Thoughts On Timing The Markets

Can you time the markets? Some people think you can. And some people think you can’t. Critics of the market timing strategy claim that in trying to time the markets, then really, you are trying to predict the future. And if you can predict the future, you might as well predict the next lottery ticket numbers and stay clear of the markets, right? Those in support of market timing believe …

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How To Succeed In The Stock Market

How to succeed in the stock market

Saving your money in the bank is never going to make you rich. That’s because the purchasing power of your money is constantly being eroded by inflation. So, if you want to build your wealth, the solution is to put your money to work. And that means investing it in something that will provide you with at least enough return to out-pace inflation. Everyone has their own ideas about the …

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Expat Investing: 5 Ugly Truths Revealed

When you’re living and working abroad, wherever it is in the world, you are likely to be targeted at some point by an Independent Financial Adviser (IFA), who wants to help you make the extra income you are probably getting with your expat post “work harder” for you by recommending a suitable investment vehicle. For the most part, investing money for the future is a good thing and can be …

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7 Things To Do Before You Start Investing

Sometimes the easiest way to understand something is to look at a diagram or picture. In finance, we’re often presented with graphs and flow charts to illustrate concepts and outcomes and these visuals can often tell the story much quicker than a sea of text. In financial planning, there is a concept or approach known as the Financial Planning Pyramid, which is designed to help clients to visualise the financial …

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Seven Deadly Sins of Investing

The Seven Deadly Sins of Investing

I have seen a few financial articles over the last year or so entitled “The Seven Deadly Sins of Investing”. Some I thought were pretty good and others kind of just okay.  I’m certainly no expert on Dante and I have never read Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales”, but I did love the film “Seven”. I remember it was always written “Se7en” stylistically and after that, a few more of these kind …

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How To Survive A Stock Market Crash

How To Survive A Stock Market Crash

Or: How To Stay Focused On The Long-Term Plan. Last year saw all-time highs for many of the major stock indices: the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) rose 25%, the S&P 500 Index gained 19%, the NASDAQ grew 28% and the FTSE 100 added 21%. Everything’s been looking rosy – up until Friday. Then the Dow slips a couple of percent and the media are all over it in their …

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10 Easy Ways To Reduce Investment Risk

Investments always come with some risk, but there are certain things within your control that you can do to reduce your chances of walking into a disaster. In the offshore financial services industry, expatriates are often exposed to broad spectrum of potential pitfalls, ranging from well-intentioned-but-poor advice to blatant mis-selling to outright scams. Based on what I have experienced in the industry over the past decade, here are 10 things …

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