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The early accumulator mindset

Don’t trade off looking wealthy for being wealthy.

More and more young professionals are becoming interested in the benefits of investing. However, with so many options, the battle between growth vs income investing, and the infamous speculative advice from friends(Gamestop anyone?), it can be confusing with where to start.

Jessica features in the latest Livewire Income Series providing her insights on starting the investment journey, including the following common mistakes:

  • Thinking you can time the market – not even investment professionals can do that!
  • Not being diversified, having all your eggs in one basket is high risk
  • Not sticking to the plan! Make investing regularly an automatic debit from your bank account, just like other bills you pay. Dollar-cost averaging is also a good way to ensure you aren’t buying on the most expensive day of the year
  • Your friend Alex who has never worked or studied finance probably doesn’t know more than the experts, do your research and think critically before you jump on the bandwagon of random stock recommendations.

Read the entire article here.

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Wear it Purple Day: Starting the Conversation with Glen Hare

Glen Hare joins with Andrew Geoghegan from ausbiz to talk about the amazing organisation: Wear it Purple.

Wear it  Purple was founded in 2010 by teenagers in Sydney recognising the global need to show the rainbow youth that there are people who support and accept them.

In 2021, the theme for Wear it Purple Day is – Starting the Conversation, with a focus on acknowledging the progress that has been made for the LGBTQI+ community, and also keeping the conversation alive on the challenges still faced by this community.

Glen shares astounding statistics around the rainbow youth:

  • 75% of LGBTQI+ kids are bullied
  • 15.5% of LGBTQI+ youth aged 16 and above had suicidal thoughts in the past 2 weeks

” If the rainbow youth are not being supported by their loved ones for who they are, this can obviously create some challenges in the household” – Glen Hare

 

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Australia: The Wealthy Country

Australians enjoy the highest median wealth per adult in the entire world! 

The global median wealth median is $5,820 per adult, in comparison to Australian’s impressive median of $264,903!

Our collective wealth is incredibly jaw dropping in comparison to the global median, however it means fifty percent of Australians are wealthier than the Australian median and fifty percent are not.

Glen takes a deep dive into the two key drivers for Australian’s wealth, providing insight on the positives and negatives for each.

Can you guess what the two key drivers are?

Read Part One on The Urban Village website.

 

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LISTEN: Glen features on Friends with Money Podcast

Glen features in the latest episode of ‘Friends with Money’ podcast chatting to Julia Newbould about his business and how starting those important financial conversations is helping his clients to reach their wealth management goals.

People tend to see financial advisers as they near retirement, but the reality is that many gen X, millenials and even gen Zs can benefit from advice when making life’s big decisions such as starting a new job, getting married, buying a house or investing for a secure future. After seeing a gap in the market needing advice in navigating through life stages, Glen Hare and business partner Jessica Brady built on their experience working for big financial firms and formed Fox and Hare, their own financial planning business targeting millennials like themselves.

So what do financial advisers offer millennials? In this episode of Friends With Money, Julia Newbould is joined by Glen Hare to talk about his business and how starting those important financial conversations is helping his clients to reach their wealth management goals.

Listen HERE 🎧 – 

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Ask the Experts w Cris Parker

In the latest episode of our Ask the Experts series, Glen chats with Cris Parker, Head of the Ethics Alliance, to reveal how our ethics shape our decision-making in business, finance and life.  

Do you know how Crypto mining works and the impact it has on the environment? Looking at Bitcoin alone, its energy usage has resulted in the currency having the same annual carbon footprint as Argentina! Does profit over the planet align to your core values and what is your responsibility as a consumer? 

In this Ask The Experts session, we were thrilled to be joined by ethics expert, Cris Parker. Cris heads up The Ethics Alliance, a community of organisations that work to collaboratively to shape the future of business ethics.   

She is also a director of The Banking & Finance Oath, a pledge of integrity and commitment that aims to increase consideration of stakeholders and decision-making accountability by financial service professionals. 

In this conversation, Glen and Cris covered a bunch of topics including: 

  • Why ethics impact our decision making 
  • How our choices connect to both our personal and financial lives 
  • Top tips and tools to explore your personal values and challenge your ethics 
  • How trends such as investing in Crypto challenge profit vs planet  + more! 

How do our values impact our decision-making? 

We chat a lot about values with our members at Fox & Hare because we’re a big believer in making decisions in all aspects of life that align with what’s important to us. This ensures we’re putting our time, money and attention towards things that truly fulfil us.   

Cris points out that many of us don’t have that clear picture of what’s really important to us as a starting point.  

“If you want to determine your values, start by thinking of those times where you felt happy, fulfilled and satisfied. Then ask yourself: what made you feel that way? That is a good way to determine what you value, “ tells Cris.  

What are the ethical considerations when investing in Cryptocurrency? 

There’s been  plenty of discussions about Cryptocurrency in the past few years as a new investment opportunity but when it comes to ethics, how can we tell if Crypto aligns with our values? 

“It’s worth considering the amount of energy that it takes to mine things like Bitcoin. Back in 2011 you could just use a laptop to mine Bitcoin. Now, you need rooms of computers to do that,” reveals Cris.  

To put that in practical terms: Bitcoin uses the same amount of energy as the entire country of Poland every single day. If you’re passionate about sustainability and the future of our planet, it’s worth considering if this high-energy usage really aligns with your values before investing in it. 

Are more of us making decisions with ethics in mind? 

For those of us living in the inner city, it’s hard to walk down the street or head to the movies without seeing an ad about “ethical” investing or businesses but how widespread is the take-up of ethical decision making?  

Cris reveals that bigger social issues (such as climate change and the Black Lives Matter movement) are giving everyday people a newfound awareness of ethics and how it impacts our day-to-day lives.  

“Historically, ethics has been used as a mechanism to call out bad behaviour. But that’s changing,” tells Cris.  

Now, more of us are feeling comfortable talking about ethics. The more ‘normal’ ethics becomes, the more socially acceptable it is to question our biases and blind spots, and the greater our collective expectation is for others to do the same (including businesses). 

What business sectors do you feel are leading the way in ethical decision-making? 

