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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 Planning | Financial Education

Why do you keep recommending Dimensional Funds?

By: Stuart Ritchie
June 11th, 2019

A few days ago, a client emailed my colleague.

He assumed we’re incentivised to sell Dimensional Funds…

Acting as ‘estate agents’ earning fees from both landlords (fund companies) and tenants (investors).

Not surprising, given how ‘traditional’ financial services work…

But what’s so unique about DFA and our own approach is…

We simply believe in the evidence.

Here’s why.

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Financial Planning | Financial Education

Are robo-advisers taking over?

By: Stuart Ritchie
June 4th, 2019

With technology taking over most areas of our lives…

Are robo-advisers taking over financial services?

I doubt it.

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Investment | Financial Planning | Financial Education

What is value investing and is this strategy right for me?

By: Stuart Ritchie
June 2nd, 2019

Most people have heard of value investing.

Warren Buffett became a billionaire following this strategy.

But new research shows the names of many value funds are misleading.

And not all value strategies are created equal.

So before you decide this strategy is right for you…

Read on.

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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 | Pensions | Financial Planning

I want to retire with £10 million. How much should I save?

By: Sam Instone
May 7th, 2019

£10 million is a lot of money.

For most, it seems impossible to accrue.

But it can be done…

With discipline and a plan of action.

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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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