How do elections affect the stock market?
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17h ago
It feels like 2024 is the year of the election, with over 64 happening in various countries around the world covering around 50% of the world’s population[1]! These range from the farcical pretense of the re-election of Putin, to that in the UK. At this time, it looks like a probable victory for the Labour party over the incumbent Conservatives, seemingly with a large majority. In the previous election in 2019, British politics was polarised between Boris Johnson’s ‘getting Brexit done’ mantra and a very left-wing alternative of Jeremy Corbyn and his ‘magic money tree’. Today, the two main par ..read more
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The surprising truth: children likely increase your wealth
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by Andrew Hallam
1w ago
You won’t see any black and white photos of Edwina and Edwin Moses in your parent’s living room. But you’re related to them. They grew barley about 4,000 years ago. They had plenty of hurdles to leap, so they got busy having several kids. Those kids helped grow and pick the crops. They helped cook and clean. They helped trade barley. They weaponised sticks, stones or slingshots to poke the eyes out of attacking neighbours. These days, unless you’re part of the mob or living in a war zone, you won’t likely need your kids to defend your home or your BMW. You love your children. But they don’t fo ..read more
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How to design a meaningful life while you (and your loved ones) can
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2w ago
Mike and Emily wanted to take a long trip together to visit wine country. They thought about it and planned it for years. They could never quite get themselves to go, though. It never seemed to be the right time. Then Mike suddenly passed away from a heart attack. Emily is no longer able to take that trip with her best friend and husband. Chris and Jessica enjoy motorcycle trips and wanted to take their motorcycles on the open road to explore all the national parks in the lower 48 states. They saved up for it. They planned their route. And much like Mike and Emily, they never got around to it ..read more
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"Aside from the activity I see, what else is happening with my investments?"
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3w ago
Most financial life managers earn their clients inestimable multiples of any fees charged, by helping them properly structure their finances in an organised manner, invest appropriately, and stay invested through difficult periods. This is the type of action you SEE, in the form of calls and meetings.  Meeting your financial goals, so that you and your loved ones are free to live the lives you want, requires high-quality, sage, ongoing guidance.  But on top of this 'on the surface' activity, you need a robust, well-diversified, long-term investment strategy. The construction and main ..read more
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Do you need a financial health check? Here's how to tell
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1M ago
I love catching up with my colleague Damien, Managing Director of AES Health.  He's never shy in sharing his views on how we can improve corporate health insurance/employee benefits, much like me with personal financial services.  We also enjoy the parallels between our prospective professions. Personal finance, like medicine, requires discipline, prudence, and timely actions. And just as physical health depends on preventative care and informed decisions, monetary well-being relies on sound financial habits. While every investor has unique circumstances and challenges, it’s helpful ..read more
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Is it wise to begin investing when stocks are at an all-time high?
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by Andrew Hallam
1M ago
Is your heart beating like a bongo at the thought of investing? With stocks near an all-time high, you might fear being the patsy at the poker table. If you invest at the wrong time, your hard-earned money could swirl down the drain or languish for years while you grow more wrinkled. If that’s your fear, I can help. After all, I’ve added plenty of money to the markets over the past 35 years. And most of the time, stocks were at or near all-time highs. So why listen to me? Truth be told, I’ve done quite well. I was a schoolteacher. And as much as I would love to see every educator earning $100 ..read more
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The role your emotions play in high-stakes decisions
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1M ago
You make thousands of decisions every day. Very few are 'high stakes' ones that have a profound impact upon your entire future life. But when it comes to these, understanding your emotions can have a transformative effect. It's an Olympic year, which usually means we're going to see reporters asking athletes how nervous they were when they were competing. Often, the answer the athletes give is that they weren't nervous, but were excited. Emotions are interesting. They seem intuitive - like we should know what they are. And yet, when pressed, many of us don't know what emotions are or the role ..read more
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Why diversification means you don't need to worry about FOMO or regret
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1M ago
Most investors know that in the past few years, the US market has delivered above average returns, compared to many other markets. There's also been quite a lot written in the media lately pointing out that just a handful of stocks have driven most of the US returns. Some return-focused investors might look at this and wonder whether they should own more in the US... Does this sounds like you? Is fear of missing out (FOMO) tempting you into increasing your exposure to the US or even these few specific stocks? If so, you're likely succumbing to recency bias, where you're influenced largely by w ..read more
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The stock market is volatile for the first time this year. Here's what to do
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2M ago
For the first time this year, we're seeing some volatility. The S&P 500 saw its largest weekly loss in 6 months. The MSCI World Index is down.  Even Nvidia saw its second weekly close below the 20-day moving average. But this is NORMAL. In fact, it's healthy... In the early days of March, we saw all-time highs in US markets, Gold and even Bitcoin.  It reminded me of 2021 when it seemed like everything was hitting an all-time high. Pre-March this year, the stock market had four straight months of gains.  But, things that go up, must eventually come down.  Take a look at ..read more
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Should you begin investing now, or wait?
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by Andrew Hallam
2M ago
Taking your first investment step can be scary. You want to be sure you’re doing the right thing. Perhaps you’ve already read everything you can about effective investing. You learned that the best odds of success come from a globally diversified portfolio of index funds. But taking a committed leap can be so darn hard. Charles Schwab said something I’ll never forget. He said we should imagine two people. One begins investing monthly today. The second person is nervous. They wait five more years. Unfortunately, that procrastination means the second person has to invest twice as much every mont ..read more
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