As Cris explains, many businesses are making their commitment to social and ethical decision-making  visible to consumers. “When you’re investing now, a lot of organisations are very transparent about their commitment to social and ethical responsibility,” tells Cris. 

However, she caveats that by saying that there’s no set standards to measure businesses’ ethical requirements up against, leaving plenty of room for variety. 

“I do think financial services more broadly are making a strong effort because they want to be seen as living up to their values and commitment to ethics,” tells Cris.  

Cris points out that it’s important to do our own research and investigate whether businesses are truly acting ethically. Unfortunately, ‘greenwashing’ can fool us into thinking that businesses are doing good, while still conducting themselves in ways that aren’t socially or environmentally responsible.  

Our top takeaway points 

  1.  Every choice we make should be a reflection of our values: from what organisation we work for to where we invest our Super, each decision we make needs to be aligned with our ethics and what’s important to us. 
  2. When investing, check what an organisation’s values are and whether they’re living up to them: as consumers, we have the right to question and hold companies accountable to their said values and mission statements (and don’t be afraid to take your money elsewhere if you’re not happy with their response).
  3. Remember that your purchasing power can be a force for good: all of us have the ability to use our money to make the world a better place. Whether that’s switching to a renewable energy provider, finding a truly ethical super fund or even swapping to recycled toilet paper, your dollar can make a difference.  

Want to learn how you can invest in-line with your ethics? Click here to book in for a quick chat. 💬 

 

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Ask the Experts w Vanguard Australia

In the latest episode of our Ask the Experts series, Jess chats with Rebecca Pope (Head of Intermediary) and Matthew Lumsden (Head of Distribution) from Vanguard Australia to unpack The New Virtual Frontier for Life and Work – How Technology Will Enable Us to Have Better Lives.

There’s no denying that 2020 was an incredibly challenging year for many of us. While we don’t want to discredit just how difficult the past 12 months have been (and continue to be for many of us), we wanted to focus this conversation on the opportunities that the ‘new normal’ presents for our personal and working lives. 

That’s why we’re thrilled to be joined by Rebecca and Matthew from Vanguard Australia to explore how to make the new digital world work for us.

In this conversation, Jess, Rebecca and Matthew covered a bunch of topics including: 

  • How has the rise of the Zoom economy impacted our lives both personally and professionally?
  • Now that flexibility is the norm, how can we leverage this to achieve or re-establish our goals?
  • How to make the digital world work for YOU not the other way round
  • How the COVID pandemic changed Matthew and Rebecca’s work and personal lives for the better
  • Common reactions to the volatility of the market and how to avoid making impulse decision

Is it time for a tree or sea change?

The trends towards permanent WFH orders is something we’ve seen from big business, including Twitter, Facebook, Spotify and Salesforce

With many employers embracing remote working during (and after) the pandemic, living in close proximity to the CBD isn’t as essential as it once was. If you’ve been dreaming of a coastal or mountain getaway, the virtual frontier has now made that more of a reality (much sooner than many of us anticipated). For Matthew, the shift to remote working has opened exciting new opportunities for him and his team. “The geographic boundaries and points of friction created by distance have gone, and we’re all on the same page now. We’re using tech to its best advantage for ourselves as a team and also for our clients,” tells Matthew. Plus, greater flexibility in where we work has enabled Matthew and his family to make the move from Melbourne to Port Macquarie, a transition that has allowed him to live closer to his family. 

If you have the flexibility to fully embrace remote working, now could be an opportunity to swap high inner-city rent or mortgage repayments for a more affordable home in regional Australia. 

How the virtual frontier can help you achieve your goals faster

Let’s look at how you can supercharge your savings and propel your goals forward by embracing the virtual frontier. 

One of the goals that is most common among our members is to buy a property followed closely by generating a passive income. 

Say you were paying a $1 million mortgage in the city. You’d be paying approximately $4,300 per month in mortgage repayments. But if you picked yourself up and moved to a more affordable regional area, you might be able to swap this for a $600,000 mortgage. Instead, you’d only be paying $2,600 per month in repayments. And then, you could take the difference between those mortgage repayments ($1,700 per month) and start an investment portfolio. If you invested for example $1.7k each month at a return of 6% over 20 years, you’d have a portfolio valued at $822,000. And if you wanted to live off the returns, that’s roughly at $50k a year in passive income. 

The concept of Ikigai & how to use this in your life 

A big part of making these new changes work for us comes back to understanding our purpose. Matthew explains this using the Japanese concept of Ikigai (which translates to reason for being). 

“It asks you four questions: what do you love, what does that world need, how can you be paid and what are you good at. It forces you to sit down and think carefully about those four quadrants of your life and perhaps identify which areas aren’t getting the attention it deserves from you,” Matthew tells.

When deciding your next move in work or life, using the principles of Ikigai can help steer you in the right direction and clarify what’s really important to you. 

Investment fundamentals 

As for what’s ahead for the market in 2021, both Rebecca and Matthew believe it’s important to stay the course and not react to market volatility. 

“Investing is a long-term game,” explains Matthew. “We’re not big believers in speculation. I think what’s most important is having a plan and understanding your ‘why’. Without a plan, how can you know why you’re investing in the first place?”

And this is exactly the philosophy we share with our Fox & Hare members, too. Rather than selling at the bottom of the market, the best investors will understand that experiencing periods of volatility is a normal (and necessary) part of the process. And as we’ve already seen, markets will continue to recover – it’s all about being patient and staying the course.

Our top takeaway points

While there were stacks of expert insights shared during this session, here are our biggest takeaways:

  1. Sit down and figure out your why: no matter what’s happening in the market, make sure you understand what’s important to you before making your next move or decision. 
  2. Get clear on your long-term plans: this means having a clear big picture vision for what goals you’re working towards to make sure every step you take is aligned to what you value most. 
  3. Be ready to adapt to new opportunities: while remote working has presented plenty of challenges, there are big benefits to be gained from tech that we can all use to add more flexibility and balance to our lives. 

Want to learn more about becoming a Fox & Hare member? Click here to book in for a quick chat. 💬

 

 

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Listen: Blast Off Series – Lessons from Launch with Jess Brady

Jess recently sat down with the team from Next Gen Planner to discuss the lesson she’s learned from launching Fox & Hare Financial Advice.

