Introducing a new blog Escaping The Bucket

Have you ever heard of the analogy of the bucket of crabs? It goes something like this: Take a bucket of crabs, all scrabbling around, then one tries to climb out of the bucket. Guess what? The rest grab hold of it and pull it back into the bucket – they are stopping it from changing … Continued

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What harvest festival can teach us about finances

  Harvest Festival will soon be upon us.  Those harvest baskets full of fruits and vegetables and celebratory songs have been a way of giving thanks since pagan times.  But Harvest Festival is more than just a celebration – it has also been used as a way to save food and supplies in times of … Continued

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How to create healthy new habits

  September is a month of new starts. Back to school, back to work, back to business for many of us after the holidays. And because the school holidays or summer breaks often mean a break in routine for many of us, it’s a great time to break bad habits and build newer, better ones. … Continued

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Mindfulness techniques to create healthy financial habits

  During the summer months, everything seems that little bit more relaxed.  People spend more time with friends and family, making the most of the sunshine before the serious skies of winter appear. Studies show that we’re more likely to take care of ourselves and enjoy those ‘little moments’. To put it another way, the … Continued

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What’s Your Perfect Day

Just when you think it wasn’t that long ago when we were tucking into our Easter eggs, we are now only a few weeks away from the longest day of the year. It’s a reminder of how quickly time passes, but also a good prompt to think about how we spend our day to day … Continued

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The Benefits Of Granting Power Of Attorney

I’m sure most of us have at least heard of a Lasting Power Of Attorney but what exactly are they and why are they worth having? Similar to an Ordinary Power of Attorney, which gives someone else the power to handle your financial affairs for you and is usually used on a temporary basis, perhaps … Continued

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Use It Or Lose It

You’re looking forward to the day when you can finally stop working and do all those things you’ve dreamt about – spending more time with the family, travelling to glorious places you’ve seen in magazines, getting fitter, taking up a new hobby, becoming more active in the community etc. You’ve spent time with your financial … Continued

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How To Get Your Missing Hour Back

We all know when the clocks ‘spring forwards’ we don’t actually lose an hour. But the truth is, until the clocks go back again in October, we sort of do. What is most interesting is how quickly we adjust to the change. In all aspects apart from one key element, saving time is much like … Continued

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Sustainable Investing – is it sustainable?

A guest blog for Serenity Financial Planning by Alistair Meadows, Investment Analyst at EBI Portfolios “Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.” – Woody Allen Sustainable Investing is hot right now; a Google search reveals a plethora of SRI (Socially Responsible Investing) or ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) funds in the pipeline as Fund Managers rush to meet demand … Continued

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The secret to sticking to your New Year money resolutions

When it comes to our personal life and finances, there’s an awful lot we can learn from looking at how small businesses are run. And taking a closer look at them can lead to a surprisingly simple and powerful way that is far more effective than willpower when it comes to sticking to New Year’s … Continued

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