A Phased Approach to Emergency Funds

In my recent post on my approach to bonds and cash, I mentioned that I don’t have any dedicated emergency fund at all. I know this flies in the face of conventional personal finance wisdom, but I think I’ve got a pretty sound justification. My personal approach is not quite so aggressive as somebody likeContinue reading “A Phased Approach to Emergency Funds”

My Approach to Bonds (and Cash)

I wrote about my overall asset allocation a while back (Part 1 & Part 2), but have been doing a fair amount of thinking late regarding the bond part, particularly in light of some more substantial cash savings from our remortgage that are eventually planned for home improvements/extensions, but with no clear timeline (at leastContinue reading “My Approach to Bonds (and Cash)”

S&S ISA Experiment – September 2021

I haven’t provided an update on my S&S ISA experiment since the May 2021 update, but 3 months on I think there might be a few interesting things to note. Very quick reminder – because of the challenges in holding index funds outside of a “pension” for Americans abroad, I’m trying a “pseudo-indexing” approach inContinue reading “S&S ISA Experiment – September 2021”

Never Pay US or UK Taxes Again

This is Part 2 of our Retirement Withdrawal Strategies series. Part 1 is here. Or at least, get pretty close to paying nothing – might be hard to completely escape the tax man when you have to work in two systems at once! For a sample £900,000 portfolio at retirement, the difference between a goodContinue reading “Never Pay US or UK Taxes Again”

US 529 College Savings Account (Bad Account Options)

Bad might sound dramatic, but this one is a bit of a conundrum – I really don’t see any positives, but plenty of headaches. Short answer – if you’re in the UK or thinking of moving sometime and you don’t already have a 529 for your kids, don’t open one. If you’ve already got one,Continue reading “US 529 College Savings Account (Bad Account Options)”