It’s no secret that launching a business is a big undertaking. And we know that first hand!

As the Co-Founder of Fox & Hare, Jess Brady has a wealth of experience about what it takes to launch a financial advice business and what lessons she has learned along the way.

Listen to this episode now on the Next Gen Planners’ website HERE.

 

 

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Top 5 questions about insurance inside superannuation: answered

Glen recently sat down with the team from MetLife to chat about his most frequently asked questions about insurance inside super. 

It’s a topic many of our members are curious about: what is insurance inside super, and what level of cover do I need?

The truth is that not all super funds offer the same level of cover when it comes to insurance inside super.

While some claims for insurance inside super are straightforward, others are more complex and require a lot more work in the hopes of getting your claim approved.

Plus, there are important differences between the default level of cover you receive with your super fund and the type of insurance you take out within super as a retail policy.

To answer all your burning questions about insurance inside super, Glen chatted to MetLife to share his wisdom. Read more here. 

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Australia’s ‘baby bust’: here’s how much it costs to raise a child

With fertility rates falling in Australia, Glen chats to The New Daily about the costs of having a child.

Many believe that Australia is currently in the midst of a “baby bust”, with the spiraling cost of raising a child making it unlikely our fertility rates will boom anytime soon.

Even before the pandemic, our national fertility rate had dropped to the record low rate of 1.66 babies for every woman. Now, many experts believe that the added financial pressures of COVID-19 and a once-in-a-generation recession have made the costs of having a child even harder to stomach.

So, Glen sat down with the team from The New Daily to share his insights into one of the biggest concerns facing couples in 2021.

Glen reveals that many couples are concerned about the idea of having to rely on a single income while having a child, particularly at a time when job security is at an all-time low.

Read Glen’s full insights on The New Daily’s website. 

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Listen: #ChooseToChallenge Leadership Assumptions with Suzanne Grayson and Jess Brady

To celebrate the theme #ChooseToChallenge for IWD 2021, Jess Brady sat down with Suzanne Grayson to chat about all things women and leadership. 

Earlier this month, our very own Jess Brady joined our superstar videographer and photographer Suzanne Grayson to discuss women in leadership on her new podcast series, #ChooseToChallenge.

Suzanne brought together nine brilliant and inspiring women that represent a range of different stereotypes that women face. Alongside her photo series (which you can check out on her Instagram page), she also recorded a deep-dive conversation with each guest.

In Episode 7, Suzanne was joined by Jess to discuss the barriers to female leadership and why the representation of women in leadership is so important.

Tune into this 30-minute podcast to hear Jess and Suzanne explore:

  • The assumptions made about women in leadership positions
  • The barriers women face in getting into leadership roles
  • The everyday acts of leadership we can do whether we want to climb the corporate ladder or not
  • The impact of unconscious bias in the workplace

Ready to dive in? Listen now for free on Apple Podcast.

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Australia’s great gender property divide: does more need to be done to even the playing field?

As part of International Women’s Day, The Fox Jess Brady, sat down with Realestate.com.au to chat about the gendered disparity in property ownership. 

On March 8th (International Women’s Day) CoreLogic released its inaugural Women and Property Report, revealing the relationships between the gender pay gap and the gender wealth gap.

Specifically, the report highlighted how the 13.4% pay gap has impact women’s ability to access homeownership.

So, the team from Realestate.com.au called on Jess to chat about what needs to be done to address the property ownership divide between the sexes.

Jess revealed that this gender pay gap impacts both when and where women can get into the property market.

“If we can do more to get younger people into the property market earlier, it’s obviously going to have a big impact for women because it’s highly likely that they’ll be earning an income and be pre-children,” she said.

“If they do decide to have children or need to sell their property later in life, hopefully, they’ve been able to knock down some debt and build some equity,” Jess tells.

Based on the average weekly full-time earnings for men and women, it would take women an additional 10 months to save for a 20 percent deposit on the current median Australian dwelling value.

To read this full article, head to Realestate.com.au’s website. 
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When and Why you Should Join Accounts When in a Relationship

Glen features on the latest episode of Meet Pay Love Podcast this Valentine’s Day revealing when and why you should join accounts when in a relationship 💖.

 

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The Easiest Way to Fail Your Finances in 2021

Glen features in the latest edition of Urban Village to discuss the easiest way to fail your finances in 2021. 👉🏻
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As we put the dumpster fire that was 2020 firmly behind us, it’s more important than ever to think about how we can transform 2021 into the life-changing realignment that we all so sorely need!

In my experience as a financial adviser, many of us have a general idea of what it is we should be doing on our journey toward financial freedom but, for whatever reasons, fail to get started. Whether it’s option paralysis, procrastination or just “waiting for the perfect time” it’s this failure to get started that is one of the biggest financial hurdles we see here at Fox & Hare Financial Advice.

When it comes to finance, procrastination should be considered public enemy number one. Consider this, you’ve been thinking of getting started investing for a while – whether it be property, stocks or even additional super – but, for whatever reasons, haven’t yet taken the plunge. Every moment spent deliberating robs you of a moment that could have been spent accruing interest! Two hypothetical Surry Hills locals, Yin and Marcus are looking to begin investing. Yin starts January 2021, depositing $400 per week at five per cent per annum for ten years. Marcus takes a while to get started and doesn’t make his first deposit until January 2026, but decides on $800 per week – to make up for lost time. $400 per week for ten years or $800 per week for five, both at five per cent PA interest. Do you think there would be a significant divergence in the returns? If you said yes, you would be right. At the ten year mark, Yin would walk away with a total of $269,152 while Mark would finish more than $30k down at $235,752. The reason? Compounding interest – which is the interest you get paid on the interest that you earned!

It’s a general, very simplified example but still a pertinent one. If you’re looking to fail your future’s finances this year, then your very best bet is to not get started working on them!

 

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ASK THE EXPERTS: EPISODE 6 WITH BELINDA ALLEN

In the latest episode of our Ask the Experts series, Glen chats with Senior Economist at CBA Belinda Allen, to unpack the state of the economy and her predictions for 2021.

