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Investment | Financial Education

This will get a few of you up in arms. But if you want to hear a bunch of comforting lies then you've subscribed to the wrong blog

By: Sam Instone
March 28th, 2019

This morning, a ‘precious metals' conference was promoted on the radio.

Lots of ‘experts’ making wild predictions.

I’m tired of the media portraying gold as a good investment.

The evidence clearly proves otherwise.

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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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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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Investment | Financial Planning | Financial Education

Is the nightmare over? Can investors finally breathe a sigh of relief with the latest crackdown on hidden costs?

By: Sam Instone
February 20th, 2019

Hidden costs are toxic.

And while many countries are taking steps to reduce them…

Investors are not completely out of the woods.

Here’s why.

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Investment | Financial Education

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: the dark side of compounding that your adviser's most likely not telling you about

By: Stuart Ritchie
February 14th, 2019

It’s all too easy to ignore the small print.

To gloss over the detail and hear the things you want.

Time to stop and think.

Are well concealed charges eating away at your returns like termites?

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Investment | Financial Education

Right, listen up, it’s time to address the ‘big, bad’ volatility issue in the room

By: Sam Instone
February 6th, 2019

As a campaigner for positive change in global investing…

I make it my mission to follow those advocating for the same.

Robin Powell is a financial journalist whose sentiments so often reflect my own.

His recent piece on market volatility (and why it shouldn’t affect focus) is particularly share-worthy.

Here’s what he had to say.

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Investment | Financial Planning | Financial Education

What does Apple's first slogan have in common with our MOST successful clients?

By: Stuart Ritchie
February 5th, 2019

“Think different.” 

One of Apple’s most memorable advertising slogans

Also applies to the way we observe self-made millionaires and how billionaires handle their money.

Here’s how.

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