Articles by Paul Claireaux

Financial Secrets for thirty somethings

Part 1. The questions about money we all share

Financial Secrets for thirty somethings

Financial Secrets for thirty somethings

Part 1. The questions about money we all share

A while back (January 2018) a young lady, Niamh, posted a question about financial planning on LinkedIn, and it went viral! Yes, incredibly, within just a few days her post attracted many thousands of likes and over 1,000 comments! Which is really odd when you think about it because most people would say that personal…

How much Investment risk is right for you?

on each of your financial life goals

Four Factors to decide on risk

How much Investment risk is right for you?

on each of your financial life goals

Whether you’re an existing investor or just starting out, you might be confused by all the ‘mumbo jumbo’ jargon about investment risk. Well, don’t worry, most people, including some advisers, are confused about this stuff too, and for good reason, as you’ll find out here.

It’s OK to miss the best days

So you can ignore that misleading nonsense

Lies, damned lies and Statistics. Disraeli. lies. Paul Claireaux

It’s OK to miss the best days

So you can ignore that misleading nonsense

If you follow the money pages of any newspaper, you cannot have missed the ‘missing the best days’ story. But what they won’t tell you is that this story is … well… complete and utter nonsense. So, let’s expose it for the grossly misleading rubbish that it is – before you base any of your investment decisions…

What stormy weather can teach us about stock markets

And why we cannot control either of them

What stormy weather can teach us about stock markets

And why we cannot control either of them

We regularly have stormy weather around the UK: Strong winds, flash floods, thunder, lightning and occasionally hailstorms strong enough to set off the alarms on cars. Believe it or not, thunderstorms can teach us a lot about economies, stock-markets and house prices too!

Seven ways to achieve more

Without working yourself into the ground

7 ways to achieve more. Paul Claireaux

Seven ways to achieve more

Without working yourself into the ground

I guess many of us want to achieve more of our biggest life goals, but the truth is that most goals are never achieved, and most New Year’s resolutions fail too! So, let’s look at why that might be, and explore how you could achieve more of yours.

Why you need to beware of goal obsession

and how it could literally kill you

Aircraft into storm

Why you need to beware of goal obsession

and how it could literally kill you

If you’re planning to travel by aeroplane again (at some time in the future!) you’ll be pleased to know that pilots are trained to avoid goal obsession. In this short Insight, I want to explore why you need to avoid goal obsession too – and why you need to be extra ‘wary’ of those around……

Do you need to set goals?

or are you better off without them?

Goals do you need them

Do you need to set goals?

or are you better off without them?

Whether it’s on New Year’s eve, or any other day of the year, not everyone likes to set goals – and they’re not always necessary either! So, let’s take a balanced look at the pros and cons of having goals.

Five reasons why we procrastinate

and how we can get ourselves unstuck

Voltaire. Perfect Enemy of Good. Paul Claireaux

Five reasons why we procrastinate

and how we can get ourselves unstuck

I’ve been meaning to write this Insight, on why we procrastinate, for some time. Sorry about that, but I couldn’t resist! Joking aside, we will look at the five reasons why, according to a world-leading (mental health) Doctor, we so often delay on our most important work, but first let’s explore a linked idea on…

How to overcome fear

without trying to avoid it

Fear of freefall

How to overcome fear

without trying to avoid it

If you google ‘How to overcome fear?’ you’ll find c. 250 million results… and that’s quite a lot of stuff to read 😉 What’s interesting though, is that there are three times as many Google results (750 million) on the question of ‘How to avoid fear?’ So, when you get fearful about certain matters, as…

The myth of stability and certainty

And the truth about various economic schools of thought

Minsky. Stability to Instability. Paul Claireaux

The myth of stability and certainty

And the truth about various economic schools of thought

Whatever your interest (or leaning) in politics, and unless you’re very young, you surely can’t have missed Theresa May’s promise of stability and certainty in the run up to the messy 2017 UK election.