Are you wondering what impact COVID has had on the Australian and global economy? That’s exactly what we covered in the latest installment of our Ask The Experts series. Wwere so thrilled to be joined by Senior Economist at CBA, Belinda Allen who has extensive experience as a financial market’s economist, working to develop and communicate views on the Australian and the international economies. 

In this conversation, Belinda and Glen covered a bunch of topics including: 

  • How is the Australian economy tracking at the moment? 
  • How has income support impacted Australian consumer confidence? 
  • How have international governments managed that pandemic from an economic standpoint?  
  • What is the impact of international trade tensions on the Australian economy?
  • How will a vaccine impact Australia’s economic recovery?

Belinda’s insights about the outlook for our economy 

We kicked off our conversation with Belinda by discussing the current state of the Australian economy. After the turbulence we’ve seen in 2021, Belinda shared some very optimistic insights about how our economy is tracking. “We use spending data at CBA to see what Australians are spending their money on and look at what income we’ve seen come through our client’s bank accounts to work out if the economy is improving,” tells Belinda. “It’s clear at the moment that the Australian economy did start growing again in the third quarter, with growth up to around 3.3% (and we expect similar pattern again in the fourth quarter).” Despite Australia’s economy contracting by 3% over the course of 2020, Belinda is positive about our economy’s outlook heading into the New Year. “We’re very confident that the recovery is going to be quite strong in 2021, and we’re expecting growth to be a bit over 4%,” tells Belinda. “Based on our calculations, we’re going to enter 2021 with around $100 billion more than we would have otherwise due to more Australians saving their money in 2020.”  

And it seems Belinda isn’t the only one who is optimistic about our economy going into 2021. “We’ve just received new consumer sentiment data that shows we’re experiencing a 10 year high in consumer sentiment. That comes down to two things: the housing market is improving again as well as the very significant income support and interest rate cuts provided by the Government and the Reserve Bank of Australia,” Belinda explains. 

As for global markets, Belinda explains that the state of international economies is deeply tied to how they responded to COVID. “From an economic perspective, the way governments and central banks across the world have managed the virus has greatly impact their overall economies. While Australia’s policy was to ‘go hard and go early’, other countries did sit back a little bit. In the US, they’re still debating a fiscal stimulus package and they’re still facing heated conflicting debate (particularly after the recent Presidential election),” tells Belinda. 

Our top takeaway points  

We discussed a bunch of Belinda’s insights about the current state of the market. So here are the top takeaway points we learned during this session:  

  1. Economic support has been key to Australia’s positive economic outlook: “2020 was a really difficult year to forecast as an economist. However, we have seen things like JobKeeper really help to keep unemployment rates relatively low. At CBA, we think the unemployment rate has already peaked at 7.5% and we predict this will fall to 5.75% by the end of 2021. 
  2. The property market presents a range of opportunities in 2021: “We predict that property prices will rise in 2021 because interest rates are so low. However, we’re still concerned about inner-city apartments because we don’t have international students returning and overseas migration will remain low for the next couple of years. But overall, we’re seeing strong demand by owner-occupiers and we’re seeing many consumers using their excess saving to put towards purchasing property.
  3. The global economic outlook depends on how the pandemic progresses: “For the global economy to get back to any sense of normality, a vaccine would need to be widely distributed and taken up by citizens. 

Keep an eye out on our social channels and upcoming newsletters for more information about our 2021 line up of Ask  The  Experts live Q&A sessions in 2021. 💥

Want to learn more about becoming a Fox & Hare member? Click here to book in for a quick chat. 💬

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How to attract the Millennial Generation

Glen and Jess unpack with Money & Life how to attract the millennial generation whilst building a modern business.

“Millennials don’t struggle to imagine the future. Where they get lost is connecting the dots.” – Jess Brady & Glen Hare, Financial Advisers, Fox & Hare

The Millennial Generation (currently aged 26 – 40) arguably have some of the biggest financial decisions to plan for in the near to immediate future—buying their first home, starting a family, or transitioning that side hustle into a business. Yet, most individuals are not seeking advice until they are close to retirement. We caught up with Glen Hare & Jess Brady, founders of Fox & Hare, an advice practice specialised in servicing the needs of millennials. Glen & Jess are early adopters of new technology and users of Morningstar’s financial planning software, AdviserLogic. Here are 5 tips to help you attract and retain this untapped clientele.

1. Demystifying Financial Advice

First things first, you need to get millennials in the door, and this starts with breaking down the preconceived notion that one needs to be old and rich in order to get financial advice. No one wants to be nearing retirement and thinking ‘imagine if I did this 30 years ago.’ Savvy and educated millennials will have questions around fees and conflicts of interest post-Royal Commission. To highlight the value of advice, you need to be able to answer those questions and be transparent about what you can and cannot deliver. It is imperative that you show clients the sooner they can make smarter financial decisions, the far better off they are going to be in the long run.

2. Lead with Education in all Parts of the Journey

While millennials might be coming in with some financial knowledge and have DIYed in the past, many will have reached a cap in terms of their financial understanding or their ability to execute. Or this might be the first time they are talking about their finances and can be intimidated. By educating your client in all parts of the advice journey, you help them feel comfortable with the investment decisions and how those decisions will get them closer to achieving their goals, all while building their financial literacy.

3. Goals & Value Session, the “Lightbulb Moment”

By exploring goals early on, you help clients understand that it is a balancing act between living now and planning for the future. From the start, Fox & Hare engage their members in a goals and value session, asking them to imagine what their next 12 months, 5 years, and beyond looks like. This is an opportunity to highlight that your role as an adviser is to focus on the financial levers such as cashflows, tax optimisation, budgets, etc. Clients will have a “light bulb” moment when you connect the dots and use modern technology to demonstrate how your expertise in balancing these levers will enable them to achieve their goals.

