Yesterday, I had the pleasure of spending the day visiting several wineries in the Coonawarra Wine Region in South Australia. Safe to say that I do appreciate a glass of red wine, so taking the time whilst on family holiday to visit the Coonawarra was akin to a child in a candy store. That said, despite loving the experience of being immersed in some of Australia’s oldest wineries, what I was pleasantly surprised with was the pride and passion in which some of the wine makers discussed their history and the importance of being part of something greater than just themselves.
Last Thursday was RUOK day where we are encouraged to take a moment to ask those around us if in fact they are ok? The focus of the RUOK? movement is to specifically target suicide awareness and prevention and to support people in having open conversations about mental health.
A couple of weeks ago my blog focused on, when is a balanced investment fund, really balanced?!? One of the key aspects of the blog was the frustration I feel for investors who try and make an informed investment decision about where to invest their hard-earned cash. Furthermore, I have for a long-time been bewildered by the fact that there has been minimal noise about the discrepancies that exist in this space.
So, it’s tax time! The time of the year where we make that annual pilgrimage to see our Accountant, shoe box in hand, hoping that we might get a nice surprise and leave with a wheel barrow full of cash. If only it was that easy…… For some, tax time means parting with more of their hard earned and paying a tax bill whilst for others this is the best time of the year where we have a windfall for the household. Let’s not forget the retirees who are still grinning like a Cheshire cats counting their franking credits, now there is an example of the good guys winning.
Have you ever wondered what the term balanced investment means? So where do we begin? Let’s simply focus on one investment type, a balanced fund (be that investment or superannuation) because this is arguably the most common form of investment or at the very least the default option for the majority of superannuation funds.
Have you ever tried to understand your Electricity bill?!? I, like many, have tried and FAILED and simply put it in the “too hard basket” until I find time to complete that University Degree into how to read my electricity bill. Now, I am not one to give up, so I rolled up my sleeves and tackled this arduous task head on and have been pleasantly surprised at what I have uncovered.