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Informed Choice Radio - personal finance peace of mind with Martin Bamford

Jul 30, 2018

How does money figure into a happy life?

In his new book The Geometry of Wealth, behavioral finance expert Dr Brian Portnoy delivers an inspired answer to this important question. He builds on the critical distinction between being rich and being wealthy.

While being rich can be described as an unsatisfying...


Jul 27, 2018

In this episode, I’m looking at the a new Treasury Committee report about household finances.

We’ve got high levels of debt and low levels of savings; and the government think they can do more to help us. And if you believe that, you’ll believe anything!

There’s also a roundup of the latest personal finance news...


Jul 23, 2018

For almost 50 years the simplest investment solution was often the best.

A balanced portfolio of stocks and bonds provided most investors with a comfortable retirement. Unfortunately, this approach is now unlikely to work.

Retirement is longer, private company pensions are a thing of the past and interest rates are at...


Jul 20, 2018

In this episode I'm talking about resolving problems with your financial adviser or financial planner.

My inspiration for this episode came from two places.

Firstly, a Sky News article with the title Ex-GP hired hitman on dark web to kill financial adviser after losing £300k, court hears.

Secondly, our annual...


Jul 16, 2018

Earlier this year, Melinda Gates wrote in an op-ed published in Quartz that she and her husband, Bill Gates, would be donating $170 million to empower women all around the world economically.

Gates later wrote that the research indicated that economic power was “the most promising entry point for gender equality.”...