Every fortnight under the title of 'Ties are optional', Les Conway shares his thoughts about what’s going on in the World and how it can affect and impact your lifestyle and finances.  Feel free to sign up here to subscribe to receive.

Helping people sleep at night

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 13th of September 2017

It´s one thing for a business to say how good they are at what they do.  It´s another thing, and in my opinion altogether more powerful, to hear about it from one of their clients.

In the latest edition of my Vlogs, we hear from Chris Smith.

Chris has kindly shared his experiences using our services and why we´ve helped him avoid sleepless nights.  And me too come to that!

To view the video on YouTube, just click

Thanks for reading (and watching) and if you have any financial planning relate...

A small question - A big reaction

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 30th of August 2017

I received a thank you email from a client recently, which I feel is worth sharing. I’ve also asked permission from the said client to reproduce and quote her here.

I’m a big believer in that you shouldn’t just plan how to use your money, but you need to be thinking about how your money can help you lead the kind of life you want to live.

And the call from the client showed that in practice.

To paint the picture, Wendy Reed is a mother of one who lives with her partner and is self-employed. They came to see me in April last year for a pla...

Just like Sir Mo Farah and Usain Bolt

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 16th of August 2017

This week's Vlog comes from The London Stadium, formerly home of the London 2012 Olympics on the penultimate day of the IAAF World Athletics Championships

Here I talk about the fact that nothing happens unless we put the work in. This being the same as Sir Mo Farah and Usain Bolt. In the same way, the same applies to planning our lifestyle and our financial planning to make our lifestyle happen.

The link of takes you directly to the video.

Why can kicking is dangerous

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 2nd of August 2017

I met with a new client recently who said she finally wanted to get to grips with her finances as she was, in her own words, ‘tired of kicking the can down the road’.

It’s a good phrase for summing up a lot of people’s apprehensive approach to their financial planning. Our American cousins have their own phrase for this kind of avoidance tactic where they call it kicking something ‘into the long grass’. I much prefer the can analogy myself.

But why would people prefer to kick metaphorical cans rather than enact solid financial plans that p...

Staying on Track - Especially in terrible weather

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 19th of July 2017

This week’s Vlog is delivered to you from a dry then rain sodden Mercedes-Benz World Circuit at Brooklands.

I’m sharing my thoughts on what good financial planning and motor sport have in common when it comes to creating the kind of lifestyle you want.

The link of takes you directly to the video.

The top reasons why relationships fail

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 5th of July 2017

When was the last time you thought ‘sod this I’ve had enough’ and ended a relationship? It could’ve been a friendship, romantic liaison or a business arrangement.

I read an article recently which listed the main reasons why people end their relationships with businesses that serve them. It made for interesting reading.

The two top reasons were a lack of trust followed by poor communication.

Having trust in someone you employ is obvious. The subject of communication is equally important. Especially for any financial planner and client rela...

I’ve been flustered by a video exposé

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 21st of June 2017

With the soaring temperatures we’ve been experiencing over the past week, the last thing I needed was to get flustered.

Thankfully, it’s all in the good cause of sharing what I do with people and why good lifestyle financial planning helps people live the lives they want.

Click here to view my debut video blog.

And look out for regular video updates to accompany our blogs.

I’d love to get feedback and your thoughts on future videos along with what subjects or issues you’d like me to talk about.

So what does the result of the General Election really mean?

Posted by siteadmin on Sunday 11th of June 2017

My blog following the 2015 General Election was entitled 'Don't take us for Granted' (feel free to check back). In that situation, Ed Miliband and the Labour Party did just that. Now we've seen that replicated by Theresa May and her close consorts. It could also be argued the same with Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP where Alex Salmond (the man who wanted to be king) and Angus Robertson (the SNP Deputy Leader) both lost their seats. Meaning that 'indyref2' is probably now finished.

From time to time I check out online reviews of new local Restaur...

What Priority do you Share with the Government?

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 7th of June 2017

So tomorrow we head to the polls - again.

Regardless of who wins, it’s always been the case that any Government’s first priority is to protect its citizens. Perhaps now more than ever with the awful events we've seen of late where it's painful to say, but we'll undoubtedly see more. It was the only thing the different political parties could agree on, albeit as a principle as opposed to how.

And that protection priority is something we should all apply ourselves too by ensuring that we and our families are protected as much as possible in ...

Are we getting shy about retiring?

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 24th of May 2017

I read a great article the other day about the changing attitudes towards retirement. The days of getting a Gold Clock, warm handshake and being bid farewell when you’re 65 years-old are fading fast.

The clichés of retirees only enjoying gardening, bowling clubs and afternoon naps are also disappearing. Increasingly, people are going past their traditional retirement age and working well beyond.

One of the drivers of this change in behaviour is that a lot of us are working in less physically demanding labour jobs, thanks to the rise of tec...


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