Lessons from Japan

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I love travelling overseas! It’s awesome to be able to experience other cultures and see the way other people live. Take my recent trip to Japan and Korea. Aside from the fascinating history, incredible food and gorgeous scenery, I was really intrigued by the Japanese people. It never ceases to amaze me how different people can be, depending on where they grew up ...

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Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans

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“Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.”

You’ve probably heard this John Lennon quote before. But have you ever noticed how true it really is? You could have your ideal milestones all mapped out, from your first career steps to the age you think you’ll be ready to get married and have kids, right through to when you’d like ...

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Don’t underestimate the value of a second income

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I was chatting with a friend over dinner the other night and she was talking about how she had dropped back from full-time to part-time work so she could pursue her goal of opening an online kid’s clothing store. She is still bringing in an income (and hopes to eventually leave her part-time job and just work on the store), but ...

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New year, new team!

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As you would have seen in my end of year update, Monarch has expanded! I’m so excited to welcome Brett Puxty and Francis Coggan to the team, as well as announce that Aleksandra is stepping into an even bigger role. Why the expansion? It ultimately comes back to why I started Monarch Advisory Group in the very beginning, which was to ...

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What gift are you going to give yourself this Christmas?

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Have you ever stopped to think about just how stressful Christmas can be? In theory, it’s supposed to be the time of year when we’re all winding down, taking time-off, travelling and celebrating with friends and family.

But in reality, Christmas also brings a fair amount of stress. So instead of financial advice, I thought I might use this blog to share ...

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No advisers, no surprises? No way!

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NO AdI saw an ad for insurance company NobleOak the other day which really made my blood boil. It’s the one where the guy says that with most life insurance you’re ‘being sold an illusion’. The ad claims that life insurance through NobleOak is 20% cheaper than if you buy through an adviser or direct with an insurer.

They highlight that they only offer ...

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Financial advice doesn’t stop when you’ve got your policy!

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facebook-Linked_Image___shutterstock_227878675If you’re working with a financial planner to help set up your life insurance, make sure they’re going to be there when they’re really needed – at claim time!

A referral partner recently asked me to help her client’s son who had sadly suffered a stroke. The son has insurance, so the client took on the job of lodging a claim on behalf of ...

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How will you celebrate your next anniversary?

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photo-nic-co-uk-nic-117915-unsplashFor those who’ve followed my blog for a while now, you’ll know that the Coulters have an anniversary coming up next month. Yup, September marks eight years of wedded bliss for Rob and I! Like most couples, anniversaries are something we celebrate, usually with a glass (or two) of wine from one of our favourite vineyards.

But there’s another important anniversary that needs to ...

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Life’s little surprises

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facebook-Linked_Image___ross-findon-303091-unsplashLast week I sat down with a couple to do a review of their insurances. It was a great meeting for a couple of reasons and I wanted to share the experience here…

I first started working with this couple a little over four years ago. Let’s call them Jack and Jill. Jack and Jill were newly married and wanted to get their life ...

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A true story and a powerful lesson

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facebook-Linked_Image___powerful lessonMost people understand the need for car insurance, home and contents insurance and probably even health insurance. But when it comes to life insurance, it’s more difficult to picture yourself actually needing cover. We just don’t want to think about something bad happening to us or to our loved ones!

Part of my job, as a financial adviser, is to help people understand ...

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