Getting to grips with your finances takes 10 years

Getting to grips with your finances takes 10 years

We learn facts about stuff we’re interested in pretty easily – I bet you know all about the Irish team that beat Wales yesterday – but what about stuff that’s important but maybe not that interesting to us, like stuff to do with your finances? This week, I give you three things that will have a material effect on your wealth that you really need to grasp right now.

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Navigating Choppy Waters

Navigating Choppy Waters

I’ve received emails in the last fortnight from some clients spooked by what was going on in the stock markets. $4 trillion wiped off shares in a week will prompt concerns. So how did I respond? What could I possibly say to calm them? That’s easy – I summoned my inner Aer Lingus pilots voice.

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Answer this one question for me

Answer this one question for me

This morning, I’m paraphrasing Martin Crane, as played by the late John Mahoney in the sitcom Frasier. You might remember the episode. Frasier is intent on filling up his life with project after project. His dad stops him in his tracks with the suggestion that he ask himself “What do I really want? What is really going to make me happy… now?” Well? What would you say?

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You’re the villain in this investment story, but it wasn’t your intention

You’re the villain in this investment story, but it wasn’t your intention

My wife’s friend was in tears on the phone at the weekend. She has just had to give notice to her tenants – her great tenants, who love living in her apartment and who have taken good care of it for four years. They pleaded to be allowed to stay because they will really struggle to find somewhere else to live, but my wife’s friend has no choice. Her circumstances have changed dramatically and she needs to sell the apartment ASAP. This morning I ask, when we invest in property, how many of us consider the personal impact of dealing with tenants?

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