Posted by Andrew_Smith on Friday 23rd of August 2019
Imagine that you’re living in a tent on an open plain.
One day you plant a tree. For the next 40 years, you water it. You protect it from harsh weather and animals. You never pick its fruit. You don’t climb it for fun. You don’t take a break and rest in its shade. You don’t even cut down some branches to build a house. You never go anywhere or do anything else because you’re focused solely on growing that tree bigger and bigger.
Finally, one day, just after your 65th birthday, the tree stops growing.
You look up at its enormous trunk a...
Posted by Andrew_Smith on Thursday 20th of June 2019
As part of our Life-Centred Planning process, we’ve talked about how market volatility is a normal part of investing. We’ve also discussed how we’ve structured your investments to “weather the storm” and maintain a comfortable level of income for you and your family during turbulent times.
But we also understand that even when you are armed with this knowledge you can get nervous during a market dip. What’s important is that you know how to prevent that initial wave of negativity from leading you to rash decisions that could damage your nes...
Posted by Andrew_Smith on Thursday 30th of May 2019
The extra freedom granted by the pension changes introduced in April 2015 is good news for all pension savers. However, the increased options could lead to many people making the wrong decisions and paying unnecessary tax, making professional financial advice all the more important.
In the event of your death, the money and estate that is left behind for your loved ones may be subject to tax and the amount of tax they may have to pay can be quite complex to work out. The government have provided the table below to give a bit more of an unde...
Posted by Andrew_Smith on Wednesday 1st of May 2019
Many people have a complicated relationship with money. Hang-ups carried over from childhood experiences get mixed together with positive and negative experiences from adulthood. Few people ever take the time to reflect on what money really means to them and how they can “get right” with money to make smarter decisions.
Take time to answer these 5 questions and you’ll do a better job of living your best life possible with the money you have.
1. What’s your first money memory?
Your earliest experiences with money probably happened in your ...