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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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Financial Planning | Financial Education

Am I going to be okay?

By: Sam Instone
July 4th, 2019

I recently overhead a client ask:

“Am I going to be okay?”

Like many of our clients, he was a ‘HENRY.’

High Earning Not Yet ‘Rich’.

OR at least not rich enough to have no money cares in the world.

He worries about having enough to see him through retirement and set his children up for their futures.

I wasn’t surprised to hear this…

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Investment | Financial Education

Why are you so convinced that picking stocks doesn't work?

By: Stuart Ritchie
June 30th, 2019

Outguessing market prices.

Picking the next winner.

Finding a truly undervalued investment.

All proponents of the traditional approach to investing…

Yet all, according to evidence, impossible.

Here’s why.

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Investment | Financial Planning | Financial Education

Is hiring an adviser worth it? (Part 2)

By: Sam Instone
June 27th, 2019

In case you missed it.

This week I mentioned 4 key factors that either make an adviser ‘worth it’ or not.

Here’s the next set.

And surprisingly, they are all about YOU.

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Investment | Financial Planning | Financial Education

Is hiring an adviser worth it?

By: Sam Instone
June 25th, 2019

Another great question from a reader.

Let’s be honest, it’s what we’re all thinking.

It’s one of THE most important questions when it comes to financial advice.

So is hiring an adviser worth it?

My answer might surprise you.

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Investment | Financial Planning | Financial Education

Is renting throwing my money away?

By: Stuart Ritchie
June 16th, 2019

Many of us own property back home.

Some of us have mortgages on our expat homes too.

While most expats rent...

Emotionally, it often feels we should be buying.

Which one leaves us financially better off? 

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Investment | Financial Education

If 92% of active funds don’t beat the market, why are people still investing this way?

By: Stuart Ritchie
June 13th, 2019

It’s mind boggling active investing still survives.

Despite all the studies proving its underperformance.

Yet many investors choose to miss out on new opportunities.

Adamant that a tech-driven, science-based, systematic approach to making more money is not for them.

Why?

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