4. Millennials Expect Technology-Enabled Advisers

Younger clients want to engage with an adviser on their terms. Advice businesses need to focus on how they connect with clients in an efficient and scalable way whilst also immersing themselves in the client experience. When choosing a technology provider for their business, Fox & Hare appreciated that AdviserLogic understood the needs of IFAs and shared their passion for improving Australians’ access to quality financial advice. AdviserLogic’s intuitive layout and ease-of-use helps advisers increase their clients’ confidence in the advice they are being given. This extends to even screen sharing for a more engaging and personal walk-through with clients, illustrating how the advice links to their goals. Extending your CRM by connecting it with other apps is also a great approach. AdviserLogic integrates with Zapier, opening access to productivity tools like Calendly (a simple scheduling tool for booking meetings that eliminate back and forth emails at any time of the day or night), Google Forms (which enables you to build and survey clients in minutes), and DocuSign (eliminating the need for physical wet signatures). These apps help advisers better connect and deliver a more engaging experience for younger clients.

5. Client Feedback Should be More Than Just a Survey

Ultimately clients are seeking your advice to grow their wealth and meet goals, but it is equally important to ensure they are happy along the way. Millennial-focused businesses like Fox & Hare believe in ongoing engagement through focus groups and continually interviewing their clients. This is done both before they launched the business to make sure they were reaching their millennial audience and to monitor and improve their onboarding process over the first 90 days for new members. This quick feedback helps them meet and even exceed client expectations.

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When two incomes become one – Glen’s top tips to cope

Losing a job when you’re in a partnership can trigger strong emotions and cause you both to rethink your financial future. Glen shares with Mark Raberger, the Head of Health at Metlife Australia, his top tips on how to cope.

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It’s understandable that when one person in a relationship loses some or all of their income, the other can feel vulnerable. How can partners help?

Mark Raberger: Focus on some positive things you can both do. It’s about the surety of being in it together. Each person’s wellbeing can be affected in four main areas: mental, physical, social and financial. So, while you might be affected financially, there are plenty of things you can do about the other three:

  • Keep up your social life. Sometimes when people lose a job, they might become a recluse and curl up under the doona. So, without forcing the issue, you can help them address both the mental and social health areas by keeping engaged with friends. Social interaction is incredibly important.
  • Keep physically active. The temptation to have a lot of downtime because there isn’t a job to go to can quickly impact physical health. Encourage each other to get out and be physically active, such as making time – yes, that means regular dates – to go for walks or bike rides together. Getting out into the fresh air for even mild exercise is good for your mind as much as your body.
  • Keep on learning. There are also good benefits to be had from learning new skills. Encourage your partner to engage with an art or craft they enjoy. We often wish we had more time on our hands to learn new things.
  • Keep a good sleep routine. The other big area to focus on is sleep. When people are anxious or distressed they might find their sleep is heavily affected. Knowing this, encourage each other to have good sleep hygiene. By this I mean, have a before-bed routine: switching off your device  at least an hour before sleep; finding calmer, more relaxing things to do instead of thinking about finding the next job at 11 o’clock at night.
  • Wake at a similar time each day. You can encourage your partner to get up and get ready for their day, just as they would if they were still going to work. If you can do some exercise together before you go work, that will be useful too.

So, it’s about staying active: physically, socially and mentally.

What areas of health support are available?

Mark: When a household has income, some people might think they can’t afford to get the right support, though there are some good free or subsidised options:

  • Mental health support. We’re fortunate in Australia to have great organisations like Beyond Blue, Lifeline and the Black Dog Institute, as well as subsidised therapy services available through GPs. The Government also increased subsidised additional mental health therapy sessions from 10 sessions up to 20.
  • GP visits and telehealth. We recently launched a campaign at MetLife about why it’s OK to see your GP, because we know people were hesitant about visiting local health providers during the pandemic. Most GPs now have people safely visiting their clinics, though if you can’t visit in person, the Government also supports telehealth consultations. We want everyone to continue having regular check-ups with their GPs, which is why GP visits, home visits and telehealth consultations are Medicare-subsidised and many doctors bulk bill, which means you won’t have to pay for anything.

On the financial side, what are some positive steps people can take to cope when there’s less income available for the household?

Glen Hare: Whenever we’re working with a couple, we always talk about ‘household income’, because we want to encourage that shared sense of purpose in maintaining a household together. So, while one person might be earning less at the moment, they could have more time to look after things like groceries, cleaning and organising social events – all things that contribute good benefits to the household – and then of course, make adjustments when they’re working again. We want both people in a couple to be on the same page and making decisions together.

Mark: I agree. While one person might contribute more money to covering expenses such as groceries and bills, rent or mortgage, it’s important to make shared decisions about how money is spent for the household. Both partners can also look at which areas they can make savings, especially discretionary spending, where you can easily adopt more affordable alternatives.

What are some good areas where household expenses can be reduced?

Mark: If there’s one positive about the lockdowns during COVID-19, it’s that many households rediscovered ways to enjoy time at home instead of going out. So rather than paying restaurant or pub prices every time you want to catch up with friends or family, we’re socialising at each other’s houses.

Glen: We’ve seen a lot of our members review all their subscriptions during COVID-19, so they can save monthly expenses such as subscriptions to magazines, streaming services, gym memberships, which all add up. If you can save $100 a month by cancelling some subscriptions that gives you more money to put into savings or investments that will grow. I think COVID-19 made a lot of people reprioritise some of their big lifestyle aspirations, like international travel or new cars or renovations. Every time household income changes you have an opportunity to review what’s important to you – you can learn a lot about what’s really important to you.

Thinking about what’s really important in life, what are some other opportunities for resetting personal ambitions?

Mark: If you’re not currently in a job or have reduced hours, you have more time to focus on your career goals, which is a positive. Especially if you were working in an industry that was hard hit by COVID-19, you’ll find a lot of businesses are rethinking what work-life balance means.

So, it could be an opportunity to think about what kind of work will give you a better work-life balance. A simple example is that people who live a fair way from their employment or their previous employment could see it as an opportunity to look for work closer to home.

It might also be a catalyst to upskill or even retraining so you can pursue other career options – see it as an opportunity, rather than a loss. We’ve seen more education providers offer discounted or free courses, and there are some government supports available for retraining.

From a mental perspective, while you’re looking for a new job doing some training and research about new career options is a good way to keep your mind busy – it’ll keep you active and give you something to look forward to – and building new knowledge is rewarding in itself.

