Wealth creation strategies, topics and specialties

How can you build your wealth, make more money? Find out how.at this money and investing hub.

A basic investing principle is to diversify, to vary your strategies and investments.

 Some options and issues in the wealth industry include:

  • Choosing a financial planner or adviser
  • Choosing asset classes, such as Property, Shares, Commodities
  • Superannuation
  • SMSFs (self-managed superfunds) 

If an asset class, strategy, specialty or topic you’re interested in isn’t covered here in the wealth creation section, you may find it in another section.

Because wealth creation usually involves:

Check out these Wealth Creation Strategies and Topics

MoneySmart (ASIC) Part 1 Videos (Brilliant basic resources especially if you need help managing your money better or starting to invest)

MoneySmart (ASIC) Here’s their About video  (where you can subscribe to their YouTube Channel and access some helpful videos) where they say “As a key initiative under the National Financial Capability Strategy, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s [ASIC] Moneysmart program helps you take control of your financial life. The Moneysmart website provides free calculators, tips and guidance for all Australians so you can make informed decisions, manage your money day to day and plan for the future. Moneysmart also supports teachers across the country to teach students about money to prepare them for the real world. And ASIC works closely with Indigenous communities to tackle some of the most pressing financial issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’. Moneysmart is for all Australians, whatever your situation, wherever you find yourself in life. Because when it comes to managing your money we all need a place to start.”

Here’s the MoneySmart Playlist if you want to check out some investing basics, tips and tools: (I’ve added some links – you’re welcome!)




MoneySmart (ASIC) Part 2 Website | Lots of Resources and Topics |Great Glossary of $ and investing Terms

ASIC’s useful Glossary – help understand some tricky money and investing words and phrases
They say “We’re committed to helping Australians of all ages, backgrounds and incomes to increase their financial wellbeing and build a better life. Through the Moneysmart website we:

  • encourage saving
  • provide simple steps for the 1 in 3 people who feel stressed and overwhelmed by money
  • encourage informed use of financial products and services
  • increase retirement preparedness
  • provide specialist support for priority audiences”

Some of their extensive, useful resources and topics:

Banking and budgeting
Loans, credit and debt

How to invest

  • How to plan, choose and track your investments
  • Golden rules of investing
  • Investor toolkit (Love it!)
  • Develop an investing plan
  • Six steps to get ready to invest
  • Choose your investments
  • Diversification
  • Investing and tax
  • Borrowing to invest
  • Keep track of your investments

Financial advice

  • Financial advisers register
  • Choosing a financial adviser
  • Working with a financial adviser
  • Financial advice costs
  • Problems with a financial adviser


  • Choosing shares to buy
  • How to buy and sell shares
  • Keeping track of your shares
  • Employee share schemes

Managed funds and ETFs

  • Managed funds fee calculator
  • Choosing a managed fund
  • Exchange traded funds (ETFs)
  • Hedge funds
  • Listed investment companies (LICs)
  • Peer to peer lending

