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Courage: The catalyst for personal and financial transformation

In the journey of life, courage is often the unsung hero that propels us toward change and growth. It’s the force that challenges us to step out of our comfort zones and embrace the unknown. Bonnie Garmus aptly reminds us, “Courage is the root of change – and change is what we’re chemically designed to do.” This powerful statement is a call to action, urging us to break free from the constraints of fear and self-doubt […]

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Don’t count the days; make them count!

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to fall into the routine of counting days, waiting for the weekend, holidays or the next big event. But there’s a much more fulfilling approach to life, one that doesn’t just passively count the days but actively makes each day count. This perspective is not just about productivity or achievement; it’s about infusing each day with purpose and meaning. Viktor E. Frankl, a Holocaust survivor and […]

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The ripple effect of change

Change, a constant companion in our journey through life, often becomes a focal point as we transition into a new year. However, its principles are timeless, transcending the boundaries of calendars and seasons. The essence of change lies in grand resolutions and the subtle shifts of our everyday choices – from our thoughts and attitudes to our actions. Significantly, these changes, no matter how small, can profoundly impact our finances and social environment. At the heart […]

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It’s the steady hand on the tiller

In the insightful words of Nick Murray, “All financial success comes from acting on a plan. A lot of financial failure comes from reacting to the market.” This statement is a powerful reminder of a fundamental truth in financial management: the undeniable value of proactive planning over the pitfalls of reactive responses. Financial success doesn’t just happen by chance; it’s the fruit of deliberate, thoughtful planning. It often helps to think of your financial plan as […]

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Revitalising your planning approach

At any moment during the year, finding the space to pause and reflect is more than just a breather; it’s a chance for a transformative new start. It’s an opportunity to step back from the day-to-day grind, to reassess and to break free from the habitual patterns that often govern our approach to planning and organising both our lives and our finances. By stepping outside these familiar routines, we open ourselves up to fresh perspectives and […]

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The integral role of tax planning in financial strategy

When it comes to shaping a robust financial plan, understanding and preparing for the complexities of tax planning is crucial. Tax considerations play a pivotal role in financial decision-making, influencing everything from investment choices to retirement planning. While tax laws and regulations vary across countries, the core principles of tax planning hold universal relevance and can significantly impact your financial health. Why Tax Planning Matters Tax planning is more than just a year-end activity or a […]

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The only list you have to worry about

“He’s making a list, and checking it twice; Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice.” You’ve probably heard that line once or twice, right? For those who celebrate Christmas, there’s a tradition that speaks to Santa Claus having two lists, and only the kids on the nice list (good and well-behaved)… get gifts. Interestingly, this is not a Christmas-time tradition, but rather a parenting hack designed to keep kids in line during the rest of the […]

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Riding the waves of financial uncertainty

In the vast ocean of financial management, money anxiety often feels like an unending series of waves. Sometimes, these waves are gentle, nudging us towards better financial habits. Other times, they are overwhelming, born from the tempests of unexpected life events and shifting economic landscapes. It’s easy to become fixated on wealth creation, focusing solely on returns, innovative ideas, and bigger salaries. Yet, as a renowned financial advisor wisely observed, “It’s not the high waves but […]

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The Power of ‘Get To’ Over ‘Have To’

Life only seems to get busier – no matter how hard we try to slow things down. It’s easy to fall into a pattern of viewing tasks and responsibilities as burdens, things we ‘have to’ do. This mindset, often a default setting, can make our days feel heavy and obligatory. But what if we could shift this perspective? What if, instead of ‘I have to’, we started saying ‘I get to’? This simple linguistic flip can […]

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It’s important to check in

In the realm of financial planning, we often focus on numbers, strategies, and future projections. Yet, a recent conversation shared on twitter underscores a different, but equally vital aspect of our work: the importance of simply being there and listening. A financial planner recounted an experience with a retired client. It had been months since their last conversation, and a brief note about a transaction led the client to call, seeking clarity. This call unveiled a […]

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