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Want to hear more tips on how to encourage a positive experience when managing financials? 👋🏻

Check out our blog: “Fall in love with your financials” 💖

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Ask The Experts: Episode 5 with Adam Verwey

In the fifth episode of our Ask The Experts series, Glen sits down with Adam Verwey, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Future Super (Australia’s first 100% fossil fuel-free super fund) to discuss all things ethical investing.

Are you passionate about creating a livable world? Do you care about what brands and organisations you support? If so, this next Ask The Experts conversation is just for you.

Adam has a long history in ethical investments, currenting working as the Managing Director of the Future Super Group (the investment manager for Future Super, Cruelty Free Super and Verve Super), responsible for investment management, impact and advocacy for over $1 billion in super funds.

Adam is also Director at the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility, an organisation helping to engage and advocate for ethical decision-making with companies and stakeholders. Plus, he is the portfolio manager for the Thomas Reuters Australian Fossil Fuel Free Index and a member of the Responsible Investment Committee for the Betashares sustainability ETFs.

In this conversation, Glen and Adam cover off on a range of topics including how Adam got started in ethical investing, how he chooses which companies to invest in, the current conversation around ethical investing and the impact of ethical investing on performance.

Adam’s insights on ethical investing

We kicked off our conversation with Adam by finding out a bit about why he got started in ethical investing. “I went to high school in Broken Hill, and there is a mine founded and operated by BHP in the middle of town, right in the main street. It’s a lead and zinc mine, and this lead was poising children in my town and it has serious consequences (such as learning difficulties etc.),” Adam explains.

“During my time at university I helped to change where the student union’s money was invested and switched them to an ethical fund. And that got me thinking: I wonder where my super is invested? I checked my super fund and realised it was predominately invested in BHP.”

That decision to make a personal change to his investments was what sparked Adam’s interest and passion for ethical investing. “Over the last decade, I’ve seen the power we can all have when we take collective action around something like our investments. We have the power to create a world we are proud of. So that is what motivates me, seeing the impact of when we all work together to use our values to shift where our money is invested,” tells Adam.

And it is a logical place for all of us to start, as Adam explains, “we’re all mandated to invest, so we might as well be invested in companies and assets that align with our values.”

As the Managing Director at the Future Super Group, Adam helps to shape the companies included in the group’s super fund portfolios. When vetting companies, he considers the shared values of the group and screens out companies that don’t align with these values.

“One of the areas where Future Super is a bit different is around screening out the Big Four banks. Banking in itself is not evil, it’s just how they operate as a bank that is good or bad. We screen those banks out because they are heavy funders of fossil fuels and other things like nuclear weapons,” Adam tells.

And there’s other less obvious companies that don’t make the cut. “We’ve screened out Woolworths, in part because they are the largest owner of poker machines in Australia (through their hotels and pub holdings).”

“Another interesting company is Tesla, a company that creates a lot of electric vehicles as well as solar and battery technology. They’re also disruptive and can potentially help provide the technology the world needs to create a livable planet. But at the same time, Tesla treat their staff terribly. For example, during COVID Tesla demanded their staff attend workplaces which were unsafe and there were elevated levels of COVID spreading throughout their warehouses,” reveals Adam.

“A lot of the ethical screening work we do is pretty straightforward, but there is an element of grey area for certain companies (like Tesla) that aren’t as clear,” tells Adam.

Our top takeaway points

We discussed a bunch of Adam’s insights into ethical investing. So here are the top takeaway points we learned during this session:

  1. Collective action can spark meaningful change: If 7.7% of Australia’s superannuation money was invested in renewable energy or related industries than we could power a 100% clean energy grid in Australia by the end of 2030. Your choices can have tangible, real-world impacts.
  2. Investing ethically doesn’t mean sacrificing performance: Ethical funds in each asset class have slightly outperformed funds in the same asset class (but not by much). So usually, you can expect the return from an ethical fund to be similar to a non-ethical fund.
  3. Ethical investments are well-placed to whether turbulent market conditions: The funds that are doing the best now are those that completely exclude fossil fuels. So, the biggest factor in determining whether your super fund got a positive or negative return over the last financial year was whether your funds invested in fossil fuels.

Keep an eye out on our social channels and upcoming newsletters for more information about our next Ask The Experts live Q&A session. Want to learn more about becoming a Fox & Hare member? Click here to book in for a quick chat.

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My Millennial Money Podcast with Glen Hare

Our very own Glen recently joined podcast host Glenn James on the My Millennial Money Podcast.

Did you catch Glen on one of the latest episodes of My Millennial Money? In this conversation, Glen chatted with Glen James about: 

👉  His earliest experiences with money

👉🏾  His own coming out story 

👉🏼  What it’s like shifting from corporate to building a business

👉🏻 The inclusive work we do at Fox & Hre 

👉🏿  Tips for starting a business

👉  The potential costs of starting a family

👉🏾  Narrowing down on what you want and setting up your cash to suit + more

Want to hear the full conversation? Watch now below!

9Honey
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9Honey Interview: How to maximise your tax return

Discover how to maximise your tax return with our own Jess Brady’s expert tips, as shared with the team from 9Honey.

Wondering what to do with your tax return this year? No matter how much you’ve got back, we’ve got a simple formula that will help you maximise these extra funds. 

Our very own Jess recently sat down with the team from 9Honey to reveal exactly what to do with the money you get back from your tax return, including:

  • How much you save from your tax return
  • Why it’s so important to have an emergency fund
  • Practical ways to upskill and invest in training using your tax return
  • How to make purchases that are meaningful and important to you

Ready to learn more? Read the full article on 9Honey here.

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What the 2020 budget means for you

Last night the Government announced their 2020 Federal Budget. We break down what you need to know, what these changes mean for you and how to supercharge your goals!

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW & WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU

Tax Cuts
Personal

  • Income tax cuts scheduled for 2022 will be brought forward for most income brackets
  • The low and middle income tax offset of $1,080 will remain in place for the 2020-21 financial year.

If you’re earning:

  • $45-90k your tax cut will be $1,080 p.a.
  • $120k+ your tax cut will be $2,500 p.a.

