Articles by Paul Claireaux

Why confident people on the stage

might not be best qualified to be your sage

Who's that on the stage. Paul Claireaux

Why confident people on the stage

might not be best qualified to be your sage

If you’re interested in personal development, you’ve probably been to a few seminars and seen a few confident gurus, standing on a stage, selling their ideas. The question is, have you managed to work out which (if any) of these people (or more importantly, their ideas) are really worth following?

Why you need balanced views when investing

and where you can find more of those

Why you need balanced ideas on investment risk

Why you need balanced views when investing

and where you can find more of those

In this Insight, I’ll talk about where you might find more balanced views when investing your money in stock markets. The above video covers a lot of what’s in this Insight. So, if you prefer that format, watch that. Images in the video used under a Creative Commons License listed with attributions here

How to test your investment adviser

Before it's too late

Mencken. Clear, Simple & Wrong. Paul Claireaux

How to test your investment adviser

Before it's too late

This Insight will equip you to test your investment adviser about your expected investment returns. If you think this is useful guidance and you want to help me stop the spread of misleading information from parts of the multi-trillion pound (dollar) investment industry, then please share:-)

Investment risk bubbles are everywhere

But, incredibly, not all the experts believe they exist

bubbles everywhere

Investment risk bubbles are everywhere

But, incredibly, not all the experts believe they exist

Hey guys, I’ve just updated this long post on investment risks and hope you find it useful. I last updated it in February 2018, have been updating it since September 2016 – and yes, I will update it again, if something significant changes. For now, the risks in markets appear to be getting higher.

Why behaviour change takes time

and why you need to be kind to yourself on the way

kicking bad habits

Why behaviour change takes time

and why you need to be kind to yourself on the way

If you’ve ever tried to kick a bad habit and replace it with a good one – or you know someone who has – you’ll know it isn’t easy. Yes, there are plenty of products that promise to help us with various unhealthy habits, but we need to check for evidence, (with our doctor, if…

Here’s my happiness list

What's on yours?

Here’s my happiness list

What's on yours?

How often do you stop and think about what’s really important for your personal happiness? What activities seriously lift your mood – without giving you a hangover afterwards? In this extract from one of my books – I’ll tell you mine.

Can you help spread betting Joe?

Or any of your friends from getting sucked into this hideous gambling activity?

Joe and Naomi

Can you help spread betting Joe?

Or any of your friends from getting sucked into this hideous gambling activity?

Updated following the tragic recent death of ‘day trader’ Alex Kearns. This Insight is aimed at helping anyone (like my fictional character Joe, in the story below) to understand the real and horrendous risks of spread betting before it’s too late. Please share with your friends.

A story about a banker and his standard deviations

and the lesson it offers on Investment Risk

No golden rules, Shaw

A story about a banker and his standard deviations

and the lesson it offers on Investment Risk

If you’ve not yet heard this true story of the Investment Banker and his standard deviations, read on. This ludicrous but funny story might just help you remember one of the most important things about investment risk – and it’s this. The model the ‘experts’ use is wrong!

What’s your life story, and how has it affected your attitude to money?

This emotionally moving exercise will help you find out.

What's your life story?

What’s your life story, and how has it affected your attitude to money?

This emotionally moving exercise will help you find out.

This Insight is for you if you’re aged between 25 and 65, and striving to achieve more in your life, but feel that your attitude to money might be holding you back. Here you’ll learn a proven and powerful exercise to discover how your unique life story might have affected your attitude to money, and how…