Smart money weekly: HNY & express podcast

Ben Nash

Pumped to bring you the first edition of the Smart Money Weekly for 2021. 

Next Wednesday I’m putting on the fourth event in the ‘How to money’ series that we’re putting on in conjunction with General Assembly and Raiz Invest. I’ll be diving deep into How to be smart with your tax in 2021, register here.  

Share market wrap

Markets this week have been strongly up, driven by Trump leaving the Whitehouse and the vaccine rollout kicking off in the UK and the US. 

  • The ASX ‘All Ords’ (top 500 shares in Australia) cracked 7,000 points for the first time since February 2020 finishing the week 2.4% higher than last Friday on 7,024 points
  • The US ‘S&P500’ (Top 500 shares in America) finished the week 1.59% higher than last Friday, on 3,824 points
  • The US ‘Nasdaq’ (Top 2500+ mainly tech shares in America) finished the week 1.87% higher than last Friday, on 13,201 points.
  • The Global ‘All World’ index (measured with the iShares MSCI world index (all share markets around the world combined) finished the week 1.57% higher than last Friday, at 115.31

Investment story of the week

Bitcoin (BTC): Since some high highs and then some serious lows, Bitcoin (i.e. “internet money”) has topped a few records this week. Firstly, the price of bitcoin went over AUD$50k on Thursday, and the total value of all Cryptocurrency exceeded $1 trillion (with a “T”). The bitcoin price has more than doubled in the last 4 weeks, and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down in 2021. 

Money hacks of the week

I know the new year is a time we all get a solid boost of motivation, whether it comes to money stuff, fitness and exercise, career, or any other important but not urgent area of our lives. So to help you capitalise on your money motivation, I’m putting out an ‘express’ podcast around 5-ish minutes, and a video version of the same content. I’ll be covering the areas I think are most important for getting on the front financial foot in 2021. If you want to keep up to date you can subscribe to the How to be successful with money podcast here on Spotify, Apple, Stitcher, and Podbean.

Money mistake of the week – Mindset: waiting for the tomorrow that never comes

I’ve recently been chatting with someone that reminded me just how much our money mindset can work against us. This person had fallen into a trap I’ve seen a bunch of times, and sadly one that can seriously sabotage your chances at true financial success – but an easy one to fall into. 

This person (like many of us) had a bunch of personal stuff going on. From a financial perspective, they were not where they wanted to be, but the problem was that they’d convinced themselves that this personal stuff was a barrier to them getting on top of their money. 

The thing is, there is no ‘right’ time to start being strategic and getting on top of your money. We can ALWAYS find a reason to put things off to the tomorrow that never comes. 

When people get on the front foot with their money, almost all of them kick themselves for not starting sooner. But you can’t take back the past. The best time to start was always 10 years ago. But the second best time is now. Don’t let your thinking sabotage your chances of success. 

Weekly jargon buster: Balance transfer (via Macquarie)

The movement of the amount owing from one account to another account. A credit card balance transfer, for example, involves the movement of the amount owed on one or more credit cards to another account or institution, usually for the purposes of consolidating debt and/or taking advantage of better interest rates and/or payment terms.

Advice upside

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 from one of our clients to help you take your money game to the next level.


Couple in their 30’s, one in entertainment, one design, household income $165k, saving ~$3k monthly. No property investments, share portfolio $30k, $110k cash

Frustrations when first coming to see us

Want to invest, don’t know what to do given moving to US next year then Back to Australia in 5 years

What they wanted from us / the advice process

Do we invest or save with our money? how do we set up an investment portfolio, and where does property fit? 

What an awesome result looked like for them

Knowing the pathways and understanding the impact of doing A over B over C

What money strategy they were following when we started working together

Save, had a money plan separate to each other. Very ad hoc

What money strategy they chose to pursue from our planning work

Invest $95k into the sharemarket, regular investment plan, save for wedding, and have cash available to return to Australia without stress of having to find work immediately

Key benefits of going through the process

Clarity, pulling the trigger on a strategy, having super looked after, bank account structure set up in the UK which can be replicated in US and again here in Aus when they return.

Upside received as a result of the direction taken from the planning process, $37,984 in year 1, upside of $1,749,915 in year 20. 



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