Property investment

  • Property schemes
  • Timeshares
  • SMSFs and property

Investments paying interest

  • Bonds
  • Debentures, secured and unsecured notes

Hybrid securities and notes

Investment warnings

  • Investment scams
  • Cryptocurrencies and ICOs
  • Investment seminars
  • Binary options
  • Land banking
  • Ponzi schemes
  • Company director fraud
  • Forex tradingSuper and retirement
  • How super works
  • Choosing a super fund
  • Types of super funds
  • Self-managed super funds (SMSF)
  • Getting your super
  • Find lost super
  • Consolidating super funds
  • Tax and super
  • Superannuation scams
  • Superannuation calculator
  • MySuper funds listGrow your super
  • Employer contributions calculator
  • How much super you need
  • Super contributions
  • Super for self-employed people
  • Super investment options
  • Super contributions optimiserRetirement income
  • Age Pension and government benefits
  • Super and pension age calculator
  • Transition to retirement
  • Retirement planner
  • Account-based pensions
  • Account-based pension calculator
  • Annuities
  • Super lump sum
  • Retirement income and tax
  • Downsizing in retirement
  • Reverse mortgage and home equity release
  • Reverse mortgage calculatorInsurance
  • How life insurance works
  • Life insurance calculator
  • Income protection insurance
  • Life cover
  • Total and permanent disability (TPD) insurance
  • Insurance through super
  • Life insurance claims comparison tool
  • Trauma insurance
  • Making a life insurance claim
  • Car insurance
  • Choosing car insurance
  • Claiming on your car insurance
  • No claim bonus on car insurance
  • Add-on insurance
  • Home insurance
  • Choosing home insurance
  • Contents insurance
  • Storm, flood and fire insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Funeral insurance
  • Pet insurance
  • Mobile phone, tablet and laptop insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Consumer credit insuranceMoneysmart for teachers
  • About Moneysmart for teachers
  • Teaching resources
  • Professional development for teachers
  • Moneysmart in schools






The Australian Investors Association

The Australian Investors Association (AIA) is a fantastic resource/community.

“The AIA believes that anyone can learn to invest and pave their way to financial freedom with a modest amount of time and effort. Financial education is relevant to all ages, so whether you are young and have an interest in making a start on your investment journey or if you are about to retire and don’t know what to do with your superannuation, then this site is for you.”

It has a lot of FREE STUFF in its Education Section including:

Investment basics – be clear on the basic principles of investing, improve your investing skills over time and avoid the costly pitfalls

Fixed interest – consider fixed income alternatives that may best suit your investing needs

Shares – learn how to invest in shares and the different ways ways you can approach share investing

Property – learn about the various type of property investments including residential and commercial property

Other investments – understand the range of investment options and make informed investment choices

Portfolio management – learn about investment strategies, administering your portfolio and the pros and cons of the DIY option

Superannuation – learn about superannuation to help you make the the most appropriate decisions on how to save your money, particularly for your retirement

Estate planning – learn about wills, powers of attorney, testamentary trusts and other important estate planning issues

The AIA will also help if you’re looking for extensive investing books list and reviews and Useful Websites & Newsletters covering:

General, Market Reports &/or Financials, Company Reports & Financials Data, Share Prices 20 minutes Delayed, Company Announcements to ASX, Company Price history daily, Company Price Charts, Watchlists, Portfolio Records, Finance & Business News and Commentary Australian, Finance & Business News and Commentary International, Fundamental Analysis & Recommendations, Administration/Educational Material, Company Operations Details, General details of Company Products, Details of Company major Shareholders, Directors Etc., Superannuation.

All set out in the categories:

Motivators, Coaches, Mentors – wealth, business, finance & other
The lists of finance, success and motivational books, CDs etc are endless. You’ll find them at Amazon, Random House and many other sites.

Some popular and often quoted books and authors are:

James Allen – As a Man Thinketh

Dale Carnegie – How to Win Friends and Influence People

Dr. Robert Cialdini – Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

George S. Classon – The richest man in Babylon

Stephen R. Covey – 7 Habits of highly effective people

Wayne Dyer – Your erroneous zones

Napoleon Hill – Think and grow rich and W. Clement Stone Success through positive mental attitude.  78 years ago, a journalist studied 500 rich men and boiled down their success into 13 steps Kathleen Elkins, Business Insider

Dr Spencer Johnson – Who moved my cheese?

Og Mandino – The greatest miracle in the world

Tony Robbins – Awaken the giant within and MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom

Bodo Schafer – The Road to Financial Freedom

David J Schwartz – The Magic of Thinking Big

Brian Tracy – Personal Success Made Simple

InvestSmart and Eureka Report

Eureka Report (now combined with InvestSmart) They say “provides astute investors with strategies and advice to grow their wealth.” 

