Tag Archives: Investing

What does “Doing the Work” mean? (Part 2)

“Doing The Work” is a phrase that I only heard for the first time a couple of years ago on (American) self development podcasts. At first, I wasn’t sure what it meant. They weren’t talking about coal mining, plumbing or accountancy…or other forms of paid work. No, they were talking about emotional work. Yes, that’s […]

The Ice Sculpture, The Turkey and The Rollercoaster

Back in 2014, I wrote a blogpost called The Ice Sculpture and The Turkey that talked about the risks of investing (and the risks of not investing). I was reminded of this when discussing investment risks recently with Andy Hart from The Maven Money podcast. You can watch our discussion on investing here: You can […]

Get Rich with Simplicity

There are a couple of posts on this site that underpin all the others. You can think of them as the foundations on which everything else is built. One of these is The Aggregation of Marginal Gains and the other is its less popular under-rated cousin The Principles of Lifehacking. If you haven’t read The […]

International investing is Easy

Whatever your views on the EU referendum, last week was a reminder of the value of international diversification. Despite the scary headlines, a UK based investor with a sensibly diversified portfolio would have ended the week richer (measured in £) than they started. Below is an updated post that I originally published last year.  It’s as […]

Progress, Volatility and The Snowball

A few weeks back, I was struggling with my cycling training. I don’t know why. Maybe I was tired, maybe I was over-training, maybe the dog had eaten my homework. Whatever the excuse reason, I was struggling to keep up with the group. The thought that popped into my head was….I don’t feel I’m making […]

Investing with the Automatic Pilot

Over the last few years, investing has been like flying a passenger jet in near perfect weather conditions. Sure, things started off rough in 2008/9, there was the odd squall in 2011 and there have often been storm clouds on the horizon. But, for the most part, there has been a tailwind, no turbulence and the Captain has been […]

How to break up with your wealth manager

Reader: OK, T.E.A. – I’m the customer of a wealth manager or financial adviser and I read your previous post on being screwed.  I’ve a nasty feeling I’m paying a shit load of fees for underperformance but I’m nervous about changing.  It would be hard for me to leave…who would I speak to when the news headlines are […]

The ice sculpture and the turkey

Have you got too much cash? This may sound ridiculous – could there be a more first world problem? But having too much cash sat idle in a portfolio is a common problem. Many smart, hardworking people are good at earning and saving but have a blind spot when it comes to investing. They accumulate cash savings […]

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Day trading: Frankie goes to Vegas

Charlie Munger likes to invert problems. He says he’d like to know where he is destined to die. Why? He explains: “So I can then be sure never to go there”. Similarly, one way to get rich is to think about how to get poor…..and then do the opposite. A good example of this is day trading. […]