This week we get to chat with a guy who is making quite a name for himself. He is advocating for greater investor education, in particular with regards to the long-running debate on the value of Active Fund Management versus Passive or Index investing.
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Robin Powell is an award-winning journalist, blogger and content marketing consultant, based in the UK, with specialist expertise in the investing industry.
He works primarily work with asset managers and advisory firms at improving outcomes for the end consumer. He also campaigns for better investor education and for greater transparency in global asset management. As well as The Evidence-Based Investor, he edits Adviser 2.0, a blog which explores the changes taking place within the financial advice profession.
He is the producer of two highly-acclaimed online documentaries about investing — How to Win the Loser’s Game and Index Funds: The 12-Step Recovery Program for Active Investors.
Welcome to Informed Decisions' very first 'Business Success Series'.
Our main focus over the past 18 months has been Financial Planning and all aspects of Personal Finance. By all means have a look at our back-catalogue here. We have a huge interest here too in the success of others, and in business successes. For that reason we will bring you 5 or 6 Business Success stories over the course of 2018, to hear how they succeeded and the financials behind their success.
This week we are joined by Paddy O'Connell of Paddy O's Granola, who have been growing from strength to strength since it's beginnings a few short years ago.
If you feel you have a great story to tell and would like to join us then please drop us an email here.
Hope you enjoy the interview, and thanks again to Paddy O for joining us.
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It is fair to say that the Financial Advice industry in Ireland has a reputation for forcing products on people, only making money when they sell 'policies'. The truth is that advice has so much more to offer, if it is done right! That is where Financial Planning seems to come into play. A Financial Planner can still sell you policies I guess, however the onus of a Financial Planner (if they are really behaving like a Financial Planner) should be on exploring your future plans, and helping you determine a clear way forward, that maximises outcomes for you. Family Home Relief is one such thing that Financial Planning can help people be aware of......so here goes!
This week we'd like to introduce you to Jack. Jack is in his 40's, and his parents, Frank & Sharon are both in their late 70's. Frank & Sharon had worked hard their whole lives, and through effective Financial Planning were able to retire at 62 with their desired lifestyles intact (nice cars, meals, clothes, holidays and hair & make-up!). They have been living the proverbial dream for the past 15 years, and are now in pretty rough health, given their indulgences on meals and relaxation!
Frank & Sharon have spent the vast bulk of their retirement funds at this stage (as was planned), and have assets now of €50,000 low volatility investment fund, a car valued at €20,000, and their home, valued at €600,000. Sadly, and in order for this blog to make any sense, they both die, first Frank and then shortly afterwards Sharon. Their entire assets are left to Jack, who is obviously very emotionally distraught, but has now inherited their assets!
According to Central Statistics Office the average salary in Ireland (2016) of a full-time employee was a 'grocery-shop' more than €45,000. Knowing that figure might make you feel that you're doing well or it might make you feel like making progress on the income you are bringing in. In reality this is the main thing for many of us as we go through our careers ,our own sense of value and worth can unfortunately rest squarely on the amount of money we are paid to do a job for someone else! It's totally cock-eyed but for many people in ireland's society this is what they judge their success on. It's something that I am passionate about changing over the years, I just haven't quite figured out how yet (answers on a post-card please!).
Anyway, as 'things' pick up in our economy, there are more and more jobs for people to move to, more and more salary increases happening, in comparison to 2008-2013 at least! While it is not being achieved by everyone there are at any one time many people getting salary increases, be that as a result of promotion, moving to a different employer on a higher salary, or hitting targets when they had not been in the 'rough times'.
Welcome back to another edition of the Informed Decisions Blog, Ireland's #1 Financial Planning Blog & Podcast! This week we will explore some of the common things that people do with salary increases, and share a few ideas to ensure you don't do the same!