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7 Roles of a Financial Advisor

What is a Financial Advisor for? One view is that advisors have unique insights into market direction that give their clients an advantage. But of the many roles a professional advisor should play, soothsayer is not one of them. The truth is that no-one knows what will happen next in investment markets. And if anyone […]


Truly Independent Financial Advice

One of the largest UK IFA networks, Sesame, has recently announced that it is removing all of its member financial adviser firms’ independent status.  All financial advisory firms that operate under the Sesame umbrella will now be offering their clients restricted advice. You may recall the financial advice industry underwent some significant changes at the […]


Guaranteed Pitfalls

It is the nature of investment that people will pay a premium for the promise of a “certain” outcome. But research shows these supposed guarantees often come with hidden costs and risks attached. Imagine an investment product that is sold as lifting your chances of meeting your retirement needs from 60% to 65%. A second […]


Trusts & Estate Planning, Finding The Right Solution

Family wealth preservation is not solely about ensuring that children do not lose out on 40% of the intended bequest – after all, the Revenue has already had a slice of this money, so why give them anymore? It can also mean having the funds available to deal with the following, very real, lifestyle issues […]


Survival of the fittest? Investment Fund Analysis

Survivorship bias is one of the most common and momentous flaws in investment fund analysis. Previously ignored by the investment industry and the majority of financial advisers, it can lead to significant distortions in historic performance figures and poor decision making thereafter. Survivorship bias occurs when an analyst calculates the performance results of a group […]


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Volatility in global stock markets

Here’s one final word on the recent volatility in Global stock markets. As always, Carl Richards put this into context with one of his graphics and a few words… Normal Can Feel Scary… Imagine being in a boat in the ocean on a very still day. No wind. No swell. The water is as flat […]

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Putting the current stock market decline in context

There’s no doubt hyperbolic headlines depicting the recent falls on the world’s financial markets are potentially anxiety-inducing. With the FTSE 100 Index falling to its lowest level since April 2017, the effect of the headlines is to promote a sense of uneasiness; we’re here to remind you that this shouldn’t be the case. Instead of […]

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Inheritance Tax is an avoidable tax

It is often said that Inheritance Tax is an avoidable tax, but many of us somehow fail to avoid it. Why is this? In our experience, clients’ failure to plan effectively is a result of the following perceived problems: Speed – How often will the thought of having to survive 7 years from the date […]

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