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Jeff Bezos interview

Amazon was the first trillion dollar company in the world ever!  Not many people know who founded the company, or anything about the man behind Amazon, the company that influences the lives of so many of us. Here is one of my favourite interviews with Jeff Bezos, where he opens and speaks freely about so…

January 8, 2019 News
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

How likely is the world to witness the next financial crash in 2019/2020?

When we speak about the future direction of the stock market, we are always guessing, we really don’t know with any confidence or certainty what will happen to the markets in 2019/20, we may have a feeling, based on the news articles we read, but if we read a different set of articles we’d have a different outlook about the market direction.

December 19, 2018 Handy Guides, Market Commentary, News
 
 
 
 
 

Taking Stock: Brexit and the markets

There’s been a lot of economic modelling in the news lately as the Brexit debates roll on. Steering well clear of any politics, what’s the potential impact of next week’s vote in parliament on the markets and our investments? The possibilities outlined by Mark Carney were stark – but it’s important to remember he was talking about the worst-case scenario, the extreme that might occur according to his modelling.

December 4, 2018 Events, Investing & Pensions, News
 
 
 
 
 

Christmas markets aren’t the only ones to watch

If you started getting financially organised using my book this year, then you should have set yourself some outcomes in January. Those following the plan should have financial foundations in place, including a will, lasting power of attorney and an emergency reserve of cash. Some people will be in the phase of paying down their debt; others will be considering investments and saving for the future, which often means investing in the stock markets.

November 28, 2018 Market Commentary, News
 
 
 
 
 

The Path to Happiness

For many, we feel we need something to make us happy, a new job, a new relationship, more money.  The fact is, although we may like having these things, they won’t make us happy.  We can decide to be happy with them, or without them because our happiness will not come from the outside, our happiness will only come from within.

November 9, 2018 Handy Guides, Organisation
 
 
 

The Return of the Probate Fiasco

Cast your mind back to February 2016, when the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) published a consultation paper proposing a complete change to how probate fees will be charged. Now, a week after a Budget which made no mention of inheritance tax reform, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice has issued a written statement on increases to probate fees in England & Wales.

November 9, 2018 News
 
 
 

Financial Clarity

Getting financially organised is important, because clarity is power. When you know your numbers, your finances are not as complicated as you might think. Clarity gives you the enthusiasm to make better decisions and live the life you want to live.

November 7, 2018 Goals, Organisation
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pension freedom Q&A

Bank of Mum and Dad? Put Yourself First

Parents helping out their children (and grandchildren) financially is a tricky topic because it’s so caught up in emotion and love that it’s not always easy to make sensible decisions. I have two kids and I love them dearly – but there’s a reason it tells you on the airplane safety briefing to put your own mask on first before you help your children. In the same way, financial support for your family is a case of secure yourself first.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LISA house

Help ‘me’ to Buy my first home ISA!

According to a recent Government press release, more than 1.2 million people have opened a Help to Buy ISA account. The latest Government statistics show that: the average Help to Buy bonus claim has reached £800, a new record; and 146,753 property completions have been supported by the scheme, which has helped to finance properties worth £25.3 billion…

September 12, 2018 House Buying, News
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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