Smart money weekly; what smart investors are buying now + emergency fund strategies

Ben Nash

Hey team, 

Happy Monday. 

I’ve been getting a bunch of questions lately around the things smart investors are buying

People think that being good at investing is just about choosing good investments. It’s much more than that. Last week I put together a piece on what I just invested in and why, so you can learn about some of the considerations that should drive what will be a good investment for YOU. Check it out on Apple podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean.


Share market wrap

Markets held on to most of the big gains from last week, with US and international markets continuing the solid run, driven by strong financial reporting from some of our biggest corporates including Macquarie and IAG.

Other key markets numbers:

  • The ASX ‘All Ords’ (top 500 shares in Australia) finished the week 0.4% Lower than last Friday, on 7,081.30 points.
  • The US ‘S&P500’ (Top 500 shares in America) finished the week 0.89% higher than last Friday, on 3,934.83 points. 
  • The US ‘Nasdaq’ (Top 2500+ mainly tech shares in America) finished the week 1.16% higher than last Friday, on 14,095.47 points.
  • The Global ‘All World’ index (measured with the iShares MSCI world index (all share markets around the world combined) finished the week 1.26% higher than last Friday, at 118.28


Investment story of the week

Bitcoin (BTC): Ok, so I did write about this a couple of weeks ago, but the Bitcoin rally is continuing to surge hard so I felt like I had to include it again. Off the back of some tweets from Elon Musk and a bunch of other tech leaders, as well as the adoption of Bitcoin as a payment form with some of the big institutions the Bitcoin price is now closing in on USD$50k, currently sitting at AUD$62,816. When the price of BTC was below AUD$20, founder and general supergenius Fred Schebesta predicted the price would hit AUD$100k by the end of the year. In the surge we’ve seen since it seems like he might be on the money. For anyone that doesn’t understand the details behind crypto or Bitcoin there’s a great explainer from The Hustle here


Money mistake of the week: Not having the right amount of money in your emergency fund

Having a good emergency fund has a bunch of benefits, not least of which is the fact that it can help you invest better. Last week I put together a podcast talking through emergency funds and how much you might want to have in yours. Check it out here on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean.


Weekly jargon buster – Options (via Canstar): Options are essentially contracts that give you the choice to buy or sell a particular security at a later date. This contract allows an investor to choose whether or not to go through with the transaction based on whether they think it is profitable.


Money hack of the week: What smart investors are buying now

Market downturns are the times wealthy people make money. But knowing what you should be investing in is tricky. There are so many options out there it’s like drinking from the firehose, and it’s hard to get the confidence to overcome analysis paralysis and take action. 

Last week I put together a post about what I’m seeing the smartest investors buying now so you can learn from their experience, and how to figure out what investments might work for YOU. Check out the video here. 


Podcast from last week: #75 How do shares actually work and how do you by shares

Get around it on your podcast channel of choice 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. one children under 5. Household Income $200k + ~$100k RSU income, cash $75, ~$550k investment property w. $400k mortgage

Frustrations when first coming to see us

No plan around RSU’s, no clear plan to own a family home. 

What they wanted from us / the advice process

Achievable plan towards buying a home for their family. Ability to have another child and take maternity leave without going massively backwards financially.

What money strategy they were following when we started working together

Selling RSU shares to pay tax bills, saving in cash in investment property offset account.

What money strategy they chose to pursue from our planning work

Growing second income stream through a diversified investment portfolio, cranking offset account, children’s investment account, purchase a family home in 2 years. 

Key benefits of going through the process

The confidence they were on track to end up in a good position, clear plan to the family home, building a second income stream.

Year 1 upside: $15,047

Year 20 projected upside: $1,890,312

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