The Annual Spending Plan

The Annual Spending Plan

As we prepare for the end of the tax year in a few weeks’ time, we are also preparing your annual spending plans. On Wednesday clients should have received a new copy for you to update us with your plans for the year ahead.

If you would like to simply update your details from last year, we can provide a copy, which we will send to you securely. We are now using the Citrix ShareFile system which is encrypted and doesn’t require you to use a password. You can also return documents to us that way too (which makes life a little easier if you can save pdfs or create them). Alternatively we could send you an excel version of the same information. Just let us know.

A plan is not an account

We are all aware that despite the official figures showing inflation of roughly “nada”. Most of us need to keep an eye on where our money is going. Your financial plan is based upon your lifestyle. There are a couple of obvious sources of information about your lifestyle, things that tend to be more accurate than our own memory – your bank account and your diary. These tell us how we spend our time and money.

So whatever life stage you are at, it’s time to review your spending plan. Note that this is a plan, not an account.

The big-ticket item… in your plan?

I don’t follow American football, but I did see an “interview” with a Bronco’s fan at the Superbowl last weekend. He was asked how much he spent… he replied “Twenty-one”… then when asked how much on the whole trip, he said,

“thirty thousand – I spent twenty-one thousand on four tickets, but with the tailgate package it was thirty thousand…. Don’t tell my wife”.

I’m guessing that by now she has seen the video on NBC…. Well at least the Broncos won…. I’m not entirely sure that the interviewee knows the difference between hundreds and thousands though (a problem in financial planning and life generally!). When I looked up the price of a ticket the tailgate package is considerably less, so either he paid a fortune to a ticket tout or missed the day they did hundred, tens and units…

Dominic Thomas
Solomons IFA

You can read more articles about Pensions, Wealth Management, Retirement, Investments, Financial Planning and Estate Planning on my blog which gets updated every week. If you would like to talk to me about your personal wealth planning and how we can make you stay wealthier for longer then please get in touch by calling 08000 736 273 or email

The Annual Spending Plan2023-12-01T12:19:25+00:00

Coldplay – Just The Ticket or The Just Ticket?

1999: Just The Ticket – Wenk
For those that like attending gigs (I loathe that word for some reason).. anyway “music events”, you will appreciate the bizarre way that the ticket market operates. The ticket price may be £20-£150 but there is invariably a handling/postage fee which makes the ticket agency a fair profit I suspect. Anyway, apart from this gripe, I am also increasingly annoyed by the way that “events” are promoted. For example, Coldplay (Britain’s biggest band at the moment and one that I have liked for many years and seen them live on numerous occasions) have a new album “Mylo Xyloto” and are beginning a world tour. Tickets are sold out within minutes of being released online, jamming up various Internet servers. In theory you can only buy 4 tickets at a time for most bands. Yet no sooner is the panic over as you purchase the last remaining tickets, than a new date is announced – the following day.
Now I’m fairly sure that venues probably need a little more notice than what appears to be an impulsive reaction to the huge demand for tickets. It smacks of a con and must surely be market manipulation. I’m not citing Coldplay as unique in this, they all do it – and frankly it probably has almost nothing to do with the bands and everything to do with the promoters.
To make matters worse, ticket agencies seem to be allocated loads of tickets and then sell these on at a premium, even when an event is sold out, clearly it isn’t ever sold out. Turning up to the actual event also reveals a considerable number of “empty seats” – whoever the band is.
Within the financial services industry regulation makes market fixing illegal. Prices are meant to represent the real metrics of supply and demand.
Coldplay tickets can be found at their own site, but it will redirect you to Ticketmaster – so if you would like a little more choice, here are just a few of those of the first page of google.
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Coldplay – Just The Ticket or The Just Ticket?2023-12-01T12:48:39+00:00
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