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Cotter On Investing: Taking the bull out of the markets: practical advice and tips from an experienced investor by John Cotter

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Chapter 1: Why Buy Shares?

Your financial future

I don’t think that being financially self-sufficient is just a preferred option anymore, I believe it is essential. Gone are the days when Mr Average would work 40 years of his life for one company and retire with a pension equal to two-thirds of his final salary. The prospects for the state pension are equally dismal. Not only will the amount payable come under immense pressure, but the existing plans to defer the qualifying date to 66 from 65 will only be the start of a slippery slope.

The institutions that used to look after us can no longer be relied on to do so; whether this is your employer, the government or the NHS. For Mr and Mrs Average, who have aspirations of a quality life both ...

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