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Trek to Give Hope – He Made It!

Today the Bob’s Blood Angels reached their ultimate goal of trekking to Everest Base Camp. It was a 9hr trek and easily the most difficult thing I have ever done.

As you know I dedicated this trek to my clients, friends, and family members that have passed after a brave fight against cancer. In honour of them I prepared a scarf with their names that I left with the prayer flags at Base Camp.

I also would like to extend my trek to those that have passed from this awful disease that I have not known or had a connection with.

To help fund cancer research and support underprivileged kindergarten kids in Artsakh please support my fundraiser by clicking on the following link and sharing this post to all your friends. Thank you

ManlyFS In the Community

Raffi Pailagian, Managing Partner of Manly Financial Services, is gearing up for a huge 2018.

2018 is an important year as Raffi is tackling the Everest Base Camp trek in March-April this year in honour of clients and friends that have or are fighting illness such as cancer, and raising funds for 2 causes that are important to him. Raffi will be taking on this challenge with his fellow Bob’s Blood Angels and Bob himself, who is fighting his own fight against Leukemia.


Are 9.5% Super Guarantee Contributions Enough to Retire Comfortably in Sydney Today?

The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) Retirement Standard updates for the December 2016 quarter showed retiree couples in Sydney will need between $640,000 (if they own their own home) and more than $1 million (if they are renting) to retire in Sydney. With house prices in Sydney showing no signs of coming down to earth and continued strong demand for housing from young families to retirees, will retirees have enough to maintain a modest standard of living off the 9.5% Super Guarantee contributions alone?


Begs the question why the Government is reducing the contribution levels from pre-tax salary into super from 1 July 2017 when they would much prefer more self-funded retirees instead of those relying on the Centrelink Age pension.

See the article from Money Management: http://www.moneymanagement.com.au/news/superannuation/renting-retirees-need-1m-asfa

Pauline Hanson, Dr Google, & the Value Equation

Over the weekend we saw one of our Federal Senators (who are arguably running the country) tell Australians during an interview that parents should do their OWN research when deciding to vaccinate their children. As a parent myself I think it is imperative to be informed of the issues, benefits, and potential risks for anything that involves my children; but at   the end of the day instead of trusting Dr Google I will trust the advice of my GP. I may inform myself of the opinions of the pro and con vaccination camps to be better informed, and then would base my decisions on the advice of my GP who knows my child and has the experience, skills, and knowledge required to steer my family in the right direction as far as our health is concerned.

Makes sense, right? Well the same thing is occurring in the investment world where individuals are focusing on investments (this property, this share,….), conducting some limited research, and then basing their investment decisions on results from Google without considering the potential outcomes, risks, tax or Government support implications, and whether the strategy will meet their overalls needs and goals.

The main reasons for this seems to be drawn out from the low-cost culture we are in today where we are all looking for the cheapest price as opposed to the best deal, where the ‘best deal‘ is the most amount of Value for the price. We price shop on legal, accounting, and financial advice just like we compare the price per 100g of groceries at the supermarket. In the Financial Planning industry unfortunately the ‘Compare the Pair‘ ads have taken the focus away from Value Added Advice and Strategy to Low Cost Product Sales, which industry super funds are; but at the end of the day this is like comparing apples to oranges, as a good end investment product will only be appropriate and work for someone if it is consistent with the goals and objectives of the individual from a Holistic perspective considering tax, risk, potential growth, time-frame, and other such factors.

To highlight the value of advice over the coming weeks we will be blogging about the mistakes that were made and lessons learned during the GFC to serve as a reminder for all of us in these volatile and uncertain times. These perspectives can’t be delivered by an investment product – cheap or expensive – or its providers, but can be addressed by a professional adviser who provides Value through advice that meets a client needs and is in their best interests – Value through experience, Value through education, Value through lessons learnt.

The following video shows how an individual can build their own personal finance team and directing them towards their goals and objectives.

Building Your personal Finance Team


A Family Who Talks About Money

Did you know that on average it takes a recipient of inheritance 19 days until they buy a new car? What are your thoughts on whether this a financially-savvy way to spend an inheritance?

In our busy lives talking about money with our family members may prove to be a daunting and sometimes an emotional subject to bring up, especially around the dinner table.We may think that if we do not disclose our wealth we will encourage hard work, and by putting our chips on the table our family may start to become lazy and entitled. Read More