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Mark Underdown

Financial Planner, Small Acorn Money

How exactly did the Rothschilds get so rich?

This question and answer originally appeared at Quora. I have read a number of books by Niall Ferguson and they are always well researched, well written and very interesting. The Ascent of Money is excellent. I haven’t read his book on the House of Rothschilds but I...

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What do I do with 10k a month from my new business?

This question and answer originally appeared at Quora. The first priority with your cash flow is to ensure you have money set aside, both within the business and separately: In the business, think about likely needs for investing in your business over the next year or...

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How do student credit cards work? Are they safe to use?

This question and answer originally appeared at Quora. Avoid credit card at all costs - if that means getting extra work, spending less, late nights etc. on top of study you will be grateful in the long run. This answer first appeared here. Do you have your own...

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How can you bury money (cash) without it deteriorating?

This question and answer originally appeared at Quora. Convert it to Gold. This answer first appeared here. Do you have your own question about money? Come and join my FREE private Facebook community where I will help answer your money queries. I also answer questions...

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Is it the right time to buy house in london?

This question and answer originally appeared at Quora. I would personally stay clear of UK housing market - it is very highly priced and dependent upon a huge amount of debt in the system. Properties have gone up considerably for many years now, but don’t assume it...

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How do I achieve financial freedom

This question and answer originally appeared at Quora. Avoid debt like the plague. Spend less than you earn. Invest the difference in your own skills to earn more money. Save the extra money you earn. Invest that in either your own business ideas or other businesses...

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How do I budget/save money when thinking about a mortgage?

This question and answer originally appeared at Quora. I read recently that budgets don’t work - a little like how diets don’t work. In general budgeting may be helpful from a short-term perspective, but better to try and make a regular saving habit a lifestyle...

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Is having a savings account worth it?

This question and answer originally appeared at Quora. We all pretty much have to have a checking or current account nowadays, but a separate savings account is not always necessary - it depends on your behaviour. Some points are relevant: Savings account(s) can be...

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What are the best ways to start investing in the UK at 22?

This question and answer originally appeared at Quora. At 22, the best thing you can do is invest in yourself. It doesn’t have to be formal education, but could be softer skills, learning to build up a side income, maybe saving some cash to try out a business venture...

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How do you know when you can afford a car?

Firstly, if you are asking that question you can’t afford a new one. There are two things to consider. Do you have money to pay for it or reliable cash flow to service a loan? Whilst you may be able to afford to buy it, it still doesn’t mean you should. What else...

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