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Geniuses Wipe Out Investment Funds

GENIUSES WIPE OUT INVESTMENT FUNDS One of my very first trades was a classic buy high and sell lower scenario. It was one of those defining moments that is forever etched into my memory and the lessons learned remain strong. Back when I was starting out investing (read gambling there), I decided to buy a small mining stock Helix (HLX) on the basis of, well Greg the computer guy – he gave me the inside word. Yes, I thought I was a genius and was going to make a bucket of bills – ten-fold my money was the plan! But you no doubt already know the end to this story and the subsequent lessons learned. As you can appreciate, I took a beating the day I sold, both emotionally and financially, despite it being a small loss in the […] 150

Depreciation 2

DEPRECIATION PART 2 For property investors depreciation is a vital contributor to tax deductions and an integral part of the income and capital gain equation. Professional investors use this to their advantage but many mum and dad investors are ignorant of these highly lucrative tax rules. In this Series we will explain exactly what depreciation is and how savvy investors use it to their benefit. Part 1 – Explains the key components of depreciation and the different types. Part 2 – Demonstrates how depreciation deductions can dramatically improve your cashflow allowing you to build bigger, more profitable property investment portfolios. In further instalments of this Depreciation series, will work through cash flow examples, clarify misconceptions in the media and even observe some different political opinions on the subject! All this and more, in the Depreciation Series. 150

Walk and Learn

WALK AND LEARN Walking is a wonderful way get some exercise, see some sights and learn about history while continually observing how our Five Drivers manifest into both our economy and land prices. Ian and I set off to conquer 25km of the Clare Valley Riesling Trail, while my mum, Michele, and her very good friend Viv, walked from Henley Beach to Adelaide City along the Linear Park bike track. We were walking as part of our 50Fifty Challenge. THE RIESLING TRAIL The Riesling Trail started life as a railway line between the postcard towns of Riverton & Clare in the beautiful Clare Valley north of Adelaide. Originally it was the discovery of Copper at Burra that saved South Australia from potential bankruptcy in 1845 with Clare providing […] 150
By | 2018-09-24T14:39:23+00:00 September 21st, 2018|Cycles, Technology|0 Comments

Fifty50 Challenge

FIFTY50 CHALLENGE There are several guaranteed ways to wealth that I can think of: Choose your parents wisely Choose your partners carefully Choose your country shrewdly As Australians, it’s this last point that we have all got right. We talk endlessly about the 5 underlying drivers of our economy and while those 5 drivers remain embedded into the underlying DNA of our economy, they must manifest into a Boom Bust cycle. Understanding these drivers provides us with an enormous competitive advantage in the investment decisions we make. The quality of these drivers ensures the productive nature of our economy continues to advance at a rapid rate. We take our superior infrastructure for granted. Our quality network of roads, water, communication and electricity and our education system is supported by pre-schools, schools, universities and other learning institutes. Although many […] 150
By | 2018-09-21T11:25:55+00:00 June 8th, 2018|Cycles|0 Comments

Growing Up

GROWING UP I loved the long summer school break as a kid. Spending days at the beach and riding about with my mates. Occasionally we went away for a week or two as a family, but those summer holidays were long and ensured that there was plenty of time to spend with mates. Winter is here and although the cold has set in, as a family we’ve been discussing what to do over the upcoming June break. The family is split – skiing in the snow or chase the golden sun? My two boys, Judd and Rhett are very similar in many ways but also so different. One for the snow. One for the sun. Although there is only 17 months between them, physically they look decades apart! Juddy (14 yrs old) looks almost a man standing 186 cm,  yet “Little Rhettsy” barely […] 150
By | 2018-09-21T11:30:36+00:00 June 1st, 2018|Cycles|0 Comments

The Dubai Miracle

THE DUBAI MIRACLE You can hear the Land Barons screaming it out now – LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION At Calnan Flack we completely agree, however we go further by describing why location is so important and how it explains the last 200 years of Economic Boom Bust cycles. Our 5 Key drivers are crucial in any economic or real estate expansion. These drivers explain the how, when and where of any economic, real estate or credit expansion (and contraction!) SO, sit back and watch this excellent time lapsed YouTube video by Knight Frank titled “Dubai Evolution from 1960 to 2021”. And ask yourself how the 5 Drivers are impacting and influencing the Dubai Miracle. THIS BLOG WAS PREPARED FOR THE PROPERTY CLUB If you with to join the Property Club and receive notifications […] 150

17.24% Return for the last 12 Months

17.24% RETURN FOR THE LAST 12 MONTHS I was pumped! The blue ink from my favourite pen permanently marked the page with my messy signature. It was done. Signed! Sealed! The deal completed and all that was left to do was deliver the contract and the first of the Calnan Flack Model Share Portfolios would be live! Calnan Flack had joined the big game as Money Managers. Ian and I had been planning these portfolios for a long time. We meticulously plan everything, and we had put an enormous amount of planning into these portfolios. Investing is 90% preparation. I guess that’s why they call it “Financial PLANNING”. Fast forward 12 months… We gain the opportunity to critically review our public record. It’s something that we wanted to be able to do for a long time but until now ASIC has not allowed us. […] 150
By | 2018-09-21T11:38:38+00:00 May 5th, 2018|Cycles|2 Comments

Why Do We Continue to Use Economic Theories That DON’T Work?

WHY DO WE CONTINUE TO USE ECONOMIC THEORIES THAT DON’T WORK? There is NO doubt that understanding the Investment & Credit Cycle and how they are underpinned and effected by the underlying economic drivers provides us with a Very Powerful Investment Edge. We spend a lot of time at both our Forecasting Conferences and Opportunity Summit reviewing how the drivers are manifesting this cycle and the opportunity that this is creating for astute investors. It is amazing how many investors have NO idea of the cycle and consequently they miss out on so many opportunities… Today I re-read this article and just couldn’t let it slide! Although it’s quite old, the point we can extrapolate from it is just as relevant now as it was when it was written. I would urge you all to read it and then think about the […] 150
By | 2018-09-21T11:41:48+00:00 April 24th, 2018|Cycles|0 Comments


ROBOCOP It was a harsh year 1987. Bad Hair, Bad Market Crash. Bad movies… You see it was in the auspicious year of 1987 that the futuristic sci-fi movie Robocop was made. Fast forward to 2018 and Id like to introduce you to Nimbo – a real life Robocop. See at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Turing Video introduced its brand-new security robot, Nimbo. Built on the Segway Robotics’ mobility platform and enhanced with state-of-the-art machine learning and industry-leading sensors, Nimbo promises to reshape security with robotics and artificial intelligence (AI). Unlike other security robots, such as the 220-pound humanoid robot by PAL Robotics of Spain or the R2-D2 lookalike from Knightscope, Nimbo is a very compact and, well, a nimble robot. Its body measures only 63 cms across, allowing it to navigate through crowded […] 150
By | 2018-09-21T11:43:32+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Cycles, Technology|0 Comments

The History of the Future

THE HISTORY OF THE FUTURE The History of the Future – sounds like some sort of oxymoron doesn’t it? Bit like the title to my favourite movie “Back to the Future”. We say that the Cycle must repeat over and over again while the 5 Drivers of the Economy remain in place. We also know that these drivers have been in place for hundreds if not thousands of years. These Economic drivers are built into the DNA of our economic system. The role of the speculator can NOT be understated. However, the speculators go back much further than 1980’s Wall Street’s Gordon Gekko or even Jessie Livermore from the 1930’s or JP Morgan who saved Wall Street back in 1907…… No, let’s go back to Mesopotamia 1750BC and the sixth king of Babylon – Hammurabi. […] 150