 In 2015 the Eureka team set up brightday Superannuation and Superannuation Advice online(rated in our Guru section) which has fabulous tools for beginner and advanced investors and has an affiliation with OneVue ” an independent investment and superannuation platform business…” see Investing with brightday 4 Steps

Scott Pape, the Barefoot Investor

Note: Scott has changed paths a little, so this section will need updating

Scott Pape, the Barefoot Investor explains often complex financial and investing information clearly and simply, making it sound fun and achievable. Check out:

  • 6 Step Money Plan – ‘a plan to lead you to financial freedom’
  • His book The Barefoot Investor – Five Steps to Financial Freedom
  • His ‘serviette investing strategy’ Serviette Strategy – Bonus Report – v1.3 (1) has helped many people take hold of their finances and start investing successfully. He suggests boosting your income (e.g. promotion, extra business) and breaking down your income into 3 money buckets:
    • ‘blow’ – house, car, spending (use cash)
    • ‘mojo’ – online saver, property trust (aim 6 mths)
    • ‘grow’ – superannuation, shares, property investment (compound 7-10 yrs)
  • You can subscribe to his Free Weekly Wealth Letter
  • You can subscribe (pay) to his membership site barefootblueprint which entitles you to join the Barefoot Investor Face Book site. (gone now I think!)
Achieving goals, brain training & critical thinking
Mark Bouris podcast– love it! F#* goals and goal setting – ‘lofty ideals’ better!

Dr Stephanie A. Burns: Some interesting ideas about goal achievement  and Life exerts itself  – just in case you meet obstacles in achieving your goals.

Neuroplasticity and brain training:

Podcasts you will love: Music for your ears and food for your brain

Todd Sampson – can modern science turn your brain into a super brain? TV series Redesign My Brain

Qi. – No such thing as a Fish (podcasts)

Critical Thinking | Information and the Internet:

The Internet Makes Us Stupid and Here’s Why by Kabir Sehgal-  Fortune

How to teach students to think critically

Dreams and passions:

Dr Seuss Oh, the Places You’ll Go at Burning Man!

Alan Watts: What if money didn’t matter

Dr George Blair-West “Did he live with passion?” “The Greeks, when someone died, asked one question: Did he live with passion? … I attended the funeral of a close friend of more than 30 years who suicided … under the influence of the most severe, treatment-resistant depression I have ever come across…. part of a larger, complicated condition of Bipolar Disorder…”

Compound Interest

MoneySmart (ASIC)

Financial Literacy
The National Financial Literacy Strategy is led by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). It provides a practical framework for action to guide and encourage all those with a role to play in improving financial literacy for Australians. Improving financial literacy is a long-term behavioural change initiative. It requires a multi-faceted approach and sustained action over time to bring about gradual improvement.” Extensive research on a broad range of topics including – Australians Understanding Money
Life, TPD, Trauma, Income Protection

4 key questions to get your insurance right by Christine St Anne Switzer Daily

Investing articles

 It’s About Wealth and Me by Noel Whittaker

MoneyMinded (ANZ & others) 

Here’s The Smart Way To Start Investing Young – Christian Hudspeth Business Insider

How to get started investing – BT Financial Group

How to invest – Money Morning

Finance Fundamentals: Investment Theory and Practice Free Course Open University  They say “Learn how to invest your money by looking at what investment strategies are open to you, and the risks and returns of each.”

wikiHow  How to invest (USA, basic – but cute graphics!)

Kids and Money
Teaching Kids about Money ASIC MoneySmart

Journey Skills Leading Young People With Additional Needs Toward Greater Independence Debra and Graham Caldow

Money Management | Help with Financial decisions after bushfires

 Managing your money after a bushfire (YouTube) MoneySmart (ASIC) Scott Pape (plus others in the 6 video series )


MoneyMinded “Develop your money skills for free … If you’re looking to create a budget, reduce your debt or save more regularly.”

MoneySmart Free Budget Planner and TrackMySPEND “Track your personal expenses on the go with this free easy-to-use app.”

PocketBook “By connecting to your banks, we give you a real-time health-check of your personal finances – any time and at your fingertips.”

