Comfort with Money

by Rodney Gibson Financial Advisor

March 31, 2020

The financial turmoil of the last month or so has touched all of our lives at least in some small measure and will continue to do so in larger measures for a long time to come.

Every single action or reaction to the world wide virus by governments, me...

March 17, 2020

Every so often I remove from their tiny cases, so that I can wear them, a pair of gold cufflinks that I bought in Hong Kong in the days when the price of gold bullion was fixed at $US30 an ounce.

I am not going to melt them down (they weigh only 9 gra...

March 13, 2020

The first time I ever went skiing I met an 80 year old gentleman whose personal “bunny slope” was the front lawn of the communal dormitory which gave him a “run” of about 20 metres, including turns.

The hundreds, maybe thousands? of 80 year olds who "...

March 4, 2020

The fact that I can remember the attack on Pearl Harbour puts me in a clearly defined age bracket. The first time I meet them people often ask me “What did you do?”

There is a basic assumption in our society (set in concrete by the government paying a...

February 28, 2020

“Debt” is undoubtedly a four-letter word. In recent years the terms “good debt” and “bad debt” have entered the vocabulary with, unfortunately, far more than their fair share of meanings.

These meanings range from tax deductible/non tax deductible thr...

February 19, 2020

When I first started as a financial planner I would ask those clients aged over 50 to answer the simple question “when are you going to die?” and "how much property, including cash, do you want to have at that time?"

I got some funny answers!

Of course...

February 11, 2020

Now that Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day are once again behind us and eager shoppers can’t wait till the Easter sales are upon us to snaffle yet more bargains, it’s interesting to clarify just what constitutes a “bargain”.

British law lon...

February 5, 2020

Einstein, among others, has been credited with commenting on the “magic” of compounding and one of the ways this can be captured in the investment world is to take part in the dividend reinvestment plan which is offered by a significant number of com...

January 29, 2020

The memories of the 2019/20 bush fire season will last a lifetime for those in our communities who tragically got up close and personal to natural disaster in the worst possible fashion – loss of life, loss of home, loss of neighbourhood and loss of...

January 22, 2020

A couple of weeks ago I referred to a bet that I once made with a mate. The purpose of referring to that occasion was to emphasize that betting generally makes only bookmakers and casinos wealthy -  gambling is a mug’s game.

“The exception proves the...

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