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Do we need finance books for women (or minorities)?

Look up the words ‘finance’ and ‘women’ on a bookselling site like Amazon (not that I’d recommend you buy anything from them) and you’ll find over ten thousand books.

Switch out ‘women’ for ‘men’, and you’ll find half as many. And most of these simply mention the word ‘man’ or ‘men’ in their titles in a generic sense. They’re referring to the whole human race rather than men specifically. Others, such the troubling Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man are actually aimed at women (and not really about finance at all).

But do we even need separate books on finance for women and men? And why are there so many more books aimed at women?

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What is your New Years Revolution?

Here we are, at the end of another year. A time for many of us to reflect on the twelve months which have just passed us by, and to look ahead to the next twelve to come. To think about where our money went, perhaps, and how we might spend it – or get it to work for us – differently in the new year. But this year, I want to talk not about new years’ resolutions, but revolution.

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Are you writing your own script?

You may not realise it, but you are a script writer.

Every day, you are writing the script of your life. And just like in the movies, what you write into the script today will influence the eventual outcome of the story.

As Susan David writes in ‘Emotional Agility’, ‘We may not drive convertibles past palm trees or take meetings with movie stars, but each of us, in our own way, is a Hollywood screenwriter. That’s because, every minute of every day, we’re writing the scripts that get screened at the cinema inside our heads.’

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When should I pay off my mortgage?

The typical mortgage in Australia comes with a 25 or 30 year term. But that doesn’t mean you should aim to pay off your mortgage over a three decade period.

The end date on your mortgage document is like a speed limit.

It’s not something to aspire to. It’s something you should try to stay well under.

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