Day 30 of BiG’s 30 Day Bucket List Investing Challenge


Investing regrets,
Investing B.S.and Investing boot camps

Congratulations to YOU, you’ve made it to the final day of BiG’s 30 Day Investing Challenge. Hopefully you’ve learnt a lot about yourself and where you’d like to head in life.

I hope too that the experience helps you avoid financial and investing regrets, disasters, and B.S..

1. Investing BiG Regrets

A common investing regret is not to have started earlier. For me, growing up in a blue collar family, investing was for the professionals, the wealthy.

Often tied in with this is the mistake of not realising the magic of compounding. Understanding this vital concept will make a huge difference to your financial success. Check out money and investing legend Noel Whittaker’s work and other analysts and commentators such as  5 Great Charts on Investing – Priority1 Wealth acknowledging Dr Shane Oliver, Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist AMP Capital.

Let Edith Piaf sing you through your regrets and any investing speed humps.

2. Investing B.S.

Slick marketing, sales tactics and grandiose claims are common in finance and investing. Get rich quick, pyramid and other schemes and just a lack of transparency have, and will continue to trap investors. Governments through ASIC, the ACCC and others try to counter them, but are often slow, cumbersome and ineffective. No wonder respected analysts like Alan Kohler mount their own revolutions to try to prevent injustices (ie his Eureka Report Day 23 to stop the unfair commissions charged by financial advisers. Although the life insurance industry is still exempt from the recent banning of commissions – beware!).

Hence the reason we show you the Guru Cops. To help you watch out for the property, share trading, forex and other spruikers with their foolproof ‘systems’. Even the internet sales gurus who have the shoeless selling shoes online within minutes (see Day 16)!

B.S. ( a given in the property investment industry) John T. Reed helps you identify and avoid it.

3. Investing Boot Camps

The investing quick fix, so many crazy claims. A recent article for a CFD trading system claimed a successful investor spent just a few minutes a day on her trades, off to yoga and walk on the beach for the rest of the day – investing done, sorted!

There are plenty of reputable training providers, such as Udemy’s ‘Value Investing Bootcamp: How to Invest Wisely
Learn the Secrets of the Best Stock Investors, Manage Your Own Portfolio, And Earn Market Beating Returns”

London 2012 Protest against Public Service Cuts
Always more than one way to see things!
Here are two placards we saw in a street protest in London. The protestor (L), the bystander, although a tad harsh (R). Investing mentalities and approaches are often just as diametrically opposed.

BiG shows you how to avoid investing traps, avoid getting frustrated, overwhelmed or As Mad As Hell about the investing industry. It shows you that not whingeing and just getting on with investing is always the better option.

During my life, extensive travel and varied working career – nursing, law, management and more, I’ve seen:

  • lives cut short before people have had the chance to experience many of life’s gifts
  • people working in jobs they hate or with narcissistic bosses who treat them with distain
  • injustices of class and patriarchal political, economic and social systems
  • people too insecure to take opportunities, for fear of embarrassment or making a mistake

 What’s stopping you?

Whatever it takes for you to change those things holding you back from achieving a happier life – usually that involves more financial freedom – we hope you get some help from the people and resources that we share with you in BiG.

Thanks for joining in on the Challenge.

Love to get your feedback – email or leave a comment.

I’d also be delighted if you find BiG and my work helpful, and share it with friends, family and others who want to build on their investments. (Just click on the “Subscribe” green button to the right and be part of the Challenge and receive our updates – free!)

All the very best with your life, money and investing.



Our BiG 30 Day Investing Challenge::

Day 1 – Take over your life, before it overtakes you
Day 2 – Where the Bloody Hell Are You?! Assessing your current financial situation
Day 3 – The Lazy Investor’s Way to Set Goals
Day 4 – Spoilt for Choice! The Many Types of Investments and Strategies Available to You – the Investor!
Day 5 – Who Can You Turn to for Investing Help? People and ‘Players’ in the Investment Industry
Days 6 – 8 Rest, Review and Reflect
Day 9 – How to choose a financial adviser and advice you can trustPart 1 – Financial planners
Day 10 – Part 2 – Rate the Raters! Investing Rating sites, Top 10 …, Best …
Day 11 – Part 3 – The Investing Information Tsunami!Media, Books, Magazines, Websites, Blogs, Podcasts, Webinars …
Day 12 – Part 4 – Less Regulated Advisers – Analysts, Commentators and Gurus
Days 13 – 14 Rest, Review and Reflect
Day 15 – Part 5 – Less Regulated Advisers – Gurus
Day 16 – Who are the best investment gurus? Part 1| Avoid some Gurus
Day 17 – Part 2| Find a Guru
Day 18 – Part 3| Rate a Guru
Day 19 – Part 4| Choose a Guru
Days 20 – 21 – Rest, Review and Reflect
Day 22 –  Time to invest – just do it! Step 1 Use Neuroscience and Psychology – Investing Hope to Reality
Day 23 – Step 2 Choose your investing team – or DIY Investing
Day 24 – Step 3 Be a smarter, more intelligent investor
Day 25 – BiG 30Day Investing Challenge | Time to invest – just do it! Step 4 Build your own investing plan and strategy
Day 26 – Step 5 Investment Shopping
Days 27-28  Rest, Review and Reflect
Day 29BiG30Day Investing Challenge – Haven’t Started Investing Yet? Maybe You’re Dreamin’?

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