Smart Money - November 2023

6th November 2023

Smart Money - November 2023

In this issue, as you sail into your 50s, it becomes pivotal to consider your financial strategy. Life has likely found a steady rhythm by now. Children have probably taken flight, becoming financially self-sufficient, and the idea of reducing work hours or even retiring completely starts to surface. Each person's life journey is unique and has different resources and challenges. However, there are shared goals and steps that one can take during this stage. On page 07, we consider how knowing where to begin can be daunting, whether you aim to maximise your earnings or lay down a robust financial plan.

In the investing world, the allure of quick profits and instant gratification often tempts some investors to employ a 'market timing' strategy. This method involves making decisions about buying or selling financial instruments based on predictions of future market price movements. Market timing is an active investment strategy aiming to beat the traditional buy-and-hold strategy. It involves moving in and out of the market or switching between asset classes based on predictive methods such as technical indicators or economic data. Read the full article on page 08.

The mantra 'Cash is king' has echoed through the investment world for years. Cash forms the backbone of our society. As long as money spins the globe, many will uphold cash as the reigning monarch. However, this crown has been slipping as of late. The culprit? Rampant inflation, rapidly eroding the purchasing power of cash. Even the most competitive rates on the high street typically lag behind inflation. On page 12, we raise a question – is it wise to lock into a rate that incurs losses in real terms merely to avoid the short-term volatility of financial markets?

As we approach the end of the year, taxpayers should begin assessing their tax obligations. This is not a task to be left to the eleventh hour, especially considering tax changes coming into effect in 2024. This is also particularly true for 2023, a year already marked by several tax changes that impact higher rate taxpayers. By understanding your tax obligations early on, you could avoid unwelcome surprises. On page 03, we consider how understanding these tax changes allows you to plan and strategise effectively to meet your tax obligations without unnecessary stress or last-minute surprises.

A complete list of the articles featured in this issue appears on page 03.

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