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The short answer is yes! And here’s the lowdown on why. Young people tend to take greater risks in life, which explains a lot of things including why adolescents commit more crimes than other age groups, why they are more likely to drink and smoke and why it costs a lot more to insure a […]
Investment involves risk. Always. The important thing is to manage that risk in a way which is suitable for each individual. In order for financial planners to be able to find the best level of investment risk for each client, they need to work out the individual’s risk profile. This involves three elements: Risk capacity […]
By Lynda Calver, Senior Financial Consultant Balancing risk and return is the eternal dilemma faced by all investors. An investment which is low risk but offers a high return is the Holy Grail and remains equally as elusive as the famous Christian relic, however hard a sales pitch you are getting to convince you otherwise. […]
Yesterday Richard Branson posted an insightful piece on Linked In explaining how and why he managed downside risk when growing his business empire. He explains that having downside protection was fundamental to two key decisions in his career; the first leaving school at the age of just 15 and the second when diversifying from running […]
We are living longer. Great news if you are healthy and wealthy in your later years, but not so great if you are struggling to survive on a poor pension, or are unable to get the healthcare or social care you need to make the most of your latter years. Depending on where you are […]
Most expats in Asia enjoy an enviable lifestyle however there are things that can go wrong and sometimes these can have serious consequences. Over the years advising and helping expats with their financial planning Infinity has heard its share of horror stories, as well as plenty little tips that make have made life better for […]
How much risk are you willing to take with your savings? A very difficult question for most of us to answer, but one that needs to be carefully addressed when planning an investment portfolio. Cash savings such as bank deposit accounts and bonds offer low to no risk. They tend to be for shorter terms […]
HOW OFTEN do you see the headline ‘billions wiped on shares’? OK, I know, you don’t really see it at all do you, and that is because good news is so much less dramatic than bad news, so you are far more likely to see the ‘billions wiped off shares’ headline. But think about it, […]
THE WORLD has changed in the past few years in more ways than we might have imagined were possible in such a short period of time. Few of us would have been as aware as we now are about the price of oil and the consequence of difficulties in the Middle East, or the level […]
Currency has been a hot topic of late, and it is no wonder given what has been happening in the eurozone, which is making waves worldwide no matter how far removed you are as a nation from the epicentre of the current financial quakes. It might be easy to think that in Asia, where we […]
ONE OF the realities of markets is that at any one time, there has to be at least two individuals who are taking completely opposing views as to what is likely to happen next. While one person will look at the economic data and think the worst, another will look at the same data and interpret it in a completely different way – think of […]
Getting older. Yes, it is happening to all of us, but some will accept the inevitable more gracefully than others. Thing is, as we go through life and age – whether gracefully or disgracefully – it is not just the colour of our hair or how many wrinkles we are gaining that we have to […]
Any good builder knows that you will never build a house on sand. Well, let me rephrase that a little. You would not build a house on sand if you wanted it to stand up to the elements and remain steadfast for years to come – sand simply will not support the structure for you. […]