Big Tips: These non government people and companies can help you avoid bad investments, operators, or unprofessional conduct (see too Government watchdogs in Guru Cops) :
General money and finance advice or advocacy
- Choice They say: ‘is independent and transparent … [its] one clear mission: to ensure the consumer voice is heard loudly and clearly… [it] empowers consumers to get the most out of all their purchasing decisions by providing a mix of advocacy and advice… the people’s watchdog … constantly looking out for misleading or unhelpful practices that stop you from getting the best deal. The leading consumer advocacy group in Australia … [it]campaigns to protect and assist consumers through changes to laws and industry behaviour… completely self-funded [it] prides itself on delivering expert, unbiased information you can trust.”
- CreditorWatch They say: “search for any business in Australia to analyse their credit report. Review your customer’s credit history and identify adverse information including registered defaults, court actions, insolvency notices and mercantile enquiries. You can also purchase a company’s credit score and payment predictor information to populate the credit report with even more data. This will help you assess the company’s risk and payment behaviour over a 12 month period before choosing to do business with them.”
- Banking and Finance Consumers Support Association (BFCSA) founder Denise Brailey is Australia’s leading consumer advocate.
- Word of Mouth They claim “is the No 1 business review site in Australia. It’s a user-generated directory where people share the experiences they have with businesses – both good and bad. Every day, Word of Mouth helps thousands of people find awesome businesses (and avoid dodgy operators). As well as helping consumers get better service, Word of Mouth also helps good businesses stand out from the crowd and be recognised for providing great service. We all know how powerful a recommendation is, but with our busy lives it’s sometimes hard to have that over-the-fence chat with our neighbours to find out where they get their hair cut or their car serviced. But who doesn’t want to hear about a great new restaurant that’s just opened, a fantastic plumber that won’t rip you off, or a dentist that makes the experience pleasant?”
Stock market, shares, companies
- Wealth Within (shares)
- Stephen Mayne The Mayne Report (shareholders)
- Trading Schools (USA) (share trading) They say: “was founded in 2013 as a review website that provides unbiased and honest reviews about all sorts of investment products. We write about trading educators, newsletter providers, trading software, live trading rooms, brokers, etc. We dig up the dirt and relentlessly search for the truth. We have nothing to sell. The entire site runs on income from Google Adsense advertising. We won’t write fake reviews about fraudulent products hoping to make a quick affiliate commission. We will also give you the inside scoop on the best and brightest trading products available.”
- Check out creator Emmett Moore’s Jordan Belforte like history, reason for the site – fact stranger than fiction!
- Neil Jenman (real estate)
- Margaret Lomas Destiny (real estate)
- John T Reed [USA] (Real Estate BS Artist Detection Checklist)
- InvestChat (now PropertyChat) They claim “is an Australian Investment and Wealth Management Community… a community for investors in Australia to share knowledge, learn together and support each other in their wealth creation endeavours. [it] covers all aspects of investing, but specialises in financial planning, portfolio construction, discussion of managed funds and ETFs, using property and shares together in a complementary portfolio and structures such as trusts and self managed super funds (SMSF) and protecting your wealth using insurance.”
Its Forums, Community and Resources include:
- Investing Basics
- General Investing Discussion
- Investing Strategies
- Money Management
- The Economy
- Financial Planning
Study Groups (Sub-community for people taking investment related courses)
- Financial Planning Study Group
Shares and Managed Funds (Sharemarket and equity based investments and managed funds)
- Managed Funds & Index Funds
- Exchange Traded Funds (ETF)Listed Investment Companies (LIC) and Trusts (LIT)
- Real Estate
- Real Estate Investment Trusts (A-REIT / LPT)
Advanced Investing Techniques (Generating money through advanced or risky techniques)
- Business & Startup Investing – Investing directly in businesses (including franchises), passively or actively.
- Startup investing, angel finance, private equity, etc.
- Trading -Trading share, options, currency, etc
- Alternative investments – such as hedge funds, precious metals, rare coins, wine, art, etc
Managing Wealth Discussions
- Accounting, Tax & Legal
- Finance & Banking
- Superannuation, SMSF & Personal Insurance
- Investor Resources & Tools- Books, magazines, websites, seminars, software, anything of use to investors
Estate Planning – Wills, Probate, Testamentary trusts
Service Provider Directory
Investing Resources – Glossary, Articles, Reviews
Investing Resource Repository
PropertyChat [is a property investing forum launched in June 2015 built by the group who built and managed Somersoft Investing Forums.] They claim “[we] provide a way that property investors can learn about property investment from fellow investors … the forum is a place for investors to: Discuss property investment issues in general; Share reviews and recommendations on a wide variety of investment resources and services (everything from events, books, software, websites, sources of finance, property-accountants, etc); Help each other evaluate property investment opportunities; Keep abreast of important education events (courses, seminars, workshops, etc); Keep up to date on the latest innovative investment techniques; Make friends, keep in touch, motivate, support and mentor each other … [the] Forum [is] a natural extension of what Jan and I have been trying to achieve through our books and software tools: to help fellow property investors and potential property investors gain the knowledge necessary to confidently invest in real estate.
Jamie McIntyre, 21st Century University and more] Jamie McIntyre Exposed (a deleted website) Supreme Court orders Google Australia to release details of creators of website. “Jamie McIntyre Exposed” no longer active They claimed “VICTIMS OF JAMIE MCINTYRE are now UNITED!! We’ve had ENOUGH of being ripped off. This web site was set up to expose the truth about Jamie McIntyre. As you will see from the content, there are many people who feel they have been ripped off by this bloke! The goal of this site is primarily to allow people to share legitimate concerns about dealing with Mr Jamie McIntyre.”
Consumers’ Federation of Australia CFA They say “is the peak body for consumer organisations in Australia. [It] represents a diverse range of consumer organisations, including most major national consumer organisations.”
Specific industry consumer advocate organisations:
Consumer Health Forum (CHF) they claim “is the peak organisation providing leadership in representing the interests of Australian healthcare consumers. We work to achieve safe, good quality, timely healthcare for all Australians, supported by the best health information and systems the country can afford.”
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Friends of Science in Medicine they say: “was established in late 2011 by five founding members from a cross-section of concerned professionals, each with a long but different history of involvement in educational activities fostering good science in Medicine.
Australia has recently seen an increase in the use of ‘complementary and alternative medicines’ (CAMs), at considerable cost to the public who use these unproven interventions. In parallel, the teaching by our universities and colleges of many courses based on clearly non-scientific principles have alarmed academic and clinical researchers, health professionals and informed lay persons. In early 2011, the founding members publicly raised their concerns about a clinic for children operating in association with a Chiropractic course at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. In September 2011, they and an initial 29 Friends protested to the Vice-Chancellor of the Central Queensland University when it announced its Chiropractic course for 2012.
Initial support from many colleagues prompted a larger campaign to attract more Friends of FSM. Overwhelming success within a few weeks led the founders to write to the Vice-Chancellors of all Australian universities, urging them to support the principle of good science in Medicine and to review their teaching of health courses not based on science … We welcome suggestions from Friends as to our future strategy. The initial members, with the recent addition of an ordinary member, now form our first executive.
FSM has some natural friends and allies with websites that complement and add information relevant to the principles and commitments of FSM. We would appreciate further suggestions for appropriate links from critical thinking groups.
- Australian Skeptics Inc
- Bad Science
- Campaign for science-based health care
- DS’c Improbable Science
- Health Information
- Health Watch
- Institute for Science in Medicine
- Real Science
- Science-Based Medicine
- Sense about Science
- Skeptical Medicine
Society for Neuroscience – Brain facts