Business

  • Depreciating Assets – If your business turns over less than 5 billion per year, you are now able to offset the full value of any assets you purchased after budget night and before June 22. The measure expands the popular instant asset write-off, previously only available to small and medium businesses.
  • Carry back tax losses – Business’ that have suffered due to the pandemic this year, will now have the ability to carry back tax losses and offset them against profits made from year 18/19 onwards.

Super

  • Reduce multiple fees and accounts – Employers will be able to access your existing superfund details via the ATO rather than setting up default accounts for new employees reducing the amount of Super funds and Super fees paid by employees.
  • Fund performance tests – By July 2021 MySuper products will need to do an annual performance test and notify members each year if their fund underperformed. The Government will also release an online comparison tool called YourSuper that will help members compare the fees and returns for super funds.

Health Services

  • Additional Funding – To help look after vulnerable Australians, there will be additional funding for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, mental health and suicide prevention, and the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme.

Creating Jobs

Grow the economy – Funding $1.5 billion over five years from 2021/2022 to support the building of competitiveness, scale and resilience in the Australian manufacturing sector. It will focus on creating jobs opportunities in sectors such as manufacturing, infrastructure, medicine, recycling, food, defence, farming and tourism.

  • Employment initiatives for women – Funding $240 million over four years towards a range of employment initiatives for women. Including a focus on increasing female workforce participation in male-dominated industries such as construction.

Age Pension & Welfare

  • Additional payments – People who are currently receiving certain eligible income support payments and concession cards will receive two additional payments of $250, to be paid in December 2020 and March 2021

Childcare support (or lack there of)

  • Disappointingly, this years budget failed to deliver significantly on what many economists are saying is vital for women’s economic participation: affordable and accessible childcare.

*The above updates are simply proposals and will need to be passed by parliament to be legislated.

SUPERCHARGING YOUR GOALS

Here are a few case studies demonstrating how the personal tax cuts can be used to supercharge your goals!

Mortgage Debt Reduction
You have a mortgage debt of $600,000 with 3.5% interest for a loan period of 25 years.

  • An extra $90 per month ($1,080 per year) = mortgage paid off 14 months sooner.
  • An extra $208 per month ($2,500 per year) = mortgage paid off 2.5 years sooner.

Boost Savings

  • You’re earning $45-90k per year and receive an annual tax cut of $1,080. You regularly deposit these funds into an account for 10 years earning 7% interest.

  • You’re earning $120k+ per year and receive an annual tax cut of $2,500. You regularly deposit these funds into an account for 10 years earning 7% interest

Want to chat with Jess or Glen about your personal financial situation? Book in a 15min chat 📲

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We need to remove the stigma surrounding money

Our very own Jessica Brady, sat down with Echo Chamber Escape to explain the importance of removing the stigmas around discussing finances and financial problems among women, and what women need to be doing throughout the pandemic to maintain financial stability.

“Women and young people are among those with the lowest financial literacy in society, and during the pandemic it’s these same groups of people who are experiencing the most stress and are most likely to have lost their jobs.

In your experience, what are the contributing factors to how discussions about money have become somewhat taboo among women? 

You know, I’d actually challenge the wording of that question and say that women (ladies?) talking money has always been taboo – it’s most definitely not a recent phenomena! Society has been telling us directly and indirectly for decades just how frivolous and bad at finance we really are and to great effect! A huge number of women crave the kind of financial freedom that gives them security, the ability to do good and help others. But how long has it been since they stopped being told that a good, rich husband was the only avenue for achieving those things? Two generations? One? Has it even stopped? There are so many factors both implicit and explicit that have limited the conversations being had by women. Only now are we starting to see them unravel!

How is this perception of money-related discussions impacting women’s financial stability? 

What happens when you condition generations of young women to believe that the security and freedom they so desire is only available through one avenue – marriage? You end up with a nightmare scenario where women in their 50’s become the fastest growing group of homeless people in Australia and vast numbers of social housing projects are filled with older women who were left destitute after the deaths of their husbands. Even as we depart from the ‘women belong in the kitchen’ status quo – its effects are still real and very tangible. The wage gap, disproportionate burden of unpaid care, low levels of C-suite roles and even expectations around domestic duties are all a part of the hangover. Money is just one of the many conversations that are long and sorely overdue. We need to re-negotiate everything from domestic workloads to the feasibility of a superannuation system that actively disadvantages stay at home parents – of which women make up the vast majority.

During the pandemic what are the biggest financial watch outs for women?

Women have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic as they make up an outsized portion of the part time/casual workforce. It’s almost as if there is an unreasonably large burden of unpaid care and domestic duties preventing many of them from accessing full time employment opportunities! For those who have lost their jobs we recommend a deep dive into the Australian government’s COVID-19 financial support programs. Likewise for those who work for themselves – the government has introduced a whole range of programs to support businesses during this difficult time. For those of us who are still employed we recommend revising your spending and budget. There’s never been a better time to bolster your savings and emergency fund! For a deep dive into the available options and taking care of your finances, check out our Ladies Talk Money COVID-19 special here.

What should they be doing or considering now to mitigate long term financial risk?

It sounds silly but actually understanding your financial situation is so important in times like these. It’s imperative that we consider the impact of our long, medium and short term financial goals and fully understand the implications of our actions. Rash decisions can have huge, long lasting financial impacts; it’s important to consider all of the pros and cons before making any big changes! Finally, all of the ladies out there need to think about protecting themselves with the right insurance policies! It only takes one serious event to realise how vulnerable we really are. We insure all of our nice things – cars, homes, holidays etc – but so often fail to adequately insure ourselves. Insurance may sound dull at first – but what’s more exciting than going to sleep at night and knowing you’re completely covered in the event of some unexpected crisis!”

Read the full article on Echo Chambers Escape here

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Babies – The cost of starting a family

Looking to bring a new life into the world? Here are the key expenses first-time parents should consider before starting a family.

Starting a family is a massive milestone. In fact, there are over 300,000 beautiful bubs born every year in Australia. And for first time parents, bringing a new life into the world is equal parts thrilling and terrifying. From deciding where to live to what school you’ll enrol your child into, there’s plenty of decision-making to be done. But, have you considered the true cost of what it takes to raise a child?

If you’re thinking about starting a family, it’s super important to understand how this new addition will impact your finances both now and into the future. So, what should you be budgeting for? And what steps should you take prior to pregnancy to set you and your family up for financial success? Keep reading to find out.

