“You’ve got to be on Twitter.”

“You’ve got to be on Instagram.”

“You’ve got to be on…”

We’ve all been there, a networking event (or something similar) and cornered by a self-styled social media ‘guru’ extolling the virtues of the latest, must-be-on, platform.

For the record, I’m a recent convert to Twitter and use LinkedIn frequently; but I wanted a more direct platform, that allowed me to develop an argument and wouldn’t restrict me to a mere 140 characters.

That meant I needed a blog and this is it, my first article.

My aim is for this blog to help simplify money and give you an advantage in how you plan your finances in the future – hence the name – ‘The Money Advantage’.

Rather than ‘just’ pick a topic that I’m planning to write about, I thought it only right that my first post serves as an introduction, allowing you to get to know me a little. What better place to start than to address one very fundamental question:

Why have I started this blog?

My key aim as a financial planner, and now a blogger, is to try to simplify money and personal finance.

Financial planning often has a way of becoming unnecessarily complex. However, at its core, it’s really very simple; to help motivated people achieve what they want from their lives.

I learnt about saving and investing at a young age. But, as I grew up, I realised that what most of us need to do is actually very simple; to understand what’s important and to spend our money on that! I truly believe everyone deserves an opportunity to get the most from their lives and your money is an essential part in that.

My core client base consists of City professionals looking to build their wealth or thinking about retirement. Over the years, I have encountered many of the issues that this group faces.

My aim is for people to take something away with them and I’ll do that by posting articles that are:

  • Useful
  • Relevant
  • Interesting

While some of you may like what I say enough to get in touch, especially if you believe I can help you solve a particular problem, I guarantee this blog will never:

  • Try to sell you something
  • Use jargon
  • Contain anything that’s not practical and useful

I’ll try to use the benefit of my experience to help get you thinking and improve your financial situation. If I’ve achieved that in any way, I’d love to hear about it. Equally, if you disagree with something that I say, or have any questions please ask.

What would you like to know?

If there is a particular topic that you would like me to write about, then please get in touch. This blog will talk about the challenges that I think are most relevant to City professionals, so if you’d like to read a post about a particular topic before I’ve gotten around to writing it, fill in the contact form here and I’ll do my best to move it up the list.

The next post I write will focus on things that could affect your personal finances when you change jobs; I hope you find it useful and engaging.

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