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.

Taking the Stress out of Financial Planning

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 6th of January 2016

Hello and a Happy New Year to you all.

As mentioned in my last blog, I’m celebrating 25 years in the financial industry by releasing a mini book - The 5 Fundamental Steps to Solid Financial Planning.

It’s an easy to understand guide aimed at taking the stress out of financial planning.

Originally it was only available digitally but we've received such good feedback about it since the launch that I’ve now ordered print versions, which will be with us in the very near future.

To secure your complimentary printed copy just send me an email....

It’s my 25th Birthday!

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 16th of December 2015

Early next year I celebrate my 25th birthday.

And before you call me a fibber and cast doubt upon my claim, let me explain. You see, January 2016 marks 25 years that I’ve worked in the financial industry.

I was asked the other day what got me involved in the sector. Well, to tell the truth it wasn't part of any grand career plan I had.

After leaving school I went to work for my Dad’s graphics firm. I loved it and it was all I wanted to do. I worked through the ranks to be running my own subsidiary and can distinctly remember walking aroun...

A tin of Beans is a Recipe for Success

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 2nd of December 2015

It’s been a hectic fortnight for me. I’ve been hurtling around an iconic stadium, dining with a Mayor and Mayoress and playing a part in one of Pinner’s best ever Pantomime Evenings.

But the inspiration for this blog came while in a familiar setting and from a source I know very well. That being my son, Ben.

We were both in the kitchen a few weeks ago. Ben was reading and I was struggling to open a tin of beans in preparation for my signature dish of beans on toast as we were fending for ourselves that evening.

For the life of me I couldn...

A Plan Without Action is Just a piece of Paper

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 18th of November 2015

An hour or so before my wife and I were jetting off to Tenerife for a week in the sun a few weeks ago, my iPhone ‘pinged’ to inform me an email had come in.

It was from the company that runs the karting races I regularly compete in. They were offering a chance to take part in a one and half hour endurance race at the former Olympic Stadium in Stratford this coming Saturday 21st November.

This was to feature as part of a huge event called the Race of Champions, where some of the legends of Motorsport would be competing. Current F1 stars of ...

Peace of mind is Priceless

Posted by siteadmin on Monday 9th of November 2015

From time to time in this blog I’ll be sharing case studies that highlight the importance and value of what we do.

An example of such was when we helped a lady who was suffering from a serious illness to access full time care without putting her financial legacy at risk.

One of her relatives contacted us and explained the situation. She was in her sixties and in warden controlled accommodation. Due to her declining health she needed to move to a care home which could provide the level of treatment and attention that her condition required....

There’s More to Life Than Just Making Money

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 21st of October 2015

I’m a big believer in being grateful and with my family, career and the opportunities life has given me, I'm thankful that I've been fortunate in life’s lottery.

And it’s that feeling of gratitude that drives me to give something back to people in perhaps a not so fortunate position as me.

So with that in mind, let me tell you about my mentoring work with a young businessman and how it links in with my day to day job.

In January 2010 I became involved in a project called The Bright Ideas Trust (BIT). BIT is a charity which helps young peo...

What my Fitness Instructor Taught me about Financial Planning

Posted by siteadmin on Friday 9th of October 2015

I attended a conference recently where high profile figures from the financial world shared their thoughts with colleagues from the industry.

One of the speakers was a financial journalist called Paul Lewis who presents the Money Box show on BBC Radio 4.

Now Mr Lewis isn't shy of making bold or even controversial statements. But one thing I'd heard him say at another conference not long before really irritated me as I think it’s just plain wrong.  Indeed, I challenged him during the Q&A and you could say that we in effect agreed to disagre...

Don’t put your eggs all in one basket

Posted by siteadmin on Friday 25th of September 2015

The language of the financial world can be daunting for people on the outside looking in.

The money management industry does have a reputation for using terminology and phrases which to the average layperson read like gobbledegook.

I’ve always strived to explain money matters in a simple, accessible way which everyone can understand.

In fact, I have a good friend who I often use as a testing board. He’s bright and successful but not versed in the world of finance, its language and nuances. Plus, he asks a lot of questions.

It’s almost a ...

University - A New Challenge

Posted by siteadmin on Thursday 10th of September 2015

I’ve spoken before about how life events change people’s approach to financial planning and money management.

One of the biggest events in a person’s life is happening to thousands of young people this very month.

Heading off to university is a big deal and not just for the teenagers heading there. For parents it’s something which changes their lives also.

I speak from personal experience as both of my kids, Sophie and Ben, have been there, done that and got the graduation photos.

I’ve also spoken with several clients who have gone throu...

Keep Calm and Carry on my old China

Posted by siteadmin on Friday 28th of August 2015

Over the weekend I received a call and an email from two separate clients with one thing on their minds. China.

The concerns about the wider Chinese economy along with the reduction in their prospects for growth spooked the financial markets and these clients wanted to know what we should do.

The simple answer is nothing. ‘Nothing,’ I hear you cry? Yes that’s right.

Both individuals wanted reassurance that what was happening thousands of miles away wouldn't affect their lifestyles closer to home.

The markets are reactive but the general ...


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