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.

Through the looking glass

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 5th of January 2022

Through the Looking Glass was a novel published in the late 1800’s by Lewis Carroll. It’s the sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. In the story, Alice again enters a fantastical world, by climbing through a mirror into a world that she can see beyond. There she finds that just like a reflection, everything is reversed, including logic.

Alice’s adventures might be fictional, and children’s fiction at that. But it can also show us that life doesn’t need to be a dream if we plan for it.

I’ve conducted some recent annual client reviews ...

This quote came from the legendary American fire fighter Red Adair.

From the 1950s to the early 1990s, Red was THE global expert when it came to oil well firefighting.

Along with his well-trained team, he extinguished dozens of huge fires all over the world including Piper Alpha in 1988 and the blazes set by the Iraqi army in the Kuwaiti oil fields in 1991 following Operation Desert Storm.

Red and his crew weren’t cheap, but they were the best and importantly they got the job done.

In an industry where each day a fire burnt would cost mi...

Always look on the bright side of life

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

Eric Idle’s synonymous Monty Python tune can be hard to get out of our head, when we start to sing it. Always look on the bright side of life may have had its origins in comedy, but the crux of its meaning is quite poignant.
Life is about enjoying the ride and making the most of it as best we can. Knowing that things are going to distract us from time to time. After all, we only get one chance at it.
It’s a common misconception that financial advice is about making our money grow. But it’s so much more than that. More so, where financial...

Being environmentally conscious and socially aware

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 6th of October 2021

With our lives returning to normal, I attended a conference recently which I tend to annually. The main thread of the conference focused on how the world of fund management was becoming more environmentally conscious and socially aware. As many of us are also.
There were many interesting threads discussed. Whether it be in respect of the wider use of renewable energy, reducing the use of single use plastics or companies treating their employees fairly and with humility.
Of course, this is something that we all aspire to. We’re all making...

A Life Centred Approach

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 8th of September 2021

The purpose of adopting a life centred approach to financial lifestyle planning, is to help people achieve their best life possible with the money they have. Along with that which they expect to accumulate over time.
When taking a journey, we plot our route and work out how we’re going to get from A to B. But not just by knowing where B is, but by having clarity in when we want to reach our destination. What we can’t know is, when and where we’re going to hit the congestion. More importantly how we’re going to navigate around it, indeed if...

The time is right

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 4th of August 2021

Quite often, I have people make contact wanting to engage in an initial meeting, but who are not ready for what ultimately is lifestyle financial planning,
Typically, although they’ve grasped what it is and are aware that they’ll need to, opening up can be quite challenging. More so, when realise that they’ll need to open up to themselves.
Moving into a particular phase of the life cycle or having a specific event occur, tends to make the timing more relevant. But even then, the process of going deep to understand what we want can be dau...

What we value the most

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 7th of July 2021

Not everyone is a fan of football. But we saw during the early stages of the European Championships an incident that hit the global news that resonated with us all.

Christian Eriksen, the Danish international, suffered an unexplained cardiac arrest whilst playing in a match against Finland. Hard to believe from what we'd expect as a seasoned and highly conditioned athlete.

No doubt some will be concerned as to whether it ends his career. But surely the value that we place on certain things in our life, outweighs things that may be less importa...

Holding onto the good times

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 9th of June 2021

It’s been an eighteen month roller coaster ride for us all, with lockdown after lockdown, endless restrictions on our civil liberties, uncertainty and many finding it hard to cope.
As I write, the UK has been downgraded to a Covid-19 level three alert. The sun is shining and in a week’s time, more of the things we took as the everyday norm (and maybe with this recent experience for granted also) will return.
We’re not out of the woods yet, but we are now so very close.
Being the motor sport fan that I am, I’m of the view that the late great ...

A giant leap

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 5th of May 2021

Remember that famous phrase by Neil Armstrong when he stepped out from the Apollo 11 Lunar Module onto the surface of the moon? Don’t worry, as I’m not going to reproduce it here as it's so well known.
But sometimes, the same applies to less dangerous pursuits in a person’s life. All the same, it means that we perhaps might be walking into unknown territory from time to time.
My wife was recently reading a book called 'Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway'. The brief introduction set out clearly what it aimed to help the reader with. It made some ...

Adapting to the environment

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 7th of April 2021

In the times as we’re facing now and where lots of us have had or will soon have a the COVID-19 vaccine, we need to adapt our lives to what is going to become the norm.

Nature has its own way of adapting and some species have learnt how to adapt, simply to maintain their survival.

The natural world is a tough place. Faced with competition for resources and sometimes hostile climates. But in order to beat the odds and survive, some who inhabit our planet adapt in some very interesting and unusual ways.

One example is the Alaskan Wood Frog ...