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EOFY Investment Distributions Explained by Saul Muscardin

Have you ever opened your broker app, or your portfolio tracker and seen a significant unexplainable drop in the value of your investment? Did you have one of these reactions….?   Then did you go into a mad scramble googling the ticker code, checking Hot Copper, or trawling through Google news to find some explanation? If you were lucky, finally on Hot Copper or some other stock forum someone who’s been around investing a bit longer than you calmly says “Chill out there young fella – its just gone ex-dividend” (or ex distribution in the case of managed funds). Well…
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Stop Trying to Hit it out of the Park! by Saul Muscardin

In 2004, Michael Lewis wrote a fascinating book called Money Ball – which went on to become a major Hollywood movie starring Brad Pitt. The book tells the tale of Billy Bean, the manager of US Major League Baseball team the Oakland A’s and how he managed to take a team with one of the lowest budgets in the league to the play-offs – on multiple occasions! How did he do it? Well, conventional wisdom long held that big name, highly athletic hitters and young pitchers with rocket arms were the ticket to success… but without the financial firepower to…
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Self-Employed? Don’t Forget About Super!

I had a chat with a mate of mine this morning – a 30 y/o self-employed tradie. He works hard, he pays his mortgage, he has some investments, but during the call, he mentioned that he hadn’t contributed to his super for 3 years (since becoming self-employed). Me shortly after… After I managed to regain my composure I encouraged him to make provisions for super contributions so that he doesn’t fall behind his PAYG peers – who just magically get their super contributions quarterly. He thanked me for bringing it to his attention and that was that. After our call…
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Where Are You Getting Your Advice?

Where you get your financial advice makes an enormous difference to your outcomes. But unfortunately, many people confuse trust for expertise and don’t get the results they had hoped for (or were promised).   Think about it…   Where is your greatest source of trust?   Probably your family & closest friends right? They have your back no matter what, they always have your best interests in mind, and they would never lead you astray…. but are they financial experts?   For most people the answer is probably no – they’re doctors, or lawyers, or teachers, or nurses, or tradies – and…
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10 Profound Quotes for Wealth & Happiness in 2021

Every year around about this time people start preparing to make New Years Resolutions – 80% of which fail by the second week of February according to this FSU News article. Yet despite this overwhelming failure rate, we front up again next year with a new set of resolutions and a commitment to achieving them. Why do we continue this folly?   Well, It’s not too difficult to see why we make resolutions – Self-improvement is an admirable pursuit. It brings us a sense of accomplishment, pride, and the immense satisfaction of achievement. However, why we break resolutions is far more nuanced…   We make goals…

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