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The New Age of Retirement

Posted by siteadmin on Friday 3rd of May 2019

We live in a world of constant and increasingly rapid change.

During my twenty eight years in the financial planning industry, I’ve noticed a new way in how people perceive retirement.  Reaching that golden landmark where you can finally down tools and say bon voyage to the workplace (should you wish) was once the cue for many to begin ‘taking it easy’.  Join a bowls club, buy some slippers and enjoy a rest.  But more and more I’m working with people who view retiring in a very different way.
I see many clients who have taken their compan...

Reasons Why You Call a Financial Planner

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 3rd of April 2019

During the past twenty eight years since I began working in the financial services industry, I’ve experienced a range of reasons why people contact a financial planner for help.
It’s usually a change in their circumstances or an unexpected event, which stimulates people into action requesting an opportunity to explore and discuss their financial plans (or in many cases the lack of).
Below are the most common reasons why people get in touch.  This list is by no means exhaustive and on a regular basis, I see and hear new reasons that motiv...

Love, Listening and Long-Term Relationships

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 6th of March 2019

For the hopeless romantics, last month we celebrated Valentine’s day.
For the cynical amongst us it’s the date in the calendar when the shops go into overdrive selling all manner of heart shaped, stupid cupid themed ‘stuff’. A form of commercial emotional blackmail or a chance to show you care, it’s your choice.
People have differing views about Valentine’s Day. Some love it, some hate it. One thing those for and against have in common is everyone loves to be listened to.
Think about it. When was the last time you were having a convers...

The Meaning of Life Financial Planning

Posted by siteadmin on Monday 4th of February 2019

'Planning is bringing the future into the present so you can do something about it now.' - Alan Lakein.

I’m a financial planner not a philosopher. But for me, life is all about enjoying the ride and making the most of it.

I think it’s a common misconception that financial life planners are, and indeed financial life planning is, just about making your money grow.

Don’t get me wrong. That is a crucial part of it. But for me lifestyle financial planning, which I refer to cryptically in this headline, when it’s done well, gives people a chan...

Flying into a brighter future

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 9th of January 2019

When I started off in financial planning some twenty eight years ago, I always wanted to make a positive difference.

The world has changed beyond recognition during that time. But my desire to help people make their money work for them to give them the life they want has never diminished.

I’ve always been looking for ways to develop and improve the way we work and give a greater and increasing impact to help people achieve what they want to achieve.

And recently, I made a change to the business which will allow me to spend much more time ...

A Time to Change - The Japanese Way

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 19th of December 2018

With the New Year on the horizon, a lot of our minds are thinking how we will change things for the better in 2019.

Will it be the year we get fit and focus on health? Or the year we get that job or qualification we’ve often dreamed about? Or is 2019 the year you get your financial house in order?

Whatever it is you want to change you’ll need to act.

The good news is it often doesn’t need to be a huge change. In fact, research has shown that by adopting small, even tiny changes you can transform any area of your life.

The Japanese have a...

The truth about financial planning

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 5th of December 2018

In this latest Vlog I answer a question posed to me by one of our viewers.

James gets straight to the point by asking ‘Is financial planning really as boring it sounds?’

Just click on to view my answer.

The Most Boring Activities Revealed

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 21st of November 2018

I recently came across a report that listed fifty of the World’s most boring activities. They included waiting in line at the Post Office, watching party political broadcasts and even listening to Sir Bob Geldof or Bono giving a lecture.

There was also space for waiting in a Doctor’s surgery, filling in tax returns and buying socks. Traffic jams, train delays and Alan Titchmarsh also all made the boring hall of fame!

Nowhere to be found in the boring list was financial planning. Despite that I was asked recently by someone if financial pla...

How not to behave during a meeting

Posted by siteadmin on Tuesday 6th of November 2018

I’ve always fancied myself as a bit of an actor. Les Clooney has a certain ring to it.

My Wife Caroline is forever telling me to ‘stop acting up’, so I’m guessing she recognises my dramatic ability too.

In this latest Vlog I get to exercise my acting muscles, share the stage with a ‘co-star’ and highlight how not to behave during a meeting.

To view, just click on

If anyone from Pinewood, Hollywood or indeed even Borehamwood is watching and wants me for a role they’re casting, you’ll have to speak with my age...

Ch ch ch ch Changes

Posted by siteadmin on Tuesday 16th of October 2018

Woolworth used to be the place to go for bits and bobs and your pick'n'mix on the High Street. The Yellow Pages was the first place you’d turn to when needing a business’s number. And there was even a time when mobile phones were the size of a suitcase and only owned by stock brokers or drug dealers.

But things have changed. The technological revolution we’ve experienced over the past 15 or so years has impacted all our lives for better and for worse.

You just need to look at the High Street outside my Pinner office and in Bridge Street ju...


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