Real lost super: could 93% of your superannuation disappear?

When we hear ‘lost super’, we imagine lots of funds that we don’t know about. This story is about another kind of lost super. It’s the money you had in your super account, but it’s disappeared.
 
So, could 93% of your superannuation disappear?
 
Very short answer: yes.
 
Longer answer: if you stop contributing, and you’re paying fees and premiums, it can happen. Do that for over a decade, and you could have next-to-nothing left.
 
My statements come from a real-life example, not a hypothetical one.

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Can you learn about share trading by playing the ASX Sharemarket Game?

Twice a year, the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) runs a Sharemarket Game (I’ll call it ‘The Game’ from here on in). There’s a public version for any adult and a school version for students. I’ve played it several times and I’ve sucked at it. The photo at the top of this post is how my portfolio performed the last time I played.

This has been a conundrum for me, given my real life experience with shares has mostly been successful.

I have gone back to my engineering training and done a root cause analysis (RCA) on why I can’t seem to do well at this game. I won’t bore you with the RCA diagram. I’ll skip straight to the bottom line, the root cause of my problem, and it is this:

I am lazy. Read more

Free and cheap financial education resources

Want to learn how to manage your money wisely? Good news! There are truckloads of solid financial education materials available – for free – to help you get up to speed.

Unfortunately, sometimes you’ll come across a financial product dressed up as education – a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It can be hard to tell the difference. To help you avoid the wolves, we’ve curated our favourite resources into this list.

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Kidpreneurs on show at book launch

Feeling low? Get yourself around young people starting businesses. Their enthusiasm is contagious.

The 12 kidpreneurs selling their wares on Sunday 13 November at East Fremantle Yacht Club have given me enough good vibes to handle whatever life cares to throw my way for the rest of 2016.

Here’s the wrap up from the Showcase – who was there, how they went, and contact details in case you’d like to order some of their products or feature them in a media article. Read more

Kidpreneur Series: Beauty From Ash’s Products

The second kidpreneur in our series is actually the first one I’d met as part of this series. Her name is Ash. She is 11 years old and is the original inspiration behind the Showcase coming up on 13 November. I’m in awe of her commitment. As you’ll see in this article and on her Facebook page, she’s really put a lot of effort into creating a fabulous product and ensuring her business is sustainable.

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Housing affordability: you can’t spend your way out of this

There’s a problem with the way Gen X and Y view housing affordability, and it’s going to ruin the financial futures of their children if they don’t snap out of it pronto.

I read this article in which the author says she is spending money on brunch because she can’t afford a house, like it’s the only way she can console herself about her dire financial future. Read more