Americans have a firm belief that anyone can be President of the United State of America - I mean fu**, look at the current guy . . . if he can, right? It’s a wonderful ideology, yet if you reviewed the last six Presidents, you’re trawling back to Ronald Reagan in 1981. Australia, well, we do things differently down here. Not only do we believe that everyone should have a shot at the title, but we’re doggedly trawling the population for a leader - in May we shall have another election, and are in course to appoint our seventh Prime Minister in nine years. Seventh!!!
Australia is laughably easy to govern. We’re a passenger country, sitting on the banana boat enjoying the ride and hoping not to be thrown about wildly whilst the crazy bastards driving swish left and right arguing the course. Is that a ramp ahead? Smile like you’re enjoying yourself . . . and brace! But still, we’re just happy to be invited. We have some introspection for burgeoning racism, immigration and climate change, but nothing unsolvable.
After reading Scott Pape’s Barefoot Investor and Tony Robbin’s The Money Game, I took the plunge to invest in some ETF’s and Index Trackers. The idea is that you continually input into trackers over time off-setting the occasional blips. Yup, that’s right, sell all your shares, because me investing is a sure-fire way of the entire market collapsing. You think I jest? I bought my first shares in July and August 2008. That . . . that didn’t go well for me or anyone else on Planet Earth. For reference, the shares for you to get out of whilst you still can are the Vanguard US Total Market Shares Index ETF, the Vanguard MSCI World ex-Australia and the Argo LIC that invest in Australia’s top 100 companies. The last is a little bit of a gamble but we’ll see!
After finishing Adrianna Huffington’s Thrive, I’m currently re-reading the excellent I, Partridge and the stark Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, a psychologist and Holocaust survivor. Sweet Jesus, man’s inhumanity to man is astonishing. Will leave you with this from Adrianna, one of the many excellent and inspiring excerpts from an absolute litany of wonderful quotations.
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