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Investment | Financial Planning | Financial Education

Can I trust my financial adviser? [video]

By: Sam Instone
May 14th, 2019

It’s no secret.

There is a huge trust deficit in my profession.

And with good reason.

Historically, ‘financial genocide’ against expatriates had been commonplace…

With poor performance, a lack of transparency, and sky-high concealed charges.

This baggage results in a question I hear time and time again.

“Can I trust my financial adviser”?

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Investment | Financial Planning | Financial Education

Do you really need to meet your adviser in person?

By: Sam Instone
May 2nd, 2019

Many investors yearn for face-to-face advice.

Personalised service from someone they can ‘trust’.

Evolution makes us this way.

But it also makes us bad investors.

Here’s why face-to-face advice may be the most expensive mistake you ever make…

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Investment | Financial Education

Is the stock market about to crash?

By: Stuart Ritchie
April 25th, 2019

“Expect the best. Prepare for the worst.”

That’s the advice I give clients.

No one knows what the future holds

But there are ways to mitigate the impact of a downturn.

Here’s how.

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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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