• Warren Buffett speaks on investing

    It’s easy to put successful investors, stock pickers or economic forecasters up on a pedestal if they seem to always get it right, but the reality is we all make decisions based on certain principles, and we do well if those principles lead us to favourable decisions more often than not.

    In this video, Warren Buffett shares some of the principles that have worked for him over the years, while also sharing where he’s gone wrong.

    Buffett’s money personality and style is characterised by his reference to the principles he likes to run by, such as focus on what your investing in more so than when you’re investing in it, learn from other people’s mistakes, look where you’re going as opposed to where you’ve been, and to focus more so on company-to-company related facts as opposed to macro-economic matters.

    While Buffett has demonstrated unquestionable investing expertise, and exposes plenty of sound principles, keep in mind that his approach and style doesn’t necessarily suit everyone.


     

  • The Crisis of Credit Visualized - Part 2

    This follows on from Part 1, The Short and Simple Story of the Credit Crisis.

    The goal is to give form to a complex situation like the credit crisis is to quickly supply the essence of the situation to those unfamiliar and uninitiated.

  • Warren Buffett speaks on investing

    It’s easy to put successful investors, stock pickers or economic forecasters up on a pedestal if they seem to always get it right, but the reality is we all make decisions based on certain principles, and we do well if those principles lead us to favourable decisions more often than not.

    In this video, Warren Buffett shares some of the principles that have worked for him over the years, while also sharing where he’s gone wrong.

    Buffett’s money personality and style is characterised by his reference to the principles he likes to run by, such as focus on what your investing in more so than when you’re investing in it, learn from other people’s mistakes, look where you’re going as opposed to where you’ve been, and to focus more so on company-to-company related facts as opposed to macro-economic matters.

    While Buffett has demonstrated unquestionable investing expertise, and exposes plenty of sound principles, keep in mind that his approach and style doesn’t necessarily suit everyone.


     

  • Transition to Retirement Animation

    There isn’t a one size fits all approach to successful retirement planning. In today’s lifestyle many people choose to ease into retirement and make adjustments to their work and lifestyle when they are ready.

    This video explores ways that a Transition to Retirement strategy can assist you to boost the value of your super prior to retiring, or replace lost wages if, instead of retiring, you want to ease into retirement by gradually cutting back the hours you work.

  • Ross Gittins on 2013 Federal Budget

    Labor's last budget before the 2013 election has little in the way of shocks or surprises, and sounds like a pre-electoral farewell says economics editor, Ross Gittins.

     
    Wayne Swan says the budget delivers a responsible plan to deliver jobs and growth. Click here to watch this video.
     
    Federal Budget includes little in the way of surprises with the usual promise of big savings and big spending, though not this election year. Sydney Morning Herald reports Click here to watch this video.
  • Couples Finances

    Couples and money, it can be a potential minefield. However, when couples are working together on their finances - it can be quite powerful.

    Emotions can play a big part. Each person has their strengths and areas to work on when it comes to money. Couples at times do not see eye to eye.

    There are important questions such as how much debt should be taken on, who will handle the money and how do you go about setting goals.

    Have a look at this life event for more ideas for couples and money.

    Should you bother planning money?

  • Saving You Money and Food Waste

    British consumers experience 'food blindness' when it comes to the amount we waste. New research reveals that 90% of UK consumers do not realise how much food they throw out each week. Our negligence equates to 6.7 million tonnes of wasted food being shipped off to landfill sites and over £8 billion of our hard earned cash being squandered on produce we never get round to eating each year.

    The figures released as part of WRAP's "Love Food Hate Waste" campaign, further highlight that a third of all food is being thrown away.

    The question is, why are we doing this to our planet and our pockets? The campaign hopes to be able to provide consumers with information on what simple steps can be taken to combat the problem, which has a significant environmental impact. Top celeb chefs include Paul Rankin, James Martin, Cyrus Todiwala and Jimmy Doherty (Jimmy's Farm) who are lending their support by offering their advice on top meals to cut back on food waste.

    Time to get on top of you spending? Crunch the numbers with the budget planner.

  • Global health and wealth

    There are two things we would like you to take away from this video.

    Firstly, over your life time you too will move through different stages of health and wealth. Understanding cycles of personal wealth creation is valuable and important knowledge to increase your confidence and peace as you move through your different financial lifecycles.

    Secondly, notice how the leading countries of 200 years ago are not necessarily the leading countries today. When investing, remember there is a case to consider the emerging countries to assist with portfolio management due to the return prospects of those less established countries and risk management by diversifying across countries of differing trade, economic and political structures.

  • 7 News - 2013 Federal Budget

    Wayne Swan says the budget delivers a responsible plan to deliver jobs and growth.
     
     
    Federal Budget includes little in the way of surprises with the usual promise of big savings and big spending, though not this election year. Sydney Morning Herald reports Click here to watch this video.
     
    Labor's last budget before the 2013 election has little in the way of shocks or surprises, and sounds like a pre-electoral farewell says economics editor, Ross Gittins. Click here to watch this video.
  • Numbers

    Numbers are the essence of all things, Pythagoras 570-495 BC. Your Day in 140 seconds. This is an interesting video on just how much we use numbers and their importance.

  • Exploring the basics of managed funds

    managed fund is simply a pooled investment vehicle, which means a number of investors have contributed money to the fund.

    An investment manager then invests the combined funds on behalf of the unit holders. Managed funds offer benefits such as diversification of investor’s funds.

    This video explains the structure of managed funds as well as the main advantages and disadvantages of using a managed fund to invest.

  • Sydney Morning Herald - 2013 Federal Budget

    Federal Budget includes little in the way of surprises with the usual promise of big savings and big spending, though not this election year.

    Read The 2013 Federal Budget Summary

    Wayne Swan says the budget delivers a responsible plan to deliver jobs and growth. Click here to watch this video.
     
    Labor's last budget before the 2013 election has little in the way of shocks or surprises, and sounds like a pre-electoral farewell says economics editor, Ross Gittins. Click here to watch this video.
  • Debt Management Animation

    The key to managing debt is planning and preparation!   Let’s face it, spending and borrowing money is easy, it’s the repaying of debt that can be difficult.  

    Being thoughtful of how much debt you take on and what you use debt to purchase is one of the most influential factors to making the most of the money you earn.

    This video highlights some basic strategies to help you manage your finances which debt management is one very important part. 

    Click here to go to the Debt Management Quiz or Debt Management Learning Module.

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  • How the Markets Work

    This is a short presentation on what financial markets are and how they work. All markets, whether it is a food market, property market or the stockmarket are driven by demand and supply. There are many factors which ultimately influence the markets.

    This video explores the sharemarket, currency markets and bond markets.

    Investment markets can be complex. The Investment Module provides more detail on investment types and characteristics.

    This article on Dollar Cost Averaging describes a simple strategy to combat the difficult question of what is the best time to invest.

  • The Crisis of Credit Visualized - Part 1

    The Short and Simple Story of the Credit Crisis. The goal is to give form to a complex situation like the credit crisis is to quickly supply the essence of the situation to those unfamiliar and uninitiated.

    See part 2 for continuation of the story.

  • Burning Money!

    In this somewhat corny video the scientist reveals the hidden factor within the fire that saves the handkerchief and the $100 note.

    Similarly we can add the hidden factor to our financial affairs to ensure we don’t burn our hard earned money.

    Here are some examples of hidden factors:

    - Using delayed gratification to keep debt levels in check;

    - Ensuring we have adequate insurance to call upon when in need;

    - Finding the appropriate balance between being too cautious or bullish in investing; and

    - Having a robust Estate Plan to provide protection and tax efficiency to family.

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