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Investment | Financial Education

This UAE-based lawyer lost 11% of his £600,000 investment to hidden commissions – here’s how

By: Stuart Ritchie
August 15th, 2019

Ever heard of an investing black hole?

Essentially, your money is sucked in…

And never seen again.

Don’t believe me?

Read this client’s story.

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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

3 easy ways you can harness the power of the stock market

By: Stuart Ritchie
July 31st, 2019

This morning I flicked through Sky News on my iPhone…

While waiting in line at Starbucks.

In 10 minutes, I interacted with 3 companies on the stock market.

There’ll be hundreds more throughout the day…

Why am I telling you this?

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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

What questions should I be asking my adviser?

By: Stuart Ritchie
July 18th, 2019

Money is a tabooQuestioning is critical.

The right ones can change your life.

And improve your odds of long-term investment success.

Here are just a few insider secrets. 

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Investment | Financial Education

30 years of investment excuses, that the market happily ignored [infographic]

By: Stuart Ritchie
July 15th, 2019

Every year, global events shape our countries…

Our economies.

But happily ignoring these events,

(in term of our investments, at least),

Is the best course of action.

After all, it’s what the market does…

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Financial Planning | Financial Education

This is how random global returns are

By: Stuart Ritchie
July 10th, 2019

"Market data doesn't lie. So we've made a crucial decision. We're not going to try and win a few hands - we're going to own the casino" - Matt Hall

I love this quote by Matt Hall in his book, Odds On.

He’s comparing ‘traditional’, speculative investing with a ‘systematic’ or evidence-based approach.

Like a roulette wheel, global equity returns are random.

Winning big may occasionally happen.

But this is down to dumb luck.

Here’s the proof.

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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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