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Investment | Financial Education

Why investors need to feel happy doing nothing

By: Sam Instone
June 8th, 2018

It’s deeply ingrained in the human psyche that taking action is a positive thing.

And in many cases, it is.

But successful investing means doing exactly the opposite.

Even if that feels wrong.

And it will.

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Financial Education

How to get wealthy (over time)

By: Sam Instone
June 7th, 2018

I recently discovered Safal Niveshak.

Meaning ‘successful investor’ in Hindi, it’s a blog created by Vishal Khandelwal, aimed at helping investors become intelligent, independent and successful.

His ideas about wealth and investing are interesting.

And I want to share one with you.

One which I think about almost every day…

Life is simple.

Why do we make it so hard?

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Investment | Financial Education

Why evidence-based investing and academic evidence are the same thing

By: Sam Instone
May 28th, 2018

Some financial professionals are dismissive of academic research.

They argue that it’s too far removed from the realities of today’s financial markets.

True, academic models are, by their nature, theoretical.

But that doesn’t mean investors can’t learn practical lessons from them.

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Financial Education

How to get more from your mornings (I have about 5,775 left)

By: Sam Instone
May 23rd, 2018

[Estimated reading time: 4 minutes, 4 seconds - read while you plan your morning's to-do list]

Breaking our lives down into numbers can be scary.

We usually feel one of two things. 

Terror, followed by no action. 

Epiphany, followed by an intense desire to improve.

I read an article recently from one of my favourites, James Clear, which had the latter effect.

How does the thought of having only 25,000 mornings in your adult life make you feel?

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Financial Education

Why I’m learning about learning

By: Sam Instone
May 17th, 2018

I’m an avid reader.

It’s about personal development.

Which is why I am learning everything I can about learning.

My first stop on that journey is the book Make It Stick, by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger, III, and Mark A. McDaniel.

A novelist and two cognitive scientists.

My key takeaway?

Elaborate on what you learn to help make it stick.

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Financial Planning | Financial Education

How to bounce back after slipping up

By: Sam Instone
May 10th, 2018

I’m a huge fan of James Clear.

He’s an author focused on habits and decision making.

His ideas come from a wide range of disciplines, including biology, neuroscience, psychology, philosophy.

In other words, evidence.

Like us, he’s also mission-driven

At the core is a simple, but powerful question.

How can we live better?

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Investment | Financial Education

Are you guilty of irrational decision making?

By: Andrew Hallam
May 1st, 2018

Imagine this: You’ve just booked an airline ticket.

But then you see a cheaper flight online.

The second flight’s departure time is much more convenient – and you could change your ticket without paying an extra fee.

It makes sense to switch flights.

But plenty of people, including Danny Kahneman, might be too afraid to do it.

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Financial Planning | Financial Education

How to control your financial destiny (and boost your sex appeal)

By: Ian McGugan
April 29th, 2018

When Ronald Read died at age 92 in 2014, his friends and family were surprised to discover he had been hiding a secret.

The retired janitor and gas station attendant, who lived in rural Vermont nearly all his life, had quietly accumulated a fortune of $8 million despite never earning more than a modest income.

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