Smart money weekly; how to turn ideas into results + mastering your money mindset

Ben Nash

Hey team,

Happy Sunday.

Before I get into the money stuff just want to send a big shout out to the legends at Raiz Invest and General Assembly for facilitating the ‘How to money’ series that’s been happening over the last few months. Last week I presented the fifth event in the series on How to avoid the most painful money mistakes [recording here]. I’ll doing the final event in this series on Feb 24 all around ‘How to master your money mindset’ – check the deets and book your place here.

Share market wrap

It’s been a strong week for markets with the Australian ASX ‘All Ords’ (top 500 shares in Australia) finishing the week 3.5% higher on 7,112.9 points. Markets were driven by the Reserve Bank of Australia extending business support and promising longer periods of low interest rates coupled with a massive rally on Wall Street lead the Aussie market to finish the week on an 11 month high.

Other key markets numbers:

  • The ASX ‘All Ords’ (top 500 shares in Australia) finished the week 3.5% higher than last Friday, on 7,112.9 points.
  • The US ‘S&P500’ (Top 500 shares in America) finished the week 4.17% higher than last Friday, on 3,886.63 points.
  • The US ‘Nasdaq’ (Top 2500+ mainly tech shares in America) finished the week 4.76% higher than last Friday, on 12,378 points.
  • The Global ‘All World’ index (measured with the iShares MSCI world index (all share markets around the world combined) finished the week 3.3% higher than last Friday, at 116.2

Share story of the week

News Corp (ASX:NWS): This week the media giant ended up 16.24% driven by the announcement of whopping $2.41 billion profit for the quarter, up strongly from analysts predictions. No doubt performance partly driven partly by the massive focus on media outlets throughout the COVID pandemic pumping up advertising revenue, but will it continue in 2021?

Money mistake of the week: Analysis Paralysis

Analysis paralysis is a very long shortcut to money mediocrity… But our psychology often works against us. You want to make smart moves with your money. You want to do your due diligence and cover all your bases. And you DEFINITELY don’t want to fk things up and blow up your hard earned 💰💥

But sometimes, the more you analyse the harder it is to take action. I put together a short video on on how you can overcome analysis paralysis and drive action so you can start getting RESULTS 🚀

Money hacks of the week

Weekly jargon buster – Hedge Fund (via Morgan Stanley): A type of fund focused on absolute, rather than relative, performance. It is allowed to short (sell stock before you own it) stocks like Gamestop 😉 and can use financial leverage.

Video: How to plan with your money and how to translate ideas into results

One of my favourite quotes of all time is from the one-and-only #DerekSivers, he said; “If information was the answer, we’d all be billionaires with perfect abs”. And it’s so true. We all want results, but the key to turning ideas into outcomes is ACTION. But it’s not easy.

Because there’s so much information out there, it’s hard to build the confidence to take smart action. And nobody wants to do something dumb and cost themselves a bunch of money in the process. But there are some things you can do to plan smarter with your money and overcome the fear of fking things up so you can take ACTION and start getting OUTCOMES 💰💰💰

I’ve put together two videos below covering my top tips on how to plan, and then how to translate your ideas into action. I also go through some of the roadblocks that stop people from getting started so you can learn from their mistakes.

Video 1: How to plan with your money

VIdeo 2: How to translate ideas into results

Podcast from last week:

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Online event from last week

Last week I presented the fifth live online event in the ‘How to Money’ series in partnership with Raiz Invest and General AssemblyHow to avoid the most painful money mistakes in 2021. I cover the six biggest money mistakes we see and what you can do to avoid them. We help you learn from other people’s mistakes so you can achieve your version of awesome with money faster and with less stress. Check out the recording of the session here.

Smart Money 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 mid 30’s w. Two children under 5. Household Income $350k, cash $100k, ~$2.5m home w. $400k mortgage

Frustrations when first coming to see us

Paying too much tax, lazy equity in property, and totally reliant on employment income. Info overload and making the wrong call.

What they wanted from us / the advice process

Passive revenue streams e.g. property rent that is positively geared one day + a solid share portfolio with dividends/capital growth.

What an awesome result looked like for them

Setting up a share portfolio with an income stream (low risk), at least one investment property, reducing tax bill. Also paying off the home in three years and being able to pull the rip chord from the crazy income job in 5-8 years time whilst making sure they’re maximising all the opportunity along the way.

What money strategy they were following when we started working together

Putting every spare sent into the home loan, add hoc spending plan

What money strategy they chose to pursue from our planning work

Purchase two small investment properties ~$800k, refinance all loans, index fund investment and debt recycle existing mortgage

Key benefits of going through the process

Clear plan on how to build income streams to kick in, in 8 years time and using up their lazy equity of $2m to do this.

Year 1 upside: $58,363

Year 20 projected upside: $2,721,610

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

Be awesome,


PS: If you want a hand to get on the front foot with your money in 2021, check out our 45 minute one-on-one sessions here. We’re donating 100% of the money raised to charity, so you can up your money game and do something good on the planet at the same time.

PPS: Reminder for our next live online event coming up Feb 24: How to master your money mindset in 2021


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