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As featured in YourMoney, Money Observer, The Spectator, MoneyWeek and more.

August 21st, 2019

#49 — Just. Plain. Wrong.

A couple of years ago one of my mentors introduced me to the excellent maxim: “Never complain, never explain.” Whether you’re thinking about your spouse, family-members, friends, possible customers or pretty much anyone else in your life – other people find moaning pretty off-putting as a general rule. As a result –...

by Andrew Craig

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August 19th, 2019

#48 — The launch of our Fund Factsheet

I am delighted to be announcing the first of our monthly Fund Factsheets today. You can download it directly here (PDF format). You will see that this is a two page document. We would like to think that the first page provides all the key information you need about the ...

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August 15th, 2019

#47 — Podcast: Meaningful Money

Pete Matthew is the author of ‘The Meaningful Money Handbook’ and founder of MeaningfulMoney - one of the UK's biggest and best personal finance podcasts. I was delighted when he invited me on to the podcast recently. Our conversation went live on Pete’s site yesterday and is now available to dow...

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July 29th, 2019

#46 — New Fund Fact Sheet...

If you have followed us for a while, you will hopefully be aware that we have an investment fund - the snappily named "VT PEF Global Multi-Asset Fund”. (You can find out all about the fund, how it came about and the team behind it by reading our detailed Fu...

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July 16th, 2019

#45 — S&P 3,000 - We are there...!

+353% since 2009 low... In the last week, the S&P 500 (arguably the most important stock market index in the world), went through the level of 3,000 (an all time high)... It closed at 3014 on the 15th July 2019, which means that it is now up nearly 353% since the spooky March 2009 low of 666. ...

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June 21st, 2019

#44 — Zoom out. See the big picture.

I don’t think that it would be particularly controversial of me to say that there has been a great deal of negative press about investment recently. There has been even more than usual - and that is saying something. This has been as a result of the very public pr...

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May 1st, 2019

#43 — How to invest like the World's most successful investors (Audio)

A few weeks ago I was delighted to be approached by a very nice chap called Michael Coombe. Mike is an entrepreneur who has run various successful businesses, mainly focused on personal development. He also runs the podcast “Who’s Going to Stop Me”. We did the interview on a Saturd...

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April 5th, 2019

#42 — Yet another ISA deadline...

As many of you will be aware from the annual advertising bombardment that surrounds the ISA year end – you have until midnight on the 5th April to ensure that you use (or lose) this year’s ISA allowance. Given this reality, in the lead up to the deadline, I wanted to r...

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March 6th, 2019

#41 — Are you a leader in business, government, charity or education?

I wrote on Monday to announce the publication of the new edition of "How to Own the World" this week. Today, I wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who took the plunge. Thanks in large part to your response to that email, by yesterday morning ...

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March 4th, 2019

#40 — New Hodder edition of "How to Own the World" coming this week...

I write today to pass on the happy news that the third edition of my book, "How to Own the World" will be published this Thursday the 7th of March by John Murray Learning - a division of Hodder & Stoughton. The current (second) edition of the book ...

by Andrew Craig

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