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Is investing just a posh word for gambling?

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Coming into this part of the industry recently I decided to study the concept of financial planning and it quickly dawned on me it was a little more complex than being ‘sold’ a product! I was asked the other day whether my job was essentially to be a paid gambler of another person’s money! It’s […]

Half Yearly Review

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Defensive Cautious Risk 4 Cautious Risk 5 Balanced Mod Adventurous Adventurous Ethical Actual Performance 4.20% 5.23% 6.36% 9.70% 10.97% 11.90% 8.64% Benchmark 2.58% 2.66% 3.15% 3.86% 4.38% 4.92% 5.33% Outperformance 63% 97% 102% 150% 150% 142% 62% Our aim of each risk weighted portfolio, is to achieve consistently better results than the portfolio’s own specific […]

Cash

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Holding cash for short term goals is important; people need cash for daily living, but over the long-term consideration should be given as to whether it is the right asset class There is something comforting about cash; we know if we have £100 in the bank and we don’t spend it, we will still have […]

Hung Parliament

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looking at marginal seats the Conservatives were just 400 votes short of a majority, and Labour 103,550 Despite what some might want to tell us, it is fair to say in this election there were no winners. The two biggest parties saw their share of votes increase significantly; the last time we saw this level […]

Time in the market

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If I am investing for 20 years and I don’t need the money, then it doesn’t matter what the markets do today or tomorrow because I can’t control that, or second guess what might happen. When markets are rising, there is a danger that we think (or secretly hope) that they will keep going up. […]

Buy-to-let – some thoughts

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Going in today is not for the faint hearted. You have higher up-front costs, a squeeze on margins, no idea of future legislation and potentially falling house prices and rental income. There is no doubt that over the last 20 years, buy-to-let property has been a good investment. Landlords have not only benefited from an […]

Financial Shocks

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There are many risks in life; when we get into the car and drive this could be risky; when we own a house there are risks that things can go wrong Recently I have been writing about what is important to us, and how we can create achievable goals. There are many risks in life; […]

First Quarter 17 – Promises v Politics

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As we have previously written an awful lot happened in the second half of 16 and whilst it was shocking, many markets embraced the resultant potential for change by rising strongly; particularly in the US. Brexit, which becomes official any day now, has so far played out broadly as expected with the UK talking tough […]

Why plans are important?

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When I started working my godfather offered some advice; “save as much money as you can”. I took his advice and over a few years invested in several ten-year investment plans. As time moved on the amount of money I had grew, and it became central to everything I did. By the time the dot.com […]