Black cats, departing fund managers & retiring rich

Black cats, departing fund managers & retiring richDo you feel lucky?

It’s Friday 13th, apparently one of the cheapest days to fly, with the British public avoiding domestic air travel due to their superstitions.

We explored superstitions on the blog earlier this week, with Martin concluding that those who hold superstitious beliefs could do worse in terms of their personal finances, due to their ‘locus of control’. What do you think?

The pension changes introduced in April mean that more couples and families need financial advice. Shelley explained why in this new post.

New data from the ONS painted a reasonably positive picture about the state of our financial health, but people still rely too much on property to fund their retirement. Nick writes about the ONS Wealth and Assets Survey here.

In the podcast this week, Martin talks about what to do when a fund manager leaves, inspired by the pending departure of Angus Tulloch from two of his funds at Stewart Investors.

This week we welcomed Chris Hand to the Informed Choice team. Chris is our new Paraplanner, taking over from Shelley when she becomes a Financial Planner.

On Wednesday evening we were treated to an exceptional performance by Costanza Principe at the Cranleigh Arts Centre.

This was the second in a new season of classical recitals we are pleased to sponsor at Informed Choice. The next one is at 1pm on Wednesday 2nd December, featuring a Cello recital by Leander Kippenberg.

Leander performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Germany, Switzerland and the UK in renowned concert halls such as the Tonhalle Zürich, the Sendesaal Bremen, the Glocke in Bremen, St. John Smith Square in London and the Barbican Hall. He is currently studying at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama in London together with Prof. Louise Hopkins.

Do join us for this recital if you can.

Want to know how to retire rich? Martin was featured in The Times last weekend, commenting on the investment strategies younger people need to follow to achieve this goal.

Martin was also invited to comment for FE Trustnet on why advisers are shunning alternative investment funds.

There was a column by Nick in Money Marketing this week, challenging the Financial Ombudsman Service on the level of qualifications and relevant experience of their people.

As we approach the weekend, we hope you avoid broken mirrors and black cats on this day in the calendar considered by some to be less than auspicious.

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