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What The Royal Commission Means For You

This column was supposed to be a rip-snorter. See, Monday — when the findings of the Hayne Royal Commission were released — was like Grand Final Day for me … I (almost) got more airplay than Kerri-Anne Kennerley. Not only was it the biggest news item of the week, it...

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My thoughts on The Royal Commission

Sir John Barnard was by all accounts a ripping bloke. He was one of the first officials to fearlessly take on the finance industry, and ask a simple question: “How do we stop these greedy finance bastards from ripping us off?” His answer was to pass investor protection laws, which...

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25 days of disappointment

Let me tell you about how, a few years ago, I created a family Christmas tradition … … which has caused me nothing but stress, and given my kids 25 days of disappointment. It began one day in Aldi, as disappointment often does. I had the choice between buying an...

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A super fund option with ZERO fees?

If you’ve been reading my stuff for a while, you’ll know I bang on – a lot – about minimising your super fees. Well, today I’m going to tell you about a super fund that has zero fees. As in a donut. From the get-go of my career, I’ve advocated...

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The 3 books I’m giving for Christmas this year

Christmas shopping sucks, right? Not for me. Years ago, I cracked the Christmas shopping code: I buy people books. Although I must confess, last year it didn’t work out so well. I bought my mother-in-law Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. She opened the present, scanned the title,...

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Why Afterpay is the marijuana of credit

I think of Afterpay as the financial equivalent of marijuana. Young people absolutely love it, and old people are doing a lot of finger-waving about the dangers of getting hooked on the newest financial drug to hit the streets. This week the financial equivalent of a teacher, ASIC, busted into...

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