Money is a lot like energy – it is simply shifted. It’s like an energy source. Money doesn’t care whether you spend it on a holiday, give it to your kids, donate it to charity or set it on fire (but please don’t do the last one).
When Dallas was younger, he was a keen martial arts student. After each fight, his coach would give him a Post-It note with three things on it that he needed to fix. These three points helped Dallas focus on what he needed to start working on. According to Dallas, he probably had a lot more than three things to work on, but the coach was adamant on only giving Dallas three at a time.
There is a classic saying that comes from one of our favourite characters, Yoda, in the Star Wars series. The wise old Jedi Master says to Luke Skywalker: do or do not; there is no try. In other words: fully commit, or be prepared to fail. We actually love this saying, because in many ways it can be adapted to our financial mindset, too; and the idea of fully committing to an action.
Michael’s son had his first day of school this year. In the week leading up to it, he was incredibly anxious about his first day – it was almost challenging to even get him into the car! But the afternoon told a different story, when he came home with a grin from ear to ear and spent the rest of the afternoon talking about how much fun school was. Life brings us many challenges – but Richie had conquered his fear.
Whenever we tell people we’re financial advisers, the first question we get asked is ‘what is a good investment?’ or ‘what should I invest my money in?
Since the dawn of time, companies have been able to borrow money in order to add value to a product or service, then charge a premium for that product or service and sell it to make a profit.
When Michael was at the tile shop looking for renovation ideas and being asked to choose between an assortment of different designs, he left in a haste and joined his kids in watching a Disney show instead. When it came to choosing tiles for his new bathroom, Michael was overwhelmed – and simply couldn’t envision what the tiles would look like on a wall. All credit goes to his wife Suzie, who has done all the hard yards and put up with him at the shop.
In the previous podcast we discussed ‘bolting it all together’ while you are still working – meaning getting everything in order financially before you retire. We gave the example of a couple who earn $90,000 each in the final 10 years of their working lives, and their ability to claim $113, 505 in personal tax returns if they make voluntary super contributions in that time. If we subtract the 15% earnings tax from this, it would leave a benefit of $64,155. There are other benefits the couple could tap into while they are working, such as spouse contribution and government co-contribution. There are many small things you can do while you work to chip away at growing a larger amount of money for your retirement.
We often discuss owning the great companies of Australia and the world and how it benefits you in retirement. Today, we look at some things you can do while you are still working.
So why is it exactly that we get caught up with ‘the crowd’? We are surrounded by people in our everyday lives – friends, family, colleagues and so on. We try to listen to our own intuition and our independent thoughts, but often we’re influenced by those around us – sometimes without realising. Another factor is the abundance of information readily available to us.
Dallas Davison, Michael Hogue and Ali Hogue.