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July 13, 2021

Investment basics – Active vs Passive investment – what’s it about and, our approach

When I started my career in investment markets almost 20 years ago all the investment options were what we’d now call Active. We didn’t call them that at the time, it was just the standard way that money was managed. Passive investment had been around for some time, pushed primarily by John Boggle of Vanguard … Continued


July 7, 2021

The 10 Essentials Upon Reciving an Inheritance

The okay Boomer eye roll movement came out of frustration that Australia’s wealth is disproportionately distributed to those over 60, with the sharp rise in property prices being the primary culprit. But whilst we’re all living longer, science hasn’t yet found a way to grant us eternal lives, and so eventually that wealth will be … Continued


June 30, 2021

Why is the best strategy also the toughest to pull off?

Accumulating wealth to gain choice is hard. As the well worn saying goes, “if it was easy, everyone would be doing it”. Why is it so hard though? For over 200 episodes now, plus the weekly GainingCHOICE emails, we’ve explored various ways you can successfully accumulate wealth. Surely it’s a simple matter of just putting … Continued


June 23, 2021

Artificial + ESG = Best Friends

This weeks piece spawned out of an item in the Brain Food section of our regular GainingCHOICE email that you are hopefully receiving (if not, go here). Ethical, sustainable, or ESG investing, it’s known by many terms, but this approach has been one that’s been a focus and embedded into my financial planning business for … Continued


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June 9, 2021

What’s a Moat, and why do they matter when investing?

This week we’re going to explore the topic of moats. No this is not yet another weird acronym, though you do sometimes see it written all in upper case so if you’ve been confused by this you’re completely forgiven. The idea of a business moat is the same concept as a moat around a medieval … Continued


May 5, 2021

The most impactful tax deduction that is often overlooked

The end of the financial year is just a few weeks away. If you’ve had a successful year financially, perhaps you’re looking for ways to shave a little off your tax bill. We all know that paying taxes is important. It’s our contribution to a functioning society. But where rules and incentives exist that encourage … Continued

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April 14, 2021

Discovering the Satellite – What are the Satellites in a Core-Satellite strategy?

Here at Financial Autonomy we follow the framework set out in the Financial Autonomy book. One of the pathways in that framework is stocks and within that section I explore the Core-Satellite strategy in some detail. It’s a strategy we use a lot with clients. In this post we’re going to dig in a bit … Continued


April 7, 2021

5 Strategies to Maximise Income for Couples

Couples can have a distinct advantage when it comes to building wealth and achieving financial autonomy provided they maximise the opportunities available to them. Here at Financial Autonomy we work to a proven framework that results in you being able to gain choice. We explore that framework in detail in the Financial Autonomy book, which … Continued


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March 9, 2021

Financial Planning, coaching, and counselling – what’s the difference and when to use each

Financial planning, money coaching, and financial counselling. These are all terms you’ve probably seen or come across, but the difference between the three roles and when they are applicable is often not obvious. So in this week’s episode I’ll clarify what each of these roles do, and where perhaps they might be applicable in your … Continued


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March 5, 2021

Best Australian Email Newsletters

I’m a big lover of email newsletters. My morning routine goes like this. Over breakfast I scan through the AFR so I’m across what’s happening in the business world. Hey, not everyone’s cup of tea I know, but for my profession I need to know what’s going on. Once that’s ticked off, I slide over … Continued


March 3, 2021

The Age of Creators, NFT’s and Financial Autonomy

We are entering the Age of the Creator. The confluence of the internet, the tools it has produced, and blockchain technology, is delivering us from the Industrial Age to the Creator Age at speed. And for anyone interested in the idea of Financial Autonomy and gaining choice, that’s a wonderful thing. At the outset I … Continued


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February 16, 2021

Bitcoin – my experience as a first time investor in Australia

Early this year I bought $2,000 worth of Bitcoin. In this post I wanted to share with you my experience – why, I bought Bitcoin, how I bought Bitcoin, and what I learned through the process. Before we dive in, a quick reminder to subscribe to our weekly GainingCHOICE email if you’re not already receiving … Continued