What a 90-year-old gardener taught me about real wealth

I’ve spoken to a lot of amazing people over the 12 years I’ve written this column, but the two hours I spent with legendary ABC broadcaster and garden guru Peter Cundall proved to be one of the most thought-provoking discussions of my life.


The Revenge of the Oldies

To date I’ve received literally hundreds of emails from people in their 50s and 60s -- some admitting they were in tears as they typed -- thanking me for taking away their fear of retirement.


The Biggest Mistake You’ll Make With Your Retirement

Well, it looks like the nation’s superannuation reforms are now in the hands of … Pauline Hanson. And that’s quite concerning, given that I seriously doubt Pauline could tell the difference between a hedge fund and a halal burger. “Please explain?” So until Canberra clears its political bowels, it seems...


The Ticking Time-Bomb in Your Super Fund

I’ve never told you this before. If you think you’re close to ‘kicking the bucket’ (well, 55 and over), you need to read this. And if you have someone in your life who’s in the bucket-kicking zone, you should share this column with them — because it will save them...


The $20,000 Question

I got an email this week — actually, I got it last week, the week before that, and the week before that too. The poor bugger contacting me was about to retire, and he was completely terrified. And no, it’s not what you think. Let’s meet him. A, B, C...


How To Earn $62,444 While Doing Sweet Stuff All

If you’re 55 or over, stop what you’re doing and read this. If you’re under 55, forward this on to your parents (and any other salt-and-peppered-haired loved ones). Please, make sure they read it — and act on it. Today I’m going to walk you through one of the last...

Financial Planners

Consider Yourself Warned…

Oh dear. It happens every now and again. A handwritten letter hits my desk. It’s written in beautiful cursive script -- a skill from a bygone era, like sewing, or customer service. “In good faith we invested our life savings with the advice of a Bendigo Bank financial advisor”, it begins. (And with a lead-in like this, I know the next line isn’t going to be: “and thanks to his independent advice, we’ve solidly outperformed the stock market”).