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Car Parking, Superannuation and Advice Fees

Our #2 Daughter, the family’s leading actress, recently flew off to find work hopefully in Netflix’s expanding presence in Vancouver, BC. Going for a couple of years, or longer based upon future stardom, the family wanted to hang around until her final few steps with...

How about we regulate the price of financial advice?

Paying for financial advice is like paying for electricity. Really? Yes, according to Alan Kohler, Editor-In-Chief at InvestSmart.com.au. Alan knows a thing or two about investing. His web page offers lots of investment options with a who’s who of experienced people...

Setting Better Standards

President Trump resets standards tweet by tweet. Telling four Democratic congresswomen to ‘go back’ to where they came sets new expectations of how the world’s most powerful office deals with a contrary opinion. Last week, new standards of governance were recommended...

The Big Short II, III, IV etc…

“At the end of the day, average people are going to be the ones; they are going to have to pay for all of this. Because they always, always do” ~ Mark Baum, played by Steve Carell in THE BIG SHORT.   We still don’t get it. Did you see or read The Big Short? Great...

The Advisers Netflix Moment

My eldest daughter loved her first job. It was in our local video store during her last years at high school. Way back, she was always the one we had to drag out of the place by the collar of her Wiggles dressing gown every family video night. Her joy working there...

What to learn about our financial lives from the pre-election polls

Another election, another upset, another realisation. The realisation is that the pre-election polls distracted everyone from what quiet Australians were thinking. They were out of touch and a significant distraction. So be careful when you hear the first promises the...

Over-priced plans

I love flying. Always getting distracted by overhead planes, I’m regularly tuning into flight radar to check out stuff. Obtained my fixed and rotary wing license thirty years ago and would have the world aeronautical charts up on my walls if the family let me. The...

Value before Price

Is now the time to join the crowd shifting to industry funds? It depends on the value being sought. Value means different things to different people. Whether buying your morning coffee or another pigeon to your flock, we all value things differently. In many ways, the...

What I learned about financial advice from Kodak

Remember how we used to buy memories? We’d buy some film for our camera. While we don’t buy film anymore, we still value memories. In fact, we value and share memories more than ever – about 300 million photos uploaded every day. That growth wasn’t anticipated,...

What’s conflicted advice?

The Chinese-based Huawei Group seems to be conflicted. Despite being recognised as a world-leader in forth-coming 5G telecom technology, western countries are reticent to trust them to advise, build, and maintain their future data highways. Similarly, Robert Muller’s...

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