In the Media


How to hunt zombie insurance policies

The recent Productivity Commission report into superannuation coined a new term, “zombie insurance”. Unfamiliar to most, how do you know if you’ve got it and how […]

The easy way to consolidate your super

ABC TV finance presenter Madeleine Morris recently admitted she has a dirty little secret. She has four different super funds, that she knows of. One of […]

The money problems that dogged Aretha Franklin’s remarkable career

The death of Aretha Franklin sees the loss of one of the most acclaimed and versatile singers of all time. The longevity of her career was […]

Think and Grow Rich revisited

Think and Grow Rich is one of the most widely read self-help books of all time. First published in 1937, it has fascinated readers with its stories […]

‘Retreat to go forward’: Four money lessons from tai chi

I recently escaped Melbourne’s winter weather and spent nine glorious days on the Indonesian island of Bintan. One of the highlights was practicing tai chi overlooking […]

The World Cup shows both ‘spenders’ and ‘savers’ can win

Arguably the best two football players at this year’s FIFA World Cup are Lionel Messi of Argentina and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal. While they both dominate […]

How to avoid being rich but miserable

Rich people have a reputation for being stingy. There are many famous examples of wealthy people who are fixated on money, such as actor Cary Grant who […]

How to afford to live beyond 100

There is a fantastic chart that shows the remarkable increase in life expectancy over the last half-century. In Australia it has increased from 71 years in 1960 to […]

Women’s endurance gives them a financial edge

My sister is one of my life heroes and it seems that she is always finding new ways to impress me. She has represented Australia in […]

Body works: Auto-Immune Disease

The function of every organism is to survive. This survival is achieved by the finely tuned processes of metabolism and homeostasis. Metabolism is defined as the […]

In response to the Royal Commission


What Blade Runner 2049 teaches about price and value

I enjoyed the recent Blade Runner sequel Blade Runner 2049. Yet speak to film aficionados and they’ll tell you that the original Blade Runner, released in 1982, was a much […]

Would you like to be the richest person in the world?

The richest person to have ever lived is believed to be Mansa Musa, the 10th emperor of the Mali Empire, who lived in the 14th century. His […]

Downsizer Contribution

From July 1 last year it became much harder to build up more superannuation thanks to a tightening of the limits on contributions. The maximum “concessional contributions” […]

The gift of education and the cost of funding it


Exercise – Is more better?

I have repeatedly suggested that the ideal amount of exercise every week is somewhere between 3 to 5 hours. So, is this just my gut feeling […]

Use fintech apps to grow your wealth

Fintech (finance-technology) startups have exploded in the past five years, shaking up traditional product and service offerings in banking, insurance and superannuation; industries long overdue for […]

Are you using credit cards like a pokies addict?

Meeting Kate Seselja, you would never know that an addiction to playing the pokies almost cost her life. Today she is a United Nations Sustainable Development […]

Protect your children against the things you can’t control

I remember the day after my son was born the nurses asked for him to be stripped of his warm blankets and his tiny naked body […]

Books to read to move from loathing to loving finance

One of the revelations of 2017 was the popularity of Scott Pape’s updated personal finance book The Barefoot Investor. It was the highest selling book of the year, […]