Property vs Shares
Why invest in shares – some ‘pros’:

  • liquidity
  • low entry and exit costs
  • little active management
  • enter the property market through vehicles such as real estate investment trusts (REITs/(Australian) AREITs) and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)

Why not to invest in shares – some ‘cons’:

  • volatility/risk
  • lack of personal control and ability to add value
  • too much or too little knowledge and understanding about the company, its business, its board and management

You might invest in shares because you’re not comfortable investing in property because of:

  • pressures on borrowing, affordability and capital growth – in current financial times (see Michael McNamara below)
  • property bubbles (see Michael McNamara below)
  • the need for active management
  • vacancy and tenancy risks

Commentary and resources:

Free risk profile test Bruce Brammall Risk profile for dmw.com.au
How much will you need to retire? ASFA Retirement Standard benchmarks the annual budget needed by Australians to fund either a comfortable or modest standard of living in the post-work years. It is updated quarterly to reflect inflation, and provides detailed budgets of what singles and couples would need to spend to support their chosen lifestyle.

Super Reality Check Busting the $1 million retirement myth August 2015 AIST (Aus. Institute of Superannuation Trustees) and VPR have considered the value of superannuation to members facing retirement with relatively low balances. We aim to debunk the myth that $1 million is necessary for a dignified retirement and provide much-needed clarity about how even small amounts of super can make a big difference in retirement.”

* Investment Bonds Scott Pape “an alternative/addition to superannuation that financial planners won’t recommend! 10yr set and forget investment …

Pros – more flexible and doesn’t lock up your $ (like super), great tax advantages for high income earners, great for 20-30yr olds”

As a rule, BiG doesn’t recommend superannuation fund services and managers. But because brightday is an off shoot of the highly credible Eureka Report, Alan Kohler and team – we will! Their wealth of useful resources and no doubt (although we haven’t used them to manage our shares or SMSF) expertise will be a great advantage for investors (basic and advanced). Here’s how: brightday (How they work) provide different levels of investor control and education. Tailored to whether you’re a beginner, experienced, or advanced. They have fabulous free resources such as:

Superannuation generally:

SuperGuide “is Australia’s only INDEPENDENT website for consumers on superannuation. SuperGuide was founded by Trish Power, author of Superannuation for Dummies, DIY Super for Dummies, Super Freedom, and many other books on super and investing, and Robert Barnes.”

Super Guru

Mark Bouris:

Stay Informed about your super “We have a responsibility to ensure people understand superannuation. “

Ethical Superannuation: funds such as Australian Ethical Superannuation

Transition to Retirement:

Transition to Retirement Pensions (TRIPS) SuperGuide

Property investing and superannuation:

Larry Schlesinger, Property Observer: “SMSF property spruikers competing with charity muggers on Melbourne street corners” and “Melbourne sandbelt SMSF property spruikers face ASIC probe over seminar advertising“

Women and superannuation:

“I am largely concerned that we are pushing women away from super, especially if the current system is forcing them to turn away, or turn off completely.” Mark Bouris and other Bouris articles:

Fixing the super gender gap – Christine St Anne Switzer Daily

Simple Solutions to Fix Women’s Super – Noel Whittaker

ASIC turns focus to women’s finances “According to the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia, women aged 60-64 have on average $104,734 in their super balances, while men have $197,054.”

It’s Time to Lean In – Tracy Spicer

Women retire with 43% less super – Stephanie Zillman

Let’s not pretend the ‘bad decisions’ of women are to blame for the gap in super balances – Richard Denniss

Women – money, leadership, business & investing

One of many™ Website, Blog, Podcast.  They claim to be “women leading the change they want to see in the world”. Some of their stuff:

How Does Money Stop You Making a Difference? (Podcast) Joanna Martin and Ann Wilson

MoneySmart (ASIC):
Women and Money Infographic
Women’s money toolkit
Women with Cents
The secret to Warren Buffett’s success? He invests like a woman
8 TED Talks women need to watch
Top 50 Australian female entrepreneurs under 40
Adelaide Oval: where women count for nought

Some great articles: (Any you want to share? I’ll add more as I find them)
50 Motivational Quotes From Disruptive, Trailblazing, Inspiring Women Leaders

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