The BiG Directory of money, finance and investing resources, comparison sites and giveaways
Resources and Giveaways
Here are some resources and freebies, podcasts, blogs, forums, social media groups, apps, publications
along with ancillary investment professionals you’ll come across in the money and investing industries.
Finance Podcasts, Apps, Blogs, Forums & Websites
Money and Investing Podcasts
- 10 Investment Podcasts For Australian Investors Canstar 2020
- Aussie Firebug Financial Independence Retire Early [they say] “… is the financial independence podcast for Australian’s where I interview clever people who have already reached or are on their way to financial independence.”
- My millennial money Sort Your Money Out (Aus) [they say] “We’re a podcast for millennials and their money. It’s like Hamish and Andy for your finances. Glen James & John Pidgeon discuss millennial money matters in a light-hearted way. With a variety of topical guests on the show, there is a great balance between practical money tips and banter.”
- The Money (Aus) ABC Radio National [they say] “The Money explains how the Australian economy and everything in it works, and how this all connects to the global economy.”
- The Money Café (Aus) [they say] “James Kirby and Alan Kohler discuss the biggest news in business, finance, and economics, and what it means for investors. Presented in partnership with The Constant Investor.” (not to be confused with the websites, book seller The Money Cafe (USA) Ernie Zelinski)
- Equity Mates (Aus) [they say] “is a finance and investing podcast, created to break down the world of investing, from beginning to dividend, to make it much more accessible for everybody.”
- Margaret Lomas – Destiny (Aus) [She says she] “regularly shares her expertise gained from years as a property investor through these regular podcasts.” and Vidcasts.
- MoneySmart YouTubeVideos (Aus gov)The Moneysmart website is a trusted source of financial information and provides free calculators, tips and guidance for all Australians.
- The Property Couch [they say] “Is a podcast hosted by two of Australia’s Property Experts, Bryce Holdaway and Ben Kingsley. This Podcast is about helping people make smart property investment decisions.”
- The Pineapple Project (Aus) ABC Jan Fran [she says] “The podcast that makes you better at money.” Previously hosted by Claire Hooper [who said she’s] “a bit crap with finances. And she’s not the only one. She’s on a mission. To get better at money. From smart saving, to how to earn more, demolish your debt, and invest like a boss, join her as she tracks down all the experts and learns the lessons we somehow missed.”
- The Richards Report [he says he] “speaks with experts from the world of finance to explore and learn ways you can make smarter decisions when it comes to investing money and time. Join Ted Richards when he speaks with talented investors, athletes and professors about ways to improve your own performance. Guests include Scott Galloway, Harvard/Wharton Professors, Fund Managers and former professional athletes.”
Money and Investing Blogs and Apps
- AlphaBeta “strategy x economics”
- Australian Financial Review Smart Investor
- Australian Property Investor (API)
- Australian Property Market [they say they] “will endeavour to bring you the latest, smart and most up to date tips for your property investment and real estate and home buying process. We follow the market trends and updates to give you the best possible strategy and information to help first home buyers and investors to make the right decision.”
- Australian Stock Market Investing Blog
- The Barefoot Investor (Scott Pape): Blog
- The Daily Reckoning
- Flying Solo [they say they are] “Australia’s largest online business community. Established in 2005, Flying Solo is home to a community of over 75,000 Australian solo and micro businesses, along with 30,000 more connecting across our social networks.”
- Fusion Investing – Top 10 Australian Business, Finance and Investing Sites
- Hot Copper [they say] “is the largest stock market forum in Australia with over 250,000 registered members and more than 8,000 posts per day.”
- Intelligent Investor
- MacroBusinessSuperblog [they say] “Is Australia’s leading business and investment blog. Its mission is to bridge the gulf between the Australian business media and reality.”
- Millenial Revolution [they say they are] “a FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) site started by two computer engineers/children’s authors, FIRECracker & Wanderer, who retired at 31 to travel the world!
