you know about financial services.

But it’s an attempt to reveal the truth about a broken model.

Hopefully, it will help get you better results.

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Investment | Financial Planning

This 3-minute video explains why history rarely repeats itself in investing (although the media may pull the wool over your eyes)

By: Sam Instone
March 13th, 2019

In the markets, history rarely repeats itself.

Past performance is not a true indicator of future returns.

(Although the media and public may say otherwise).

This is the truth you need to hear.

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Investment | Financial Planning

How much of this blog have you heard before? If it's all news to you, you may not have an adviser but a product salesperson

By: Sam Instone
March 7th, 2019

Few people enter financial services with the express purpose of enriching people’s lives

Traditionally it attracts ‘mercenaries’ not ‘missionaries’.

But I believe vocational professions such as medicine, teaching, or government shouldn’t have a monopoly on education and service.

Millions of investors can benefit from advice that rewards those who use financial services as opposed to enriching those who sell them.

Here are 3 simple examples.

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Investment | Financial Planning

Got your eye on property? Stop and read this before you even think about signing on that dotted line

By: Sam Instone
March 5th, 2019

House prices are now falling.

Great news if you’re in the market for one.

And good news if you think people could do with being a little less property-obsessed.

Most investors still feel property is a better alternative to a pension.

The evidence shows otherwise.

Here’s why.

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Investment | Financial Planning | Financial Education

11 lessons you'll learn today from one of the greatest investors that ever lived

By: Sam Instone
February 26th, 2019

Last month, we lost Jack Bogle.

I can’t help but reminisce about the lessons I learned from him.

He’s had the biggest impact on investors around the globe.

Here are 11 reasons why.

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