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What is your financial number?

What is your financial number?

In the financial world, when someone asks, “what’s your number?”, it’s likely they are not trying to fix a date with you. Rather, they want to know your financial independence number. A financial independence number tells you when you’re free from the need to work.  However, working out your personal financial independence number is more …

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Looking towards 2021 and the major forces at play

Looking towards 2021 and the major forces at play

Joe Biden is the US President-elect, Brexit is happening and a COVID vaccine is on the cards. The end of 2020 is looking very different to the first half of the year. In our latest client webinar, I spoke to Joe Palmer about his view on the big events of 2020 and how they may …

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What the US election could mean for investors

What the US election could mean for investors

With less than a month to go until the US elections, it’s impossible not to think about the potential impacts on markets and investors. Donald Trump and Joe Biden are entering their final weeks of campaigning, but what can we expect from either a Trump re-election or a victory for Biden? We sat in on …

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Tips for managing your money during uncertainty

Tips for managing your money during uncertainty

In turbulent times, it is perfectly understandable to feel anxious about things you can’t control. That extends to managing money, especially if you’ve found yourself without a job or a sudden drop in income. The good news, however, is that there are ways in which you can take back control and manage your money when …

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What a penalty shoot-out can teach us about investing

What a penalty shoot-out can teach us about investing

While stock markets may have recovered from much of the pandemic sell-off earlier this year, there are still concerns about a ‘second wave’ of the coronavirus sending business and consumer sentiment back into the gutter. We understand that the past six months have radically affected people’s day-to-day behaviour and emotions and, should the dreaded second …

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How to judge performance amongst market turbulance

How to judge performance amongst market turbulance

During our recent webinar, UAG Director David Cooper gave an overview of current market performance as we start to move past the peak of the pandemic, potential recoveries and how to manage your investments during uncertainty. Below are the key takeaways. Current equity market performance* All major equity markets have taken a significant hit due …

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5 things to consider before investing in luxury products

5 things to consider before investing in luxury products

Is buying, or investing in, luxury items always a wise decision? Investing in luxury goods has long been an attractive alternative to investing in the stock market. A major perk of art as an asset, for example, is that its value doesn’t rise or decline with the stock market and, when sold in the future, …

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Films you should watch about finance and investment

Films you should watch about finance and investment

Given that we are all spending more time at home and inevitably more time in front of the TV, we have updated our top finance and investment film recommendations. We’ve also included TV series in this updated edition and broadened the range a little. We hope you enjoy our top picks including the good, the …

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How cost averaging works in market peaks and troughs

How cost averaging works in market peaks and troughs

It’s not uncommon for people to think they should pull their investments when markets are falling amidst a crisis like a global health pandemic. When markets react, we react. The problem with that, however, is that you make the mistake of selling when prices are low and buying at higher prices when markets inevitably rebound. …

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Investment decisions in uncertain times

Investment decisions in uncertain times

It’s perfectly normal to feel twitchy during volatile times and uncertain about your investment decisions. We understand equity market volatility occurring as a result of events such as global pandemics is a concern for many, certainly as it relates to investments. Short-term volatility is a characteristic of investing. Share prices rise and fall but markets …

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