- reddit Australian Personal Finance
- (ASIC) Calculators and APPs
Money health calculators & unclaimed money search
Loans, credit & debt calculators
Superannuation & retirement calculators
Mobile finance apps
- Motley Fool
- Real Estate Investar
- Roger Montgomery
- Your Investment Property (YIP)
- The Financial Planning Association of Australia [they say] “If you have any burning questions about your finances, head to the Ask an Expert forum and ask a qualified expert for free.” [The FPAA hasn’t updated this function recently and the links are broken. But there’s still some useful stuff on the site.] Topics they cover are:
FINDING A PLANNER
SELF MANAGED SUPER FUNDS
SAVING FOR YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION
The Australian Independent Media Network (AIMN) “is a platform for citizen journalists and bloggers to write and engage in an independent media environment.”
Mainstream media – TV/Internet/Newspapers
7 Yahoo Finance ‘Our experts‘ – Peter Switzer, David Koch, Michael Pascoe, Michael Yardney, Peter Boehm, Aaron Lynch, John Abernethy, Andrew Page, David Taylor, Karina May, Simon Boulton, Marcus Padley, Louise Bedford, Bruce Jackson, Magdy Marcos, Julia Lee, Dr John Demartini, Donna Brond, Ben Stein, Robert Kiyosaki, James Ramsay, Richard Quest, Kathy Lien
9 ninemsn (and Financial Review Sunday) Areas they cover:
- Share market investing
- Loans and credit
- Managing money and tax
- Super and planning
- Selling online
- Customer service
- Sales and marketing
News.com.au: Finance, Money, Investing
Books, Magazines, subscriptions
Educated Investor Financial Bookshop. “Categories: Bargain Books; Trading; Technical; Psychology; Investment; Getting Started; Ebooks, Audio Books, DVD’s; Barefoot Investor Recommended Reading; CFD’s/ Contracts for Difference; Foreign Exchange/FX; Fundamentals; Options/Warrants; Superannuation; Software; Motivational Historical; Real Estate; Business/Management; Commodities; Financial Markets Futures; Leadership; Risk Management; Sales/Marketing; Newsletters”
Australian Property Investor (API) (and see The Business Mall Property Investor’s Bookshop also has general investing, shares, superannuation, derivatives):
- Articles on specific regions, booming suburbs and potential hotspots
- Profiles of successful investors
- Small property development projects
- API Hot 100 – a list of the top 100 locations around the country hand-picked for their capital growth prospects
- Retirement Strategies
- Small Development Series
- Young Guns
- Roadmap to Wealth
- The Interview Q and A
- Case studies of specific projects
Bloomberg Business Week
Gold Mining Journal
Harvard Business Review
Independent Financial Adviser
Money “magazine helps you manage your finances by cutting through the jargon. Each month you’ll receive credible, independent and easy-to-understand financial advice from Australia’s most respected financial writers including Paul Clitheroe and Ross Greenwood.”
Mortgage Professionals Australia
Success Business Magazine
Under the Radar Report – Small Caps
Your Investment Property “is the intelligent property owner’s choice when it comes to learning about Australia’s property market. [it] provides you with the most complete set of property data, independent commentary and thoroughly-researched articles about all aspects of investing in property in Australia and abroad. Every issue features in-depth analyses of the market trends that affect your investment. Practical tips and advice on how to manage and finance your investments are also featured regularly to help you make the best decisions. [it] carries the most comprehensive data section of any Australian property magazine, with extensive and exclusive data about every suburb in Australia to help you decide where to put your money. You also get independent expert advice on the best investment strategies for you as well as market analysis from Australia’s most trusted and experienced property experts. Plus, every month Your Investment Property carries exclusive information about Australia’s up-and-coming property hot spots; real-life success stories of ordinary, hardworking Australians who have achieved financial independence through property; and the latest and most practical legal, tax and financial advice to help you invest safely.” Free suburb reports: Newsletter.
