Twice monthly 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.

They Think It's All Over ...........It's Only Just Begun

Posted by siteadmin on Tuesday 3rd of July 2018

The day before the World Cup began in Russia, I headed down to my local park. Not for a kick-about (although I did have a weird dream that Gareth Southgate had rung me offering me with a place on the team), but to film this Vlog.

Any big achievement takes planning. Whether it’s preparing for your retirement, getting your financial house in good working order or trying to win the World Cup.

Just click on to view.​

Thanks for watching.

Don’t Lose Sleep Over It

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 20th of June 2018

I read an article recently which listed money worries as the number one reason people suffered sleepless nights.

It was a fascinating report and included a statistic that the ‘feel good factor’ people felt from a great night’s sleep was equal to that of being told they were having their pay doubled. (According to a scientific test carried out by an American university).

I’ve seen over the years people complain about the impact financial concerns were having on their sleep.

So, with that in mind here’s five-night time tips from the sleepco...

No Corners Cut

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 6th of June 2018

In my latest Vlog, you’ll see me participating in my favourite pastime. I’ll also be discussing something which affects every business, community group and individual in Europe. 

Just click on to view. 

Thanks for watching.

Five Attributes Financial Planner's Need

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 16th of May 2018

My daughter, Sophie, is studying for a Masters in Sports Management and Marketing.

As part of her course, she meets up with a careers coach who is helping her to plot her path and think about her future career.

They recently undertook an exercise where Sophie was asked to think about someone she saw as a role model. She then was told to list down the personal qualities, skills and strengths and why these were important to her.

The personal qualities she listed included being approachable, a good listener and being committed yet informal a...

How to Create and Stick to a Personal Budget

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 2nd of May 2018

Welcome to my latest Vlog. It was filmed on the hottest April day in more than twenty years and it certainly felt like it in my office.

I’m often asked what’s the simplest way to getting on top of your personal finances. The answer isn’t rocket science as the video link below will show you.

Just click and you'll see how straightforward it is.

Changing your mind can change your future

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 18th of April 2018

Last year, we celebrated my wife Caroline’s 50th birthday. And I can honestly say in the 30 years we’ve been married I’ve never been prouder of her.

Over recent years she’s worked incredibly hard to lose weight and get really fit and this lifestyle change has led her to set up her own personal fitness training business. She was featured recently in the Pinner section on the MyNews website. So just click here to view the full article.

She’s battled with her weight all her adult life and was a classic yo-yo dieter. Losing lots of weight then...

A video tutorial in how to find out how much your state pension will be!

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 4th of April 2018

In this week’s Vlog, I'll show you a simple way of how you can check what you’re in line for from the state pension.

Just click and you'll see how easy it really is.

How do I find out how much my state pension will be?

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 21st of March 2018

As the population lives longer, it’s important to make sure there’s enough money in your pension pots to sustain your standard of lifestyle in your golden years.

I say pots because long gone are the days when people retired and lived comfortably on just a state pension.

But the pension the Government provides UK citizens isn’t to be sniffed at and one of the most common questions I get asked is ‘How much will I get as my state pension and when will I start getting it?’

Finding out is easy and can be done online (and by post but most peopl...

Taking the mystique out of Financial Planning

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 7th of March 2018

In this week’s Vlog, I show off a magic trick and take some of the mystique out of financial planning.

The link of takes you directly to the video.

Lifestyle Financial Planning - What’s it all about?

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 21st of February 2018

I’ve been feeling rather philosophical since the turn of the year. And that’s led me to mull over some of life’s big questions:-

  • Why are we here?
  • What’s the meaning of life?
  • And the all important one for a lifelong fan like me, when will West Ham United ever have a decent team again?

Seriously though, a question I’ve given more thought time than most to recently is what does lifestyle financial planning really mean to people?

At first glance it could seem it’s all about money and its management. But although I've been saying this fo...


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