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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

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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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Self-Employment & Side Hustles

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

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February 16, 2021

The Pro’s and Con’s of Self-Employment in Australia

Shifting to self-employment can be a great way to gain choice. But it’s not without its risks and drawbacks. In this post we explore both the positives and the negatives to help you decide whether self-employment might be the way forward for you. Beyond the contents of this post, we have several other tools that … Continued

Self-Employment & Side Hustles

February 16, 2021

Short Selling – everything you need to know

Recently a very small stock in the US made headlines in the investment community. Gamestop, a bricks and mortar retailer in the US, selling games and accessories for The PlayStation and Xbox. Very similar to EB Games here in Australia. The combination of COVID restricting shopping into stores, combined with the trend of the manufacturers … Continued

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January 27, 2021

Is there any reason to still buy LIC’s?

In this post we’re going to take a look at Listed Investment Companies, LIC’s. They’ve been around a long time on the stock market, and given the advancements made, especially in the Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) space, it’s worthwhile to question whether LIC’s still have a reason to exist. Should we as investors have them … Continued

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December 23, 2020

The new couples dilemma – joint everything, or keep your finances separate?

If you’re in a relationship that’s been going for a little while, how do you manage your finances as a couple? Do you and your partner’s wages all go into a single joint account that you both then spend out of? Or do you keep your money separate, each paying for your own expenses and … Continued

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December 12, 2020

How to Start a Side Hustle in Australia

I’ve interviewed numerous Side Hustlers over the past 3 years, including Side Hustle guru Nick Loper from the Side Hustle Show, and have conducted my own fair share of entrepreneurial experiments. The time has come therefore to provide the definitive guide to starting a Side Hustle in Australia. A Side Hustle could be the way you earn some extra dollars to pay for an overseas trip. Perhaps it accelerates the repayment of your mortgage. Your ambitions might be grander, with the Side Hustle being your entrée into becoming your own boss and pursuing self-employment or a major career change. Side Hustles can certainly provide choice, and of course that’s what we’re all about here at Financial Autonomy. So how can you get started with your Side Hustle here in Australia?

Self-Employment & Side Hustles

December 1, 2020

Are these Side Hustle obstacles holding you back?

A Side Hustle can be a hugely significant stepping stone in you gaining financial freedom and choice. They’re a fantastic way to develop new skills and broaden your network, both of which help enormously in your income generating resiliency. And of course, they can have a financial payoff as well. But like most things in … Continued

Self-Employment & Side Hustles

November 10, 2020

Why has ESG investing shone in 2020?

It is estimated that globally there is now $31trillion invested under ESG mandates. ESG stands for Environmental, Social, and Governance. That means people have entrusted their savings to a fund manager who has specifically undertaken to incorporate ESG factors when building their portfolios. ESG investing is sometimes also called sustainable or ethical investing. The Responsible … Continued

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October 29, 2020

Is it time to gear into shares?

When investing in property, it’s largely a given that you will be borrowing as a core element of the transaction. Indeed often you are borrowing the entire purchase costs. Borrowing to buy shares however, is often approached with trepidation, despite the many advantages shares offer around ease of altering the transaction size, diversification, and speed … Continued

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