Your Trading Edge
Major Street Publishing (MSP) “is an independently-owned publishing company that specialises in personal investment and business books, eBooks, newsletters and other publications. Founded in October 2009, the aim is to educate readers to save, make, manage and invest their money. Experts are commissioned to write on all aspects of personal finance – from property and share market investing to taxation, superannuation and money management, as well as other business-related topics…categories:
Property & Wealth Creation
Books for Business
Super & Shares “
Fishpond “Absolutely Australia’s Lowest Prices. We won’t be beaten by anyone. Guaranteed … an online store selling books, music, movies, beauty products, toys, sporting and outdoor product, jewellery, kitchen products and homewares.”
GIVEAWAYS: Facebook posts, eBooks, Reports, Blueprints, Newsletters, Updates, Subscriptions, Memberships
These eBooks, blueprints, videos, CDs, DVDs, webinars, subscriptions and trials, may contain useful tips and information, often they’re teasers to a more substantial purchase.
Be wary of giving credit card details. Often it’s almost impossible to cancel your subscription or you just forget – good luck getting a refund!
Throughout BiG, wherever I’ve found useful free products and special deals, I’ve include direct links to them. This saves you the hassle of overfilling your own inbox.
Ancillary Investment Service Providers
- financial planners
- finance providers, mortgage brokers
- outsourcing services – IT services, virtual assistants,
- people who source property (such as developers, and real estate agents, buyer’s agents)
- property and strata managers
- quantity surveyors
- real estate agents and buyer’s agents
- stock brokers
Providers are listed here if:
- BiG or site subscribers have used and received great service from them, or
- they’ve paid to advertise here
You’re welcome to subscribe to BiG Updates.
I don’t buy any Google ads. If you have a business and do great stuff, I’d love you to advertise directly on BiG. Just contact me to discuss how (media pack is being developed). Your customers will of course be welcome to leave testimonials.
You’ll also find ancillary service providers in these industries and sites:
General comparison sites - Canstar, Choice, Compare the Market, Finder, Flying Solo, iSelect, MoneyHound, Mozo, Product Review, Rate City and more
BiG Tip: BEWARE of fake review scams eg Amazon fake reviews uncovered by this great worldwide site – Safety Detectives – Amazon Fake Reviews Scam Exposed in Data Breach They claim: “SafetyDetectives is a publishing group of cybersecurity experts, privacy researchers, and technical product reviewers located all over the world. And we all share the same mission — to give our readers accurate and valuable information so they can make informed decisions about staying safe, secure, and protected on the internet.
We test, compare, and review antiviruses, password managers, and virtual private networks (VPNs) using a robust testing methodology. It’s because of these high-stress testing procedures and strict publishing standards that we have become one of the internet’s go-to resources for information about consumer-based cybersecurity products. And that’s not a distinction we take lightly. We aim for the best, and we will never stop bringing our readers the highest quality in our reviews, articles, blog posts, and interviews.
In addition to our product reviews and comparisons, we maintain a distinguished fleet of cybersecurity researchers who employ white-hat hacking methods to find data leaks, security holes, and privacy breaches, oftentimes associated with major online retailers that have millions of users. Our white-hat hacking efforts have been widely featured in tech journals like Wired, TechCrunch, Engadget, and many more.
We’re here to help our readers in any way we can. The SafetyDetectives website is provided as a free resource for everyone to investigate, compare, and inquire about the best products, practices, and cybersecurity information available on the web.”
Here are some comparison sites to help you choose products and services:
Better Bills – Health (inc, Overseas Visitors) Insurance; Electricity and Gas providers. They claim: “founded by Tim Andrew and David Ingram to provide Australian consumers with a proper ‘fair go’ at getting the best prices from the widest range of providers, all in one place.”
