Rainy Day Investing

Rainy Day Investing

By Jim Parker – Guest Contributor

rainy day copyAustralia, earth’s driest continent, experienced national rainfall in 2017 that was 8 per cent above the historical average. The year was the 30th wettest on record, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.1 But the story is more complicated than that.

While rainfall on a national basis was much higher than normal, the downfalls were concentrated in the west of the country. In much … more

Sailing with the Tides

By Jim Parker – Guest Contributor

Embarking on a financial plan is like sailing around the world. The voyage won’t always go to plan and there’ll be rough seas, but those who are prepared, flexible, patient and well-advised greatly increase the odds of reaching their destinations.

A mistake many inexperienced sailors make is not having a plan at all. They embark without a clear sense of their destination. And once … more

Top 10 New Year Headlines

By Jim Parker – Guest Contributor

What will 2017 hold? Our natural curiosity about the future makes a ready-made market for speculative media articles about events likely to drive financial markets in the coming year. But the assumption driving much of this seasonal coverage is that the mere turn in the calendar from one year to the next justifies overhauling your investment portfolio, generating significant turnover and unnecessary cost.

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Against … more

Sticking with it

By Jim Parker – Guest Contributor

It’s often said that the secret of success in any endeavour is “stickability”, your capacity for staying committed to a goal. But success also depends on having goals you can stick with. Managing that tension is what an adviser does. … more

Pokémon Investing

By Jim Parker – Guest Contributor

Have you noticed the surge recently in people wandering aimlessly and staring at their smartphones? Chances are they’re playing Pokémon GO, the latest craze. It’s an activity eerily close to how some folk see investing. … more

Do you Believe in Magic?

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By David Andrew

Since the global financial crisis, many investors have been drawn to promises of high return and low risk. After all, that sounds like a magic combination. But as with all magic tricks, it pays to be sceptical.more

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