IVF and the cost of conception

For some, bringing a child into the world can be a simple endeavour. However, for many of us the road to starting a family is much more complicated. Research from IVF Australia reveals one in six Aussie couples of reproductive age experience difficulties conceiving a child. And if you happen to fall into this camp, it’s important to understand what the financial impacts may be for you. 

IVF (or in vitro fertilisation) is one method of medically assisted conception that can be used to overcome a range of fertility issues and can give couples the best chance of falling pregnant. However, this type of fertility treatment can be extremely costly, with current pricing (as of February 2019) indicates one cycle of IVF can cost upwards of $9,828. 

Although some patients who are eligible for Medicare can access no upfront fee options from selected providers, it’s essential for first time parents to have a clear payment plan and budget in place prior to commencing treatment. By speaking with your doctor and an IVF specialist, you’ll be able to map out what costs you’re likely to incur and will be able to take this figure into account when planning to start a family. 

Upfront costs

For first time parents, the cost of having a baby can quickly mount up. From redecorating your spare bedroom to finding the perfect baby car seat, many parents-to-be can be blindsided by how expensive it is to welcome a new life into the world. So, what upfront costs will you need to budget for? Some common costs can include:

  • Pregnancy and maternity clothes
  • Baby clothes and nappies
  • Feeding bottles and baby formula 
  • Bedding (including a cot, mattress, sheets, blankets and toys)
  • Pram
  • Car Seat
  • Change table

Aside from these essentials, it can be tempting to splurge on luxe extras to spoil your upcoming arrival. From organic baby clothes to decked-out baby bags and so much more, it’s important to be aware of the extra expenses that can arise when it comes to buying for your little one. 

Our tip? Create a clear budget for all your big ticket baby items and hold yourself accountable every step of the way. A great strategy to keep costs down is to visit garage sales and charity shops or check social media buy-and-sell marketplaces to nab yourself a pre-loved bargain. 

Parental leave costs and entitlements

Aside from the upfront costs, it’s important for first time parents to understand how starting a family will impact their ability to work and earn an income. Taking significant time off work can be a massive financial strain for both parents, so it’s wise to discuss what arrangements could work for your family prior to pregnancy. 

Under the Australian Government Paid Parental Leave Scheme, Government-funded Parental Leave Pay is provided to working parents of children born or adopted from 1 January 2011. Eligible employees will receive this government-funded Parental Leave Pay directly from Centrelink, or passed on via their employer.  A payment plan for up to 18 weeks can be arranged to help you transition into your new role as a working parent. Currently, those on the scheme can receive $740.60 per week before tax (based on the weekly rate of the national minimum wage). 

So, what criteria do you need to meet? To be eligible for payment, you must:

  • Be the primary carer of a newborn or newly adopted child
  • Have earned less than $150,000 in the last financial year (individually)
  • Not be working during your Parental Leave Pay period
  • Have met the work test in the last 13 months before the child’s birth or entry into care

Plus, Dad and Partner Pay for up to 2 weeks is also available to eligible families. For parents-to-be, it’s important to do your research and have a conversation with your partner to consider whether these entitlements will be an adequate source of income during the early stages of starting a family. 

Childcare and schooling costs 

For parents who are looking to return to work, childcare can be a big expense. Whether you’re returning to work full or part time, it’s important to do your research to understand the rates of different child care centres. 

Let’s look at a few options. Figures from CareForKids.com.au map out the average rates parents can expect to pay at key types of child care. These range from a private live-in nanny ($17-25 per hour) to long day care centres ($70-$188 per day) and even babysitters ($15-$35 per hour, plus agency fees). Remember, these figures are just a guide and actual prices will vary between providers. Our tip? Speak with a variety of child care centres in your area to understand what style of care best suits your family’s needs and budget. There is also a Childcare subsidy calculator on Toddle.com.au to help parents understand what subsidy they may be eligible for.

As the years roll on, you may decide private schooling is a priority for your family. For first time parents, it’s essential to understand what this expense looks like for your child. The earlier you can factor this cost into your budget and start saving, the better off you’ll be in the long term. 

However, this decision isn’t one to be made lightly. The latest figures from Australian Financial Review indicate private school fees have increased 3.1% this year alone (twice the rate of inflation). Figures provided by EdStart indicate the 2019 Year 12 fees for some of Sydney’s top private schools can range between $16,000 up to a whopping $22,000 per year. For families, it’s crucial you discuss how an expense such as private school fees will impact your cash flow. Remember, go back to what your core values are and check in to see if expenses like these are aligned with your values to ensure long term financial success.

Want to chat more about your personal circumstances? Book in a free virtual chat here. ☎️

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The question every woman needs to ask herself about money

Featured in 9Honey, Jess goes back to the basics by stressing the importance of exploring your ‘money story’.

“Your ‘money story’ is your thoughts and beliefs around money. Often it can be what you did or didn’t see growing up. Generally, our money story has a lot to do with our parents or how people around us have behaved about money.”

To get started, Jess suggests asking yourself these key questions:

  • What do you think about money?
  • Do you love it? Or do you hate it?
  • If your reaction is a negative one, try and think of money more as an opportunity so you can start to feel good about it

Many of our members come to Jess with stories of poor choices that led to financial hardship. For these women, Jess encourages them to move on from past mistakes and focus on taking control of their financial futures.

“Accept the situation you are in with responsibility and accountability and make a commitment to educate yourself and dedicate yourself to improving your situation.”

Read the full article here.

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Bridging the gap in financial literacy – Elephant in the Room Podcast

The Fox, Jessica Brady sits down with ‘The Elephant In The Room Property Podcast’ to chat about the gap between women and men in the financial literacy levels, why you should never defer your financial to your partner and how to find the most appropriate advice to your situation.

This episode covers:

  • Why women have a lack in confidence in their financial literacy

  • Why women usually defer their financials to their partner

  • Why is it crucial to share details of financials with your partner

  • What happens when men take on more risk than women

  • How to start talking about money.

  • What honest conversations should you start having with your partner

  • Why should you be getting financial advice earlier in life

Listen here. 🎧