Canstar They claim: “[is] Australia’s Biggest Financial Comparison Site. We compare more brands .There are a number of ways you can be the biggest
We thought about what ‘biggest’ means to customers and we think it’s somewhere you can go to compare the biggest range of brands so that you can be sure that you’re seeing the whole picture. Biggest means more brands – all the majors that you would expect to see plus lots of other providers too. We only count what you can compare. We have over 775 brands on the site… ”
Choice They claim: “We are the leading consumer advocacy group in Australia. Independent and member-funded, CHOICE is here to ensure that Australian consumers like you get a fair go. We want your voice to be heard loud and clear when it comes to anything consumer-related, from saving money to choosing the best products and services for your family, and we’re constantly on the look out for dodgy or misleading practices that might stop you from getting the best deal. We’ve been around for 60 years, so whether it’s campaigning for your rights, making shopping easier, testing products or giving unbiased advice about food, finance and health, CHOICE has the expertise to make sure you get the best information.”
see their How to find the best financial planner Before you pay an adviser, make sure they’re putting your needs first.
Compare the Market Compares: car, travel, health, life, home and contents insurance; roadside assistance; energy
finder.com.au Compares: Money; Utilities, Tech, Shopping and Travel
Flying Solo’s micro business directory – is a huge list of small businesses.
iSelect – Compares: Health, Car, and Life Insurance; Home Loans; Electricity; Gas and Broadband
Moneyhound, Yahoo – Compare credit cards; mobile phones; home loans; bank accounts; broadband plans; saving accounts; term deposits; personal loans; tablet plans; car loans; electricity; gas; life insurance; and car insurance.
They claim: ” helps you save money on your monthly bills… compare what you’re paying for all your monthly services against plans and prices from other providers to help you switch and save… Moneyhound will show you a comprehensive range of plans and products available in the Australian market based on your search criteria … search, compare, and fetch a better deal.”
Mozo They claim: “Over 300,000 Australians use our comparison tools each month to cut through the marketing noise and save themselves both time and money. Our award-winning website exists to help Australians easily compare banking, insurance and energy products to find the best deals for their needs.?”
National Product Review They claim: “Are you in the market for a new home appliance? Want to read up on the latest TV tech or view the newest fridges in your home? At National Product Review, you can do it all! National Product Review is Australia’s leading review site, designed to help you on your purchasing journey with a range of tools to assist from research to buying. You can view key product features, watch videos, read reviews and locate your closest retailer. Created by NARTA, an Integrated Retail Service Group, National Product Review lets you enjoy a simpler way to shop.”
Product review They claim: “is Australia’s first and most comprehensive consumer opinion site, online since May 2003. We provide a platform where people can rate and review services and products and the shops that sell them. It is consumer response – satisfied or not! On this site you will find real-life experiences and opinions voiced by Australians. We provide our users with the tools to easily find the items they are interested in, read what others have said about them and share their own experiences.”
Rate City (see their commissions/benefits from advertisers) They claim: “is one of Australia’s leading financial comparison websites. We’re here to help you make smarter decisions about your personal finances and help you find the right financial products. We compare a range of banking products, from home loans to credit cards, personal loans and car loans, superannuation funds, savings accounts and more. With access to over 13,000 financial products from over 250 providers, RateCity does the leg work for you – narrowing down thousands of potential options to find products that suit your lifestyle and rates to suit your budget.
RateCity’s sophisticated search tools mean you don’t have to visit hundreds of different websites to find the best deals. We show you side-by-side comparisons so you can see how a range of products stack up.
In short, we take the hassle out of finding the right financial products – saving you time and money.”
Financial Planners, advisers and accountants| How to find and choose good ones
Independence, fees and commissions:
Be wary when choosing a planner that you’re getting independent advice and that their fees are reasonable, based on the returns they can get. Cheapest doesn’t mean the best. Commissions should become more transparent and more closely regulated following the Financial Services Royal Commission.
These sites and articles will help you choose and compare financial advisers:
InvestSmart including Eureka Report and Business Spectator is a paid service and free “Insights” with highly respected Alan Kohler (the finance bloke on the ABC with the charts and the fab sense of humour!) and others. Grab a free 14 day trial of their broader services to see if they suit you.
