The 8th Wonder of the World

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Avatar for Bragato18
10 months ago
Topics: Compounding, Wealth

The easiest way to get rich (wealthy) is slowly, just let time work it’s magic.

But for a young person that is way too boring.

Gowdie Letters

We used to subscribe to the Gowdie Letters. It was more about strategic investing and preserving wealth than trying to get rich. Vern used to write about all sorts of things and being based in Australia it was more relevant down under.

At the time it wasn’t a very popular newsletter as be only charged $39 per year. But preserving wealth must be more popular in 2022, as it now costs $149 per year. Funny that.

Getting Rich Slowly

Getting Rich Slowly, For Millennials was a short booklet that was included in the newsletter.

The idea being while one was paying down debt and saving some capital. You use the time to increase your financial literacy (knowledge).

The booklet included a reading list for young millennials

Reading List For Young Millennials.

  • Thomas Stanley and William Danko’s

    The Millionaire Next Door 

  • Jack Bogle’s

          Common Sense on Mutual Funds    

  • Edward Chancellor

    Devil Take the Hindmost

  • Benjamin Roth

    The Great Depression: A Diary

  • Jason Zweig

    Your Money and Your Brain

  • Allan Roth

    How a Second Grader Beats Wall Street    

  • Rick Ferri

    All About Asset Allocation

The books listed with images indicate the ones that have been read. They were all hard reads but one has to persevere to glean the gems of wisdom or just grasp a concept. In other words, worth the effort.

The rest were not available from our local library and never got to read them.

The Quote Of The Year That Was

This has been my go to Vern Gowdie quote over the last year. Strangely it is never well received by the target audience, maybe people just

  • don’t understand the concept of Wealth Preservation

  • they prefer the excitement of gambling

  • haven't suffered enough yet

  • to young and naive

  • don't realise the risk involved in getting that few extra % return on your capital. Genesis/Gemini a recent case in point

  • or think they will be able to get their capital out in time should the unthinkable happen

We owe a lot to the Vern Gowdie and his Gowdie Letters. As well as all the macro news you will never hear about until it is too late, he gave us some very useful information and guidance on what to do.

Government Bank Deposit Guarantee

During the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, there was the beginnings on a bank run in Australia. As well as trucking cash to the banks to meet the withdrawals, the Australian Government introduced the Bank Deposit Guarantee. It was $1,000,000 per depositor. This killed the bank run dead. 

Later this was reduced to $250,000 per depositor. Sounds good right!

Not mentioned in the MSM headlines. This was capped at $20,000,000 per bank, including the subsidiary banks owned by the parent bank. Westpac had $200,000,000 in deposits by them selves. So in reality there was less than $25,000 underwritten by the government or less than 10% of the actual deposits held.

To make matters worse if your cash was in a Super Fund. It was the Trustee (the legal depositor) that would get the $25,000 and then have to divide it amongst their investors. Ouch, that is a real haircut.

Financial Literacy

Our journey started in earnest in 2014.

My wife to be, had been made redundant from her job with one of the large mining companies. As part of her severance package her employer had inadvertently included a financial planner. I remember him telling us we would never own our own home and if we wanted a decent retirement we would need to take risks.

We didn't have enough time to learn things the hard way. So it was in 2015, we subscribed to the Gowdie Letters and Sam Volkering's Revolutionary Tech. Between them it gave us the basic foundation to build our wealth.

We didn't have the luxury of the 8th Wonder Of The World to work its magic. Had to take a few short cuts.

Sam showed us how to create wealth and this transposed perfectly to the cryptoverse. After all it is just revolutionary tech.

Vern taught us how to preserve the ill gotten gains.


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10 months ago
Topics: Compounding, Wealth


I think the secret is to earn crypto and not losing crypto

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10 months ago

see your point but the real secret is what you do with the what you earn ( not just crypto earnings).

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