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Money, Money, Money

Equity Mates

Words: Miles Tiley

 

Equity Mates is a podcast about investing and was recently ranked third among Australian finance podcasts by Finder. The show is run by two ANU graduates in their spare time: Alec Renehan, a Sydney Swans fan who studied Law and Asia-Pacific Security and graduated in 2016, and Bryce Leske, an Essendon Bombers fan who was studying classical percussion before the funding cut to the School of Music in 2012. Thereafter he studied a Bachelor of Business, graduating in 2015. Alec currently works for Coles, and Bryce for Woolworths.

 

The two met in their first year and later lived together in a sharehouse. They had a mutual desire to learn more about investment, and created the Equity Mates podcast as a way to share their journey with their listeners.

 

Equity Mates is an introduction to investing from the ground up. They cover the absolute basics, introduce and simplify important concepts and ultimately explain how to choose better investments.

 

Alec explains further: “The podcast follows Bryce and my investing journey as we develop our investing knowledge, speak to expert investors and unpack recent investing news. Each episode is 15 minutes – so it’s a good way to learn to invest in 15 minutes or less.”

 

“We’ve had some notable guests, including former treasurer Wayne Swan, ABC finance host Alan Kohler, Executive Director of East 72 Andrew Brown and notable Australian businesswoman Susan Oliver. Another one was former Sydney Swans player Ted Richards who is working in finance now.”

 

“I guess my biggest piece of advice would be to cut out the day-to-day noise and invest for the long term. Understanding the compounding effect of long term investments is a great way to build wealth.”

 

Their most recent episodes have covered market corrections, the Trump-China trade war and Tesla’s recent troubles. The website also features a blog with articles such as Understanding Volatility and 7 Common Mistakes To Avoid When You Start Investing. Their website is equitymates.com – check them out if you want to learn about investing!

 

Equity Mates team looking happy with guest speaker Andrew Brown
Equity Mates Bryce Leske and Alec Renehan with guest speaker Andrew Brown.

Planet Money

Words: Zoe Halstead

 

What motivates someone to become an insider trader?

Is there any difference between $15 and $100 vodka?

What does it take to make a t-shirt, from a cotton farm to Cotton On?

 

NPR’s Planet Money answers all the questions you didn’t know you had, in just 20 minutes.

 

As someone who never made it past the micro one mid-sem exam, let’s just say that economics is not my strong suit. But, Planet Money’s 2008 exposé “The Giant Pool of Money” had me understanding how sub-prime mortgages led to the GFC long before The Big Short sexualized Margot Robbie to make economics ‘accessible’.

 

Whether you’re struggling to understand first year economics or just keen to learn something new, Planet Money has got your back!

 

 

Bad With Money

Words: Mia Jessurun

 

Gaby Dunn is a writer, actress and activist; also, she’s unbelievably cool. In Bad With Money, she brings a refreshing voice to some frankly unrefreshing topics.

 

Bad With Money explores the realities of grappling with America’s broken financial system as a young person. In the first season, the show focuses on Gaby’s own experience – by the second, it expands to cover a much broader and more diverse range of topics. The show strikes an amazing balance; although it focuses on all the complex ways the system is rigged against anyone who isn’t a rich, white, middle-aged straight man from a middle-class background, it doesn’t paint millennials as powerless. Instead, Gaby gets and gives genuine financial advice on muddling through in the system as it stands, without giving into the gripes of personal failure and responsibility so often enmeshed in personal financial planning. In this way, she frames it as a chance for young people who haven’t grown up financially literate – which typically means anyone who didn’t grow up wealthy, because as she highlights, this knowledge is almost exclusively learnt in the home – the chance to learn alongside her.

 

Perhaps my favourite element is Gaby’s interviewing style. She has all sorts of people on the show, from financial professionals to her own friends and family, and encourages a level of candour and insight that makes every guest interesting to listen to. And she’s not afraid to challenge them – when guests fail to recognise the role of privilege in the financial system, she’ll ask them about it, and you get the sense that she’s happy to feature other points of view, but will never simply accept them and move on.

 

I’ll admit I was sceptical at first, because I love Gaby but would’ve said I had no interest or knowledge of personal finance, but I’ve been well-and-truly won over. Despite the American context, I’ve learnt plenty from this show that has changed the way I see the world – but also enjoyed every episode.

 

Season Three of Bad With Money started last week.