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Newsletter February 2017: If I were a rich man…

By 9th February 2017Newsletters

We tend to assume that wealth is accumulated over time, often growing fastest in the later working years. Yet, in a broader sense, we are all born with wealth in the form of human capital, which represents the value of the earning potential that we have over our working lifetime. As younger people have a long time to go before they will need the money, the advice they receive is often that excess earnings should be invested predominantly in equities. A subtler approach takes into account the attributes of each person’s human capital which ranges from bond-like to equity-like in nature. How assets are invested should, ideally, take this into account. Cash-flow modelling can help those in the accumulation phase of investing to understand the financial impact of changes to their human capital. Owning sufficient life cover to protect the outstanding human capital should be an important part of the discussion.

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Tim Hale

About Tim Hale

Tim Hale is the CEO of Albion, a strategic consulting firm that works with many of the best wealth advisory firms across the UK. Tim’s book, Smarter Investing: Simpler Decisions for Better Results, has been described as a ‘must read’ by Mark R Richardson, former CEO of Chase Asset Management. Tim graduated from the University of Oxford and is a regular speaker at leading conferences across the UK.

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