Author: Chris Brycki

Chris has been vocal in calling out the industry 'Fat Cats' and is known for telling it as it is. He was an inaugural member of two Advisory Committees for the industry regulator ASIC, and was previously a fund manager at UBS. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Co-op Scholarship) from UNSW.

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Why we don’t recommend active funds

It’s no secret I’m an advocate of index investing. Here I reiterate the fundamentals of why active investing is not a strategy Stockspot advocates for. I also critique three popular active funds in Australia.

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Which investments can minimise tax?

Put a bit of thought in to your investments, and you might be able to invest in a more tax efficient way

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How are ETFs taxed?

Everything you need to know about tax on ETF investments in Australia.

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Getting in on the gold rush – why invest in gold?

If you don’t own gold… there is no sensible reason other than you don’t know history or you don’t know economics.

Life

Use your 2021 tax refund to make 2022 better

It hasn’t been an easy year. But if you get a tax refund, here are some ways to make the future a little brighter.

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How to complete a W-8BEN in Australia

Everything you need to know about completing a W-8BEN form in Australia.

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Six mistakes to avoid when the share market falls

In 2021, the Australian share market is likely to fall 10% (or more) at some point. Here are the investing mistakes to avoid when the market falls.

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Should you buy into smart beta ETFs?

We look at smart beta ETFs in Australia – what they are, how they are built and how they’ve performed.

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Stockspot Performance Update: March 2021

Markets have staged a strong recovery in recent months, and all Stockspot Portfolios have had positive 12 month returns.

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What are the best Global Share ETFs?

We road test 12 popular Global share ETFs, comparing them across 5 factors.

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What are the best Australian high dividend ETFs of 2021?

We road test 6 of Australia’s best high dividend ETFs, comparing them across 5 factors to reveal our top pick.

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What are the best Australian share ETFs of 2021?

We road test 5 popular Australian share ETFs, comparing them across 6 factors.

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How to invest when markets go sideways

Sometimes markets don’t go up or down, they go sideways. Here’s how to invest when markets are treading water.

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Why are bond prices falling?

The falling price of bonds has had an effect on other investments. We discuss why this fall happened and what it means for your investment portfolio.

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Should you pay off your mortgage or invest?

The recent fall in interest rates has reignited the debate. Should you invest or pay down your mortgage?

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Why you won’t beat the share market (and why so many still try)

Events like the GameStop short squeeze have activated interest in the share market as a way to get rich quick. But history shows there’s no way to consistently beat the share market.

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Asset allocation changes: February 2021

We’ve only changed our asset allocation once since 2014 – and now we’re doing it again. We explain why and how these changes will affect our clients.

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What’s in the Stockspot portfolios?

The Stockspot ETF portfolios comprise of investments in over 1,400 shares and bonds from Australia and around the world.

Life

Rent or Buy? We do the sums

We discuss some of the important pros and cons to consider when deciding whether to rent or buy.

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The short squeeze: how Gamestop rose from $19 to $483

Gamestop was a little-known company who are now famous due to the astronomical rise in share price from US$19 on 4 January 2021 to $483 on 28 January 2021. We explain how this happened and what you can learn.

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Should you invest in property or shares?

Property and shares are the two most common ways of building wealth in Australia. Find out which one is better for you.

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How Stockspot outperformed Vanguard and robo advisors

Three strategies that have helped the Stockspot portfolios outperform Vanguard and others to be Australia’s best performing robo adviser over the last 5 years.

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Investing in property: are the returns worth it?

What are the real long-term returns from property in Australia? We look at the costs of investing in property.

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Why we’re rebalancing our portfolios: November 2020

Automated rebalancing removes emotion to help you to buy low and sell high. We rebalanced our portfolios in March 2020, and here’s why we’ve done it again in November.

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What is Bitcoin and cryptocurrency?

Find out what cryptocurrencies are and the future of the industry.

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How to invest in Bitcoin & other cryptocurrencies

Once a fringe investment, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are almost going mainstream. Here’s what to think about if you’re going to invest in Bitcoin or any other cryptocurrencies.

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Stockspot Performance Update: September 2020

The Stockspot portfolios have beaten every equivalent diversified fund due to asset class diversification and making less unforced errors.

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The importance of Australian shares in your portfolio

There are many reasons to continue owning Australian shares but here we’ll focus on two.

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Choosing the best investment app or robo adviser

Here are 7 important considerations for anyone looking at using a robo-advice service or automated investment app.

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The Fat Cat Funds Report 2020: how and why we compare super funds

Stockspot’s Fat Cat report compares the worst and best super funds in Australia. We tell you why and how we created our annual compare super guide.