Financial planning in the best and worst of times

This column is by Bill Blevins of Blevins Franks financial advice group. He has decades of experience advising expatriates in France and co-authored the Blevins Franks Guide to Living in France

It is fair to say these are unusual times. If we went back a year, I don’t think anyone would have predicted the state of disorder that people, governments, businesses and markets find themselves in today.

Brexit was expected. Coronavirus wasn’t.

But that’s how life goes. You need to be able to plan for what you know, while trying to protect yourself as best you can from life’s surprises.

If, as they say, the only certainties in life are death and taxes, it seems fortunate that you can prepare for both.

Conversely, when it comes to your finances, one thing we can never be sure of is how investments will perform.

So, if you are living in France, what can you do to try to “future-proof” your finances?

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