Adviser Ratings (AR) “Australia’s first transparent and independent service to help you find, rate and review qualified financial advisers.”
CPAAustralia (CPA) “Find a CPA (certified practising accountant) or financial planner”
Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) – Directory to find a financial planner
Yellow Brick Road – “How to pick a planner”
Credit and Finance| Compare credit cards, Get financial information and advice
Compare Australian Credit Cards They claim: “Compare 250+ credit cards from 79 banks and brands. From low rate and no annual fee cards to 0% balance transfer and bonus points. Get the best offer for your needs and apply online.”
Money Buddy: They claim: “Based in Sydney, Money Buddy is an independent team of people interested in presenting personal finance information in a useful, easily-digested format. [It] covers home loans, credit cards, car loans, personal loans, bank accounts, tax, accounting, financial planning and calculators [and] features a local business directory for finding local business experts near you … we don’t endorse particular products or provide personal advice … We source our product data directly from institutions/providers and we keep this data as current as possible … [with our] search tool you can: Locate loan brokers or financial advisors in your area. Contact specific local businesses or allow us to match you with the best match. Search for local businesses specialising in home loans, car loans, personal loans, tax, accounting and financial planning.”
Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia (MFAA) They claim: “The peak national body representing over 13,000 professional finance brokers.”
Insurance - Life, General, Health and Funeral
MoneySmart (ASIC) Scott’s Pape’s protect your finances money challenge (Video)
Private Health They say is: “a wealth of background material on private health insurance in Australia, a list of every registered health fund in Australia, the ability to search for health insurance policies and compare what is covered in each policy you have chosen.”
Info choice (includes stock brokers)
Beware! Many funeral insurance policies play on your fear of death and guilt! Often prepaid funerals and funeral bonds are a much better alternative. Safer and cheaper and more regulated than insurance covers – suggests the Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association (CPSA).
Lawyers| Legal Advice| Legal Structuring| Contracts, Licensing, Trusts, Trademarks and other things legal...
What to do if you’ve received bad financial advice and watch All you need to know about financial disputes – Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
Lawyers aren’t there just for when things go wrong. So as you, get into investing, starting a business, buying a property, doing a joint venture, or get into legal trouble – choosing the legal advice tailored to your particular issue is vital. Most Law Societies list solicitors, barristers and their specialties. Areas where you might need legal advice (often overlapping with accountants) are:
- banking and finance
- business sale and purchase
- business structuring
- capital raising
- construction and infrastructure
- corporate and commercial
- corporate immigration
- data and privacy
- disputes and litigation
- information technology
- intellectual property
- mergers and acquisitions
- property and leasing
- regulatory and compliance
The Law Handbook – Legal Services Commission SA, is an example of an extensive free resources from States and various organisations. It helps you understand the law that might apply to you and your finances, business and more.
MoneySmart (ASIC) has a section on where you can get Free legal advice in Australia.
Fortunately competition and increasing consumer awareness mean increased transparency and reliance on testimonials to help you choose a lawyer.
Here are just a few online sites to help (I haven’t checked out the lawyers, but their guides look useful. Contact me with any feedback):
Find Your Investment Lawyer Here – Law Path
Hire your perfect lawyer They say: “Find, compare and hire lawyers on Australia’s largest lawyer marketplace”
How to Choose a Lawyer – Websters Lawyers, South Australia
How to Choose a Lawyer for Your Small Business – Rose Lawyers
How to Choose a Small Business Lawyer – SprintLaw
How to Find a Good Conveyancer or Solicitor – On Property
You’ll also find lots of online advice law firms, many with free legal articles and document/template libraries (sometimes a FREE first document), such as:
Lawpath – Extensive Legal Document Library (Free first document)
LegalVision which has a huge team in diverse areas of law and technology. They say: “is a commercial law firm with a commitment to innovation. We bring together lawyers and technologists to deliver efficient and cost-effective legal solutions for SMEs, startups and corporates across Australia and New Zealand.”
