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August 5, 2020

Axelrod, Gekko and Martha Stewart – let’s talk Insider Trading

What is insider trading, why is it a crime, and why does Hollywood seem to love it so much? Millions of words are written on current issues. As a producer of contemporary content myself, it’s easy to fall into the trap of assuming the reader or listener has had an interest in financial markets and … Continued

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July 22, 2020

Why Modern Monetary Theory is suddenly the cool kid (and why you should care)

 I started writing this piece for inclusion in Gaining CHOICE, our weekly email. But as I read more and more the piece became longer and longer until it was clear the idea of Jobs Guarantees and Modern Monetary Theory warranted a post all of their own. Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) sounds dry, I know, … Continued

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April 29, 2020

7 tips for buying shares in volatile markets

Volatility and share investing go together like honey and crumpets. As a share investor, how can you use volatility to your advantage? And how can you ensure volatility doesn’t derail your strategy to build wealth and gain choice in life? I’ve invested through the GFC, the Asian Currency Crisis, September 11, the Japanese tsunami, Brexit, … Continued

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April 17, 2020

How to get Started Investing in Shares in Australia (2020)

Those who have never owned shares before will be surprised at how easy it is to get started. Very simply the process is: Open an account with a broker Research what you want to buy Log into your broking account and place your order 3 days later, you’re a share investor In contrast to property, … Continued

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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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Saving Strategy

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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Property

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Self-Employment & Side Hustles

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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Superannuation

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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Saving Strategy

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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