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Financial Autonomy - COVID19 + Money. Need to knows – Episode 141

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April 15, 2020

COVID19 + Money. Need to knows – Episode 141

Not as polished as our normal blog posts but this podcast transcript might provide so important information to help you through the current challenges: Welcome back to another Financial Autonomy episode. My name is Paul Benson. Coming to you live from my home office, like a good proportion of you guys no doubt. Today’s episode, … Continued

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April 1, 2020

Learnings from our recent Community Survey – Episode 139

Today’s episode is a bit different. I don’t have a script and I don’t have a guest. I recently ran a community survey to everyone that gets the Gaining Choice email. In this podcast I want to share with you what we learned and some of the ways this information will be used to shape … Continued

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January 29, 2020

Investment Market Outlook for 2020 – Episode 130

2019 was a bumper year for investors, so can we expect more of the same in 2020? Or is a pullback inevitable? I receive reports almost daily from fund managers and financial institutions. In the last few weeks they’ve tended to focus on the current state of the global economy and what that means for … Continued

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December 5, 2019

The Financial Autonomy Journey

I put this diagram together yesterday to explain the central framework that we are working to here at Financial Autonomy. Anyone who successfully achieves Financial Autonomy will employ at least one, and usually two or three of these approaches. The self-employment route spotlights the difference between Financial Independence and Financial Autonomy.  Financial Autonomy success is … Continued

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Property

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Self-Employment & Side Hustles

November 13, 2019

Re-thinking the traditional retirement – Episode 119

I read a great quote on the weekend attributed to Princess Elizabeth Charlotte of France in the 18th century. She was asked when sexual desire ended and she responded “How would I know, I’m only 80.” Between 1870 and 1970 our lifesplans more than doubled globally. For the thousands of years of human history prior … Continued

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October 23, 2019

Living in a world where money is free – Episode 116

 February 12, 1999. That was the date something never before seen, happened. The Central Bank of Japan, battling persistent recession, cut official interest rates to zero. At the time other central bankers around the world criticised the move. Savers must be rewarded for savings. Borrowers must have to pay something to borrow. Without these … Continued

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October 16, 2019

FIRE is stupid – here’s some better alternatives

You’ve probably stumbled across the FIRE acronym before – it stands for Financial Independence Retire Early. It came out of the US and has spawned countless books, podcasts, conferences, and even a movie. Reddit has huge discussion threads devoted to the idea, with the primary thrust seeming to be how young you can achieve early … Continued

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Self-Employment & Side Hustles

September 18, 2019

Episode 111 – Hyperinflation and the potential for Back to the Future

Welcome back to another episode in our financial history series. We started with Tulip Mania and the madness of crowds. Then we reviewed the Great Depression and how the lessons learnt continue to have impacts today. One thread of the Great Depression story was the Gold Standard, which we explored in episode 109. An understanding … Continued

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September 4, 2019

The Gold Standard – What was it and what does it have to do with Crypto currencies? – Episode 109

Welcome back to the third episode in our financial history series. Last episode we looked at the Great Depression and why it still matters today. Before that we visited Amsterdam in the 1630’s to learn about Tulip Mania. Today we’re going to be exploring the Gold Standard, something that cropped up during the Great Depression … Continued

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August 28, 2019

The Great Depression – why the lessons learnt are more relevant than ever – Episode 108

Today we’re continuing to explore significant moments in financial history. In particular I’m aiming to arm you with a basic understanding of what the event was all about, and then importantly, why it’s of relevance today. Last week we looked at Tulip Mania in the Netherlands in the 1600’s. Today we skip forward several centuries … Continued

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August 21, 2019

Tulip Mania – What was it and why does it matter today? – Episode 107

You know how sometimes in the media or perhaps in a social setting, a self-declared expert will make reference to some historical event that they know full well most of us know little about, but they say it in such a way as to imply you’d be an imbecile if you weren’t aware of this … Continued

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August 14, 2019

From spinning your wheels to moving ahead with purpose – Episode 106

It’s so easy to just float along. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it is not just a good approach to raising toddlers, it can be a whole of life game plan. But there will come a day when you’re sick of going sideways. When rinse and repeat just won’t cut it anymore. Whether it … Continued

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