Local tradie find a service sites
The Complete Guide to Outsourcing and The 6 Best Online Outsourcing Websites of 2020 (and how to use them) of 2020 (and how to use them) – Time Doctor :
- Amazon’s Mechanical Turk
Property (Real Estate)| Property investment professionals, Real estate agents, Buyers agents - and how to choose good ones
Property investment professionals:
Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) “Our aim is to be the peak Property Investment Industry Association. Our members subscribe to a Code of Conduct which considers all consumers and commits to disclosure and a high standard of Best Practice. All of our members must work toward obtaining the Qualified Property Investment Adviser (QPIA®) qualification which will ensure that consumers can confidently deal with them, knowing that they have a minimum level of expertise and are continuing with regular professional development.”
Real estate agents:
In the BiG Shop (below) we only list real estate agents or other ancillary provides that we, or our members, have used, or who have paid for advertising (all are subject to comments and review).
We’re not a real estate agent ‘yellow pages’ as the internet already has many directories (e.g. in the various real estate institute member sites).
In many blogs and forums investors discuss their experiences with agents and real estate issues in general, such as commissions. Some are:
- Share Investing Strategies and Theories Forum PropertyChat (investing generally)
- PropertyChat – previously Somersoft (property)
- Whirlpool (internet in general)
Tips and Sites to help you find a real estate agent:
Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) Helping and protecting consumers with property investment
Sell my castle – Local Agent Finder
Don’t Rent Me “Review & list bad landlords, bad property managers and bad rental properties.”
Shares, Managed Funds and Superannuation
Guidelines from ASIC MoneySmart
How to Buy and Sell Shares
On a share exchange
There are five public share exchanges in Australia. Four of them directly supervise the companies that issue the shares that trade on their markets. The fifth exchange, Chi-X, currently only provides the infrastructure for trading shares already quoted on the ASX.
The four exchanges:
- Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) – the main securities exchange in Australia
- Chi-X – an exchange that trades company shares already quoted on the ASX, but does not list or supervise the companies
- National Stock Exchange of Australia (NSXA) – a securities exchange that lists about 70 small to medium sized companies
- SIM Venture Securities Exchange (SIM VSE) – an exchange for innovative companies involved in the clean technology, renewable energy and bio science field
Using a broker:
2 types of brokers:
- online or phone broking service or ‘discount’ or ‘execution only’ broker – make your own investment decisions, or
- full service broker – they provide advice and recommendations
Find a broker:
The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) find a broker tool
Aussie Investing 101 (Find a Broker) YouTube RASK
Check if the broker uses dark pools or internalisation to execute trades, as this may impact on the price you pay for shares.
Choosing a managed fund MoneySmart (ASIC)
Picking a Funds Manager clearday
Choosing a Superfund MoneySmart (ASIC)
These businesses mostly come from the Investing in You section, BiG and subscribers’ personal favourites and referrals.
Switched on Women is a new consumer movement for Australian women that aims to use the combined buying power of tens of thousands of women to unlock discounts and products and services targeted at women… [it] will harness the buying power of Australian women in order to incentivise business to:
Offer discounts to women on essential products and services such as energy, groceries and petrol. Release more products and services specifically targeted at women, such as health insurance. Women make up more than half of the population. More of us are working and more of us are the primary income earner in our households than ever before, but many products and services are not designed to meet the needs of women, many of whom work part-time, need to take time away from work, or face lower incomes than our male counterparts.
spending your money
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Disclaimer: The information and comments in this site are general in nature, opinion only and don’t take your personal financial circumstances into account. Our aim is purely to educate you and show you people and organisations in the finance and investing industries you may, or may not, choose to contact for personal financial advice. Any claims or comments of others are strictly those of the cited individual and not endorsed by Andrea or Best investment Gurus. Before you take any financial or investing action or buy any service or product - get your own independent financial advice, tailored to your specific needs.