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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

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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

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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 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

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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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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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October 29, 2020

Which Financial Independence pathway is right for you?

So you have a goal of achieving Financial Independence. Fantastic. Financial Independence provides the potential for enormous freedom in life. But how to get from where you are today, to your chosen nirvana? Of course you need clarity on your goals, and a robust cash flow plan to maximise your savings. But with those two … Continued

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