Smart money weekly; Build a second income investing, financial advice through divorce, ASX down 12% and covid isolation scrapped

Ben Nash

Hey team,

Happy Monday.

Inflation, inflation, inflation… It seems to be the only thing that anyone is talking about. Australia reached 6.8 per cent inflation in August, down from 7% in July. However, analysts expect this small reprieve to be short-lived with an estimated inflation rate of 8% by the end of the quarter driven by increasing energy prices.

Some good news for businesses as the mandatory five-day isolation for a positive covid test was scrapped. From October 14th we will no longer need to isolate. This should provide some more stability within workplaces as a lot of positive cases are asymptomatic. Does this mean the pandemic is over? It seems not as chief medical officer Paul Kelly stated, “It does not in any way suggest that the pandemic is finished”

Upcoming events:
October is going to be a busy month. Financing 101, FIRE and building a second income – all great sessions to jump on. Start taking control of your finances NOW. Check out our other events below

Share market wrap
It has not been a great week for equity holders. The ASX is now down 12% since the year began. Constant and consistent volatility has plagued the markets this year. Wall street fell sharply towards the end of the week as well after a partial rebound on Wednesday as recession fears still linger. The Australian dollar also fell below 65 US cents throughout the week. Over in the UK, the new Prime Minister, Liz Truss stated she is prepared to make “controversial decisions” to face the difficult position their economy is in. Her new economic program, sent their currency to record low levels and left the UK with a borrowing capacity close to that of Greece. “We are facing difficult economic times,” Ms Truss said on their local BBC radio. However, if history has taught us anything, it is that markets will recover – it is just a matter of time.

Key sharemarket numbers:  

  • The ASX ‘All Ords’ (top 500 shares in Australia) finished the week -1.56% lower than last Friday at 6,682.30 points.
  • The US ‘S&P 500’ (Top 500 shares in America) finished the week -2.30% lower than last week at 3,640.47 points.
  • The US ‘Nasdaq’ (Top 2500+ mainly tech shares in America) finished the week -1.9% lower than last week at 10,737.51 points.
  • The Global FTSE ‘All World’ index (largest 3100 companies in the world) finished the week -4.13% lower than last week (Friday AEDT) at 6,881.59 points.
  • The S&P Cryptocurrency ‘Mega Cap’ Index (tracking market value of Bitcoin and Ethereum) is currently at 2,089.56 for the month, down – 7.78% for the month to date.

Investment story of the week:  Queensland shelf the land tax change proposal
We typically look at investment stories about equities in this section, but let’s take a look at a story that impacts investment properties this week. If you aren’t in the loop, here is a quick summary;  under the initial proposal, the value of an investor’s properties Australia-wide would be taken into account to calculate land tax rates paid according to Queensland’s thresholds. That rate would then be applied to properties in Queensland. The idea behind the proposal is that those investors who buy properties in Queensland across jurisdictions can avoid paying land tax. The Government confirmed the changes had been shelved on Friday after the tax change was criticised by other premiers and the state opposition. This is a critical piece of news that property investors need to be aware of, especially before looking to purchase investment properties in Queensland.

Smart Money upside #89
Because people don’t often talk about the full ins and outs of their money, it’s hard to learn lessons from hearing what good and bad choices other people make. This story is from one of our clients to help you take your money game to the next level.

Individual, mid 40’s; household income ~ $420k; total assets ~ $5m; savings ~ $5k annually.

Going through a separation and did not know how to appropriately manage funds given new financial circumstances. Also frustrated not knowing a clear path to financial stability and feeling like she was not saving as well as she could.

What they wanted from us / the advice process
Structure around selling the family home (and acquiring a new one), when the client had to return to work to stay cash flow positive, and how to continue providing support for children and herself while going through the separation.

What success looks like for them
Purchasing a new primary place of residence, having a clear understanding of what needs to be done to adjust to the change in lifestyle, and growing assets to look forward towards the future.

What money strategy they were following before we went through the planning process
Utilising an offset account where any spare cash was directed.

What money strategy they chose to pursue from our planning work
Rollover superannuation to a more cost effective fund that better aligns to their risk profile, purchasing a new property, management of debt to ensure cash flow remains positive, investing into a portfolio to grow assets, and ensuring estate planning is up to date given the separation.

Key benefits of going through the process
Education on each financial component of their situation, comfort in knowing what is achievable and what is not, and setting a clear plan moving forward to set up the future.

Value of advice after all advice fees year one: $3k
Year 20 upside after advice fees: $470k

If this story resonates and you want to chat about how to get these sorts of results, you can book an intro call here.

Giving update of the week
This week we’ve had the privilege of starting work with a bunch of new clients, and we’ve celebrated by providing 100 underprivileged people in Africa with 365 days of access to clean, life-saving water. This is all part of our ongoing commitment to make a difference in the lives of our clients and simultaneously make an impact on our world through our partnership with B1G1 (Buy 1 Give 1). You can check out more information about our giving here.

Money hack of the week: What are the best impacts of financial advice?
What results does a financial advisor ACTUALLY produce in the short term? I asked this of Pivot Wealth client Avani who is relatively new to financial advice. But, she’s already seeing great results. However, one of her biggest takeaways has nothing to do with money itself. It’s the peace of mind she now has about her finances and the day-to-day decisions she no longer has to make. Check out the chat here.

Money mistake of the week: Why running a business doesn’t suit everyone.
It might not be what you want to hear, but not everyone suits business. I asked Sarah Davidson about her top tips for someone wanting to start a business. Needing to wear lots of hats isn’t for everyone, and if your heart isn’t in it, it’s going to be hard. Check out the chat here.

Jargon Buster of the Week: GDP (via Canstar)
GDP stands for Gross Domestic Product and refers to the monetary value of the finished goods and services of a country.

Podcast from last week:  #254 w. Robbo – Aussie Mortgage Guy
Last week, I chatted with Robbo, the Aussie mortgage guy, TikTok superstar, and ex-mortgage broker who helps people understand mortgages, the lending market, getting into the property market and acts as a bit of a conduit between people and the best brokers in the country.

I picked Robbo’s brain on some of the trends that he’s seeing, talking to the 300,000 plus followers that he got on TikTok, and some of the mistakes that people are making in the market today, particularly in the soft market that we’re seeing as well as how people can set themselves up to get into the property market and make their next purchase a smooth one.

This episode is perfect for anyone that wants to buy a property and do it without a headache

Helping people with this stuff is our jam, so if you want to chat about how to make your money success easier, you can book an intro call with us here.


Be awesome,


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