Three key ingredients to improve your odds of outperformance

Is there a special recipe equity investors can follow to outperform the returns from the broader market? Based on the latest performance scorecard of Australian active investment managers released in September by S&P Dow Jones Indices, if that recipe does exist, most professional portfolio managers don't have it. The SPIVA Australia Scorecard covering the year to 30 June, 2019 shows that, on an absolute return basis, out of around 850 Australian active equity funds, only a small percentage...

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How to stop freaking out about speaking in public

The first rule of being a good public speaker is understanding it doesn't come naturally, says public speaking coach Andrew Griffiths. Here's how to overcome that. According to this study people prefer the idea of death to speaking in front of a crowd of strangers. Gulp. Seems a bit drastic, doesn’t it? But as entrepreneur, author and public speaking coach, Andrew Griffiths told Flying Solo the  good news is that public speaking is something we can learn to excel at. Lucky for us, he...

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World’s Best Beaches 2019: The Votes Are In

How would you like to laze on one of the world’s best beaches for your next getaway? Voters in this year’s TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards ranked Australia’s Manly and Surfers Paradise beaches among the top 25. However, it’s these five dazzling stretches of sand that won the most sun-loving hearts. 5. Grace Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos The poster child of the Turks and Caicos, Grace Bay often plays a starring role when it comes to the world’s best beaches. This tropical heaven...

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10 Morning Habits Damaging your Health

The first things we do each morning set the tone for the entire day ahead. If we awake tired and stressed, versus energized and ready to take on the day, most likely that feeling will stick with us throughout the rest of the day, affecting more than just our mood. That’s seven chances each week to create a new, productive, and life-changing routine. They say it takes two weeks to engrave an action as a habitual action. Change these 10 habits to reduce stress, change your health, and enhance...

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How to be an effective leader: 10 tips

Leading is tougher than managing If you manage people, you'll know it can be hard work. Every employee is different, with unique needs, desires and motivations. Each has their own strengths and weaknesses. And you have to figure those out if you want to get the best out of your staff. But leading is even tougher than managing. Leading means: bringing people with you on the journey tapping into their emotions and engaging them with your vision understanding their motivations and linking...

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Holiday Debt Regret: How to Avoid it

One thing that's guaranteed to leave you feeling on top of the world, is a holiday. That’s until, along with the plane descending towards home, you sink into the beginnings of holiday debt regret. Even thinking about getting an Uber from the airport leaves you in a state of panic about dwindling your funds further. We all fall into the trap of overspending on holidays and, really, why shouldn’t we? Holidays are an absolute necessity and we all thoroughly deserve to spoil ourselves. However,...

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