ICP028 – Experiences make you happier than material possessions

ICP028 - Experiences make you happier than material possessionsThis week in episode 28 of the Informed Choice Podcast, Martin talks about a return to inflation in the UK, US interest rate expectations and why experiences make you happier than possessions.

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Martin answers a listener question about taking tax-free cash from a pension pot without having to draw a taxable income.

He explains how the Informed Choice Podcast is going to be reformatted slightly over the summer, with the usual weekly episodes continuing to be published every Friday morning, and occasional bonus episodes featuring interviews on a Wednesday.

Inflation turned positive in the UK this week, after the first bout of deflation since 1960 last month. Can we expect more deflation later this year?

The US Federal Reserve kept interest rates on hold in June, but also slashed their economic forecast for the year. What does this mean for investment markets?

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has made permanent their temporary ban on the sale of these complex investments to retail investors. Do you know about CoCos?

Martin is unlikely to ever become a minimalist, but buying things to facilitate experiences make us happier than owning material possessions. Is this why he’s bought a new kayak?

Here are links to everything covered in episode 28 of the Informed Choice Podcast:

Godalming Music in the Park

52 Financial Planners book

Stuffocation by James Wallman (book)

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (book)

Between (TV series)

Weekly Economics Podcast

Money Marketing Financial Services Awards 2015

Andrew’s blog post on maintaining perspective after his bike crash

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