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Under the title of 'Ties are optional', Les Conway shares his thoughts about what’s going on in the World and how it can affect and impact your lifestyle and finances.  Feel free to sign up here to subscribe to receive.

Facing our infallibility

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 3rd of June 2020

For many people, talking or even thinking about money can be difficult. It presents all sorts of issues and emotions and can even cause embarrassment.

It can be exhilarating, not least if we’ve been lucky enough to win something on the lottery.

Sometimes though, it can make us protective. Other situations might make us defensive, suspicious or nervous. Ultimately it causes us stress.

Let’s face it, life is not a rehearsal. And quite often for some, life is sadly all too short.

This is an extraordinary time, with concerns around health, an enviro...

What should we believe!

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 6th of May 2020

Last month I talked about understanding why things happen. With recent events, I thought I’d touch on the role the media play in our everyday lives (not just now).

There’s no doubt we’re living in extraordinary times with our liberties, finances and of course our health all very much of a concern. We all want to know what’s going on in the world. But what we want is factual news and not opinion.

How many times have we heard a news reporter say ‘my sources told me --------‘? So is what’s being reported interpretation, speculation or indeed ...

Understanding why things happen

Posted by siteadmin on Tuesday 7th of April 2020

Following on from my last article, not least considering the widespread health and global warming concerns we’re facing, we need to understand as to why things happen.
 
A very important part of the work financial planners do is to help people appreciate that uncertainty is a certainty.  Solid financial planning helps people interpret what’s happening around them and instigate plans or adjustments to plans to keep them on course.
 
No one can argue that what the world is facing currently is concerning.  Nor can it be denied that it could als...


What on earth do you have to worry about?

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 4th of March 2020

In this follow-on article explaining as to what lifestyle financial planning is, I’m focusing on the many things we have to think about as our life cycles unfold.

Just imagine there’s you contemplating life one day and feeling that everything’s going well.  What on earth do you have to worry about?

Well how about:-

  • Your job
  • Retirement
  • Death
  • Sickness
  • Weddings
  • Holidays
  • Pension
  • Children

These are just some the things that go through the minds of most people.  In many cases, some of these are capable of causing real stress and wor...


Lifestyle Financial Planning - Breaking it down

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 5th of February 2020

Having frequently been asked what lifestyle financial planning actually is, I intend to fully break it down and cover in detail over the coming months.
 
Kicking things off, the starting point without doubt is that clarity is key.
 
As you know, I wear glasses. If I didn’t and pretended that I could see because my vanity and appearance were more important, I’d be missing out on so much that I’d be unable to experience the world to its fullest.
 
Comparatively, in financial planning terms, we need to know what we have now, ideally what we’d e...


A Milestone

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 8th of January 2020

2020, a new year and a new decade.
 
This year will mark the tenth anniversary of Essentially Financial where back in the early part of 2010, I made the decision to go it alone.  The brief being to do things differently, by focusing on helping guide people on their lifetime journey through the ever-changing cycles of life.  And ensuring that they achieved the things they wanted to achieve, whether it be driven by things that are good, or perhaps not so good.
 
More so for me though, it was a personal lifestyle change.
 
It could be argued an...


My Financial Planning Philosophy

Posted by siteadmin on Tuesday 3rd of December 2019

I seem to be getting more philosophical as I get older.  And that’s led me to mull over some of life’s big questions.
 
Why are we here? What’s the meaning of life?  And why is it that I always seem to pick the slowest moving queue in the supermarket?
 
Seriously though, a question that I find a lot of people I talk to struggle with is what does lifestyle financial planning really mean?
 
At first glance it could seem that it’s all about money.  It’s not.  It’s about what you do with it and how it works for you that counts.  It’s the feeling...


Start with Why

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 6th of November 2019

The headline for this article is inspired by a book from an American author called Simon Sinek and turns some well-established thinking upside down.
 
To cut a long story short, he says that it’s more important to discover why you are doing something rather than simply going straight into what it is that you want to do.
 
He illustrates his point using examples from Apple. At the core (pardon the pun) of what Apple set out to achieve, they wanted to make life simpler, more portable and entertaining for their customers.
 
iTunes was an exampl...


Trust, Understanding and Mechanics

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 2nd of October 2019

I believe that good lifestyle financial planning is all about the depth of the relationship built between individuals.
 
One of the most profound things I learned at the start of my career was that you must listen far more than you talk.  Even with people I’ve worked with for years, I listen considerably more than I speak.
 
By punctuating the listening approach with thoughtful questioning, a picture is created of what people’s objectives, goals, ambitions, fears and hopes are.  These change as time elapses and is why it’s so important to ke...


Does money run your life?

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 4th of September 2019

I was challenged the other day.  Thankfully not to a duel at dawn in the nearby Park as my pistol shooting isn't up too much these days.  No, the gauntlet thrown at my feet was to describe what I do in no more than six words.
 
Apparently, this idea had come about when a five-year-old asked one of Google’s founders what he did for a job.  His reply (considering his empire spans some of the most complex technology on the planet) was genius - ‘I help people find things quickly’.
 
So, with those words ringing in my ears here’s my succinct desc...


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