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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 […]
The collapse of the banking sector, mis-selling of endowments, pensions, PPI, the LIBOR rate fixing scandal… it’s not hard to see why financial companies are not exactly top of the trusted professions list right now. Public mistrust is possibly at an all-time high and the industry is having to take a long hard look at […]
In a previous blog post we dealt with the impossibility of avoiding risk altogether when investing and the importance of working out your own personal tolerance to risk and then diversifying your assets. In this post, I’d like to highlight the different types of risk involved in investing. Inflation risk Inflation is a silent thief […]
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 […]
There are a great many enjoyable aspects to being a financial adviser. Building a rapport with clients, helping them to set goals and, even better, to achieve them is what keeps many of our advisers here at Infinity motivated and happy in their work. However, as with any job, there are also some challenges. In […]
All regulated investment managers are at obliged by law to issue a caveat to investors pertaining to risk and by doing so ensure that the client is aware that the value of investments can go up as well as down. In the financial world, risk describes the range of possible returns on an asset and […]
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 […]
Many investors have historically shown a tendency towards investing in bonds arguing that they are safer and less volatile than stocks and other investment options. However in the face of an ever changing economy, are bonds really a safe investment? The nuts and bolts So what are bonds? To put it simply, bonds are loans […]
There is a lot of talk in the press about the so-called fiscal cliff. Judging by the number of questions we are receiving on the issue, people are confused about what it means and concerned about its effects. Therefore this post will help explain the fiscal cliff and its possible effects on investors in Asia. […]
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. […]
We all know about risk, in fact much of life is about avoiding it, or at least protecting ourselves from it, preparing for the unexpected. For most of us that means quitting smoking, wearing a seatbelt and taking out a life insurance policy. But for mathematicians and statisticians, risk becomes a tantalising problem of how […]
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