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Episode 138 | Alan Kohler: The Guest Who Changed the Industry as a Financial Journalist!

Alright, folks!

Joining us on the couch today is Alan Kohler, the renowned Australian financial and newspaper journalist! Aside from being the founder of The Constant Investor and co-host of The Money Café podcast, Alan has a wealth of knowledge and experience (which started since 1979, mind you) in the financial sector.

To give you an idea, Alan was the Editor of The Age and CEO of Australian Independent Business Media Pty Ltd (which published the Eureka Report and Business Spectator). Currently, he’s a Finance Columnist of The Australian, the Financial Reporter for ABC News and the host of ABC Inside Business (for 12 years) AND like us, has his own show on Qantas’s Inflight Radio called Talking Business with Alan Kohler.

And this is not even his entire resume!

(So you’re in for some SERIOUS learning.)

 

Alan and the boys discuss:

  • How did Alan flourish in an industry he once had no interest in or knowledge of?
  • What was it like to live through the digital change (and how did he leverage off it to lead a successful career)?
  • What did he do to stop Financial Advisors from operating in a commission based system?
  • Yesterday’s US Federal Reserve Board Meeting and it’s possible implication to the Australian Economy
  • What is Donald Trump’s Impact on the economy?
  • How is the Australian Economy fairing?
  • Will the demand for Sydney and Melbourne markets continue?
  • What and why is the difference between total GDP numbers and GDP per capita matter?
  • How does inflation impact on interest rates and why are the Central Banks of the World care about it so much?
  • What is the reason for increased asset prices (and does Alan think it’s a good thing)?
  • Potential risks with asset selection in outer suburbs
  • Will there be an interest rate rise this year?
  • How much of an issue is housing affordability in terms of predicting the market?

 

Oh, and these are the books (aside from his own) Alan mentioned:

  • Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond
  • Competitive Advantage of Nations, Michael E. Porter

 

And of course, here are the other resources mentioned in the today’s show:

 

 

 

 

Episode 108 | Five Ways To Improve Affordability

Back in Episode 102, Bryce and Ben discussed if we are facing an affordability issue and when Jan Somers appeared on our show last month, she mentioned that her aunt was also concerned about housing affordability back in the 1950s. Now, with the Federal Budget just a couple of months away, this topic appears yet again, and it seems to be the favourite amongst our politicians.

This time, the debate is about improving affordability for first home buyers. Now, don’t get us wrong. The Property Couch believes in the Great Australian Dream and owning your home. But as mentioned before, your first home will not be luxurious nor will it tick all the criteria of your dream home. This is about setting the right expectation because you would get to your dream home, and you would be able to get that quarter acre house eventually. But it will not happen overnight. You need to work for it, and you need to be smart with your decisions especially when it comes to money and planning for the future. Your first home, may not be your dream home but this does not mean that your second or third home wouldn’t be.

That is why education around property and awareness on the risk of investing in property is so important. This is one of the suggestions that Bryce and Ben chat about to improve affordability in the Australian Property Market. Tune in to find out the rest.

And the other stuff mentioned in this episode are:

  • Has the Way We Look at Financial Stability Changed Since the Global Financial Crisis? – Speech by Michelle Bullock, Assistant Governor (Financial System) of RBA: Listen/Read Here
  • Core Logic’s Pain and Gain Quarterly Report : Download Here
  • Fact Sheet on Guarantor Loan : Download Here
  • Bryce’s video on the four players in the industry is part of the Property Formula video series. If you are interested to watch this, you can Register Here

 

And as always, if you like this episode (Five Ways To Improve Affordability), don’t forget to rate us on our iTunes channel and our Facebook page. Any questions or ideas? Feel free to drop us your thoughts here: http://tpcaustralia.wpengine.com/topics/

Episode 105 | Insights from the Money Queen – Chat with Effie Zahos, Editor of Money Magazine

Our second Live Podcast Recording at the Melbourne Property Buyer Expo last weekend was with Effie Zahos! With more than 20 years in the finance and journalism industry, Effie started as a graduate trainee for Westpac and then moved on to being the head researcher for Channel Nine’s successful Money program in 1997. She has been the editor of Money Magazine since 1999 as well as the magazine’s banking specialist, a regular finance commentator on TV and radio, and the author of The Great $20 Adventure and Getting Rich, Staying Rich!

 

 

So for today’s episode, the three of them will be talking about:

  • How did she start in the finance and journalism industry
  • Being the editor of Money Magazine, working with top economists and industry experts and investors’ success and horror stories she’s come across over the years
  • Having a mentor and how it helps in her career
  • The Top 4 Money Magazine Cover Story and the changes in readers’ interest when it comes to building wealth
  • Building wealth through superannuation and why you should take an interest in it at an earlier age
  • Salary sacrificing and if it’s a good idea
  • The housing affordability debate and what others ways to get onto the property ladder sooner
  • Continuous source of information and education for property investors

 

Here are the resources mentioned in today’s podcast:

  • Money Magazine Cover Story | Earn $2500 a Week at Retirement – Read here
  • Money Magazine Cover Story | Rent and Invest – Read here
  • ABS Website for Population Clock – Find out more

 

If you like this podcast: “Insights from the Money Queen – Chat with Effie Zahos, Editor of Money Magazine”, don’t forget to rate us on our iTunes channel (The Property Couch Podcast) and our Facebook page. If you have any questions or ideas, feel free to drop us your thoughts here: http://tpcaustralia.wpengine.com/topics/

Episode 093 | How to Negotiate to Win?

In today’s podcast, a much-anticipated topic features. But first, Bryce and Ben discuss the recently released GDP numbers for the September quarter. With a fall of 0.5%, what does this mean to us Australians? How will business confidence and the Australian Property Market be affected? And more importantly, is this a really bad thing?

After discussions on the GDP as well as further mentions of our 100th episode (that’s coming up very soon!), today’s main topic – as stated in the title, is: “How to Negotiate to Win”. Not all of us are used to or are comfortable in negotiating as it can be quite confrontational. But Bryce and Ben do it on a daily basis so today, they’ve decided to dish out some of their most useful pointers and success stories to help you on your next purchase! Not only do they let us in on some of the most helpful tips, they also tell us what to look out for and common mistakes not to make. With one of Australia’s leading Buyers Agents opening up about the secrets of negotiating, this is definitely an episode to tune into.

A couple of tips to listen out for include:

 

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