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is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Secretary and has a Financial Planning Diploma. Using a long term approach to building businesses, investing in equities, & owning a portfolio he achieved financial independence at the age of 33. Visit his blog


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Casting my mind back to the year 2000, when I was working as an itinerant delivery driver in the areas around Sydney Airport, the general consensus back then was that Sydney would be ‘a bit of a nightmare’ over the coming months in the build-up to the Olympics. Without the need for much encouragement, I…

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The ABS released its population projections figures today, a series that always warrants a fair level of interest. The projections look at different scenarios for migration, fertility, and mortality, and project a range of scenarios from an Aussie population of 37½ million to almost 50 million by the year 2066. New South Wales remains the…

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Years ago when I lived in Darwin the vibe was all about investment. A new defence base here, a new mining tenement there. Those were heady days for the Northern Territory, with a labour shortage, booming wages and housing prices, and a new Prado on just about every second driveway. The big one was always…

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Why do people procrastinate when it comes to saving a deposit or investing in property? Intellectually, I suspect that most people know they should invest, but most people make very poor plans for their financial futures, if they even plan at all. Here are a few of the reasons why people delay investing: 1. Fear…

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Has a ‘perfect storm’ pushed mortgage stress to ‘epidemic’ levels, and, indeed, ‘record highs’? OK, breathe. Let’s take a look. Fortunately this one is an easy question to answer, because there’s a very simple de facto measure of mortgage stress, being late payments – or mortgage balances 30+ days in arrears. 30+ day prime arrears…