Well they say the first step is always the hardest. If you’re reading this, congratulations! You are probably thinking it’s about time you got around to organising your personal or family finances, but where to start? There’s so much information available these days that it’s easy to get bogged down in detail and never do anything. Well hopefully this blog can help.

First off some disclosure: I’m a U.K. qualified financial planner and have been working as a financial adviser in Japan for over 12 years. During that time I have met hundreds of people from different backgrounds, countries, and walks of life, all wrestling with one or more of these basic issues: saving money for retirement and their kids, protecting themselves from financial mishaps, buying a home, caring for aging parents, dealing with the taxman, and trying to become financially free.

The purpose of this blog is not to sell you a product to plug one of these needs. The way people access financial products and advice is changing rapidly and there has never been a better time to take control of your own financial destiny. The mission here is to provide a resource to help you to do just that. Like financial planning itself, this blog is a marathon and not a sprint. Over time we will cover financial planning basics, how different assets work, protection, investment vehicles in Japan and elsewhere, along with market news and the odd non-financial article on life in Asia.

Constructive comments are welcome and please feel free to share anything you find useful. Yorishiku onegaishimasu!

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