GFC Ten Years On – A Reflection on the Collapse of Lehman Brothers

GFC Ten Years On – A Reflection on the Collapse of Lehman Brothers

By David Andrew
Accredited Investment Fiduciary
David AndrewWe have just passed the anniversary of the scariest day of my financial career – the day Lehman Brothers collapsed.  While the GFC was well underway, it was the Lehman Collapse that shifted us from a garden variety downturn, to a truly momentous event that threatened the financial system itself.

In the lead up to 16 September 2008, we had already seen the collapse … more

Value vs Cost

By John Ryan

Everyone in Western Australia knows John Hughes. It is hard not to like a guy who built an empire from the ground up! From walking the Terrace in the 1970’s with briefcase in hand to convince the banks to lend him some money for his first car yard; to now having sold over 900,000 cars and still managing over 500 staff at age 82. Incredible!

In a … more

1987 Stock Market Crash – 30 Years On

By David Andrew

David Andrew

From time to time, share markets deliver a shock that few investors expect or know how to cope with. Most recently it was the global financial crisis, before that the tech wreck in 2000, and 30 years ago the ’87 stock market crash.

What made 1987 so memorable for me was that it was the year I started work in the financial services industry. No sooner had … more

Is there a Free Lunch to Investing?

By Michael Hayward

Michael Hayward

Yes! And to earn it you have to be deliberate with the implementation of your investment approach.

When we’re asked to review and provide a second opinion on someone’s existing investment portfolio, we quite often see a strategy that relies on owning a few individual equities or holding an actively managed fund which promotes being able to pick stocks and beat-the-market.

The problem with this is that … more

Top Tips for Staying Happy in Retirement

By Rakesh Shah

 Your financial situation is the one aspect of retirement you can work on before retiring!

Retirement can be an exciting and liberating phase of your life, but many new retirees are surprised at how difficult it can be to adjust. Ironically, it’s only when you step away from your career that you fully appreciate the underlying benefits of being in the workforce. Once the “honeymoon” phase of … more

Creating an Estate Plan

 

Why do you need an estate plan?

will and testament webYou might tell yourself “I have a will, so why do I need an estate plan?” A will is a useful document for your beneficiaries when you die, but an estate plan covers a great deal more than a will can encompass. A properly constructed estate plan can protect your interests while you are still alive, if you happen to be in … more

The Top 10 Money Excuses

By Jim Parker – Guest ContributorWhats Your Excuse

 

Human beings have an astounding facility for self-deception when it comes to their own money.

We tend to rationalise our own fears. So instead of just recognising how we feel and reflecting on the thoughts that creates, we cut out the middle man and construct the façade of a logical-sounding argument over a vague feeling.

These arguments are often elaborate short-term excuses that … more

Smart Investor | August 2017

Research, Trends, Topics and Asset Class Returns for Long-term Investors.

 The Power of Investment Discipline – A Case Study

 With the White House and Pyongyang ratcheting up their war-posturing rhetoric, it is inevitable that at some point, financial markets around the world will respond with a meaningful sell-off.

All experienced investors know that financial markets hate uncertainty, and as the uncertainty heightens, something will give. They also know the exact … more

The Challenges We Face

By David Andrew

David Andrew

“Life throws challenges and every challenge comes with rainbows and lights to conquer it.” Amit Ray

One of the biggest challenges we face today is the vast amount of financial information available to us. Every day we are bombarded with information from the press, social media and television. What’s more, much of it is conflicting! Chances are, you too find it difficult to make sense of your … more

Avoiding Bad Investment Products

By David Andrew

David Andrew

The message for this blog is simple – Life is too short to invest your hard earned money in awful investment products.

To have a successful financial plan there’s four things  all investors should look at: Purpose, Strategy, Investing and Legacy.  While all four components are important the investment piece underpins the whole plan, and a great plan with terrible investments, sadly won’t deliver.… more

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