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Views from the Plain English Finance team and our friends.
As featured in YourMoney, Money Observer, The Spectator, MoneyWeek and more.

November 1st, 2019

#54 — Entrepreneurs & "Intrepreneurs" - Part II

The week before last I sent an email out about our forthcoming Plain English Finance ‘Leverage’ programme. We have been delighted by the response. Enough people got in touch to make it impractical for me to respond to each of you individually. As such - I hope our broader readership will...

by Andrew Craig

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October 23rd, 2019

#53 — Financial Advice in the UK

Hardly a week goes by without me fielding an email from someone asking me for financial advice, invariably after having read my book. It is not uncommon for someone to get in touch, say something very kind about my book (which is very much appreciated of course) and then give ...

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October 10th, 2019

#52 — Are you an entrepreneur or an "INtrepreneur"?

Calling all entrepreneurs and "intrepreneurs"... I know that a fair number of our readers are entrepreneurs and many more have a conventional job where there is scope to be entrepreneurial (often called an ‘intrepreneur’). If this describes you - or if you are interested in becoming an entrepreneur or i...

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September 18th, 2019

#51 — 'Owning the World' - if you're not in the UK

As I mentioned in my last article, nowadays we have an audience in no less than sixty-five countries (or, at least, people with proxy servers based in that many countries). In the last few years, a large number of such people have got in touch with us to ask how t...

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September 4th, 2019

#50 — Which broker should I use?

Anyone who has followed my output for any length of time may know that I have been pretty regularly on record as an effusive supporter of the UK stockbroker / investment supermarket / platform company, Hargreaves Lansdown (HL). In the “Complete Guide to Owning the World” document which subscribers to our Community get ...

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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 –...

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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. ...

by Andrew Craig

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