Welcome to the Autumn edition of Bravien eNews. Days are getting shorter, leaves are beginning to turn and it's just that bit cooler in the mornings - it's a beautiful time of year.
We are constantly amazed with the pace the world is turning, the way time disappears and how much more people are connected - not to each other -but instead through a digital interface. With smart phones and tablets, technology is literally in the palm of your hand. We've really noticed an increase in social networking and this way of connecting with other people all over the world is reshaping the way we are seeking services and doing business.
Here are some of our top picks in the people-to-people business world, where you can shop, travel and learn without a traditional supplier/business being involved. Check out some of these amazing websites and the services they offer:
italki.com - Become fluent in any language. Find a personal teacher, improve your speaking skills and write like a native with 1-on-1 language lessons from professional teachers.
airbnb.com - Not sure where to stay and hotels costing too much? Find an amazing place to stay from people in 38,527 cities within 192 countries.
taskrabbit.com - Sick of your day to day menial tasks? Task someone else. Taskrabbits are your own personal assistants - cleaning your home, delivering groceries, running errands, building IKEA furniture and so much more - coming to Australia soon.
dropbox.com - Dropbox is a free service that allows you to share your photos, documents and videos anywhere with whoever you choose - family, friends, work colleagues with complete privacy. Never email yourself or get blocked by a size limit again!
Closer to home, investment markets are performing well so one of our articles this month is a Q&A with Dr Shane Olivier - AMP's Head of Investment Strategy & Chief Economist. You might be interested to check out the table below, giving you some statistics on returns over the last 25 years. Batmobile anyone?
Other news in this edition:
• Making your fun last after you finish work.
• Risk management and insurance - there's a lot of noise on TV these days.
• The first part of a 2 part series on asset protection and estate planning, and
• Autumn treat: almond and cranberry biscotti
The Team @ Bravien
Advice | Superannuation | Retirement | Investment | Insurance
|Make it last
Looking forward to your retirement?
We discuss how you can manage your retirement nest egg... read more
|The right cover - for a lifetime
Baby boomers may need to keep their insurance for longer in the new multi-generational Australian family of the 21st century... read more
|Towards more positive trends
Recovery and growth remain a key focus for the global economy, and there’s good news for the Australian economy too. Dr Shane Oliver, Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist at AMP Capital, talks about key market movements and economic developments... read more
The first edition of a 2 part series - by Stephen Bourke, Certus Law ... read more
|Almond and cranberry biscotti
For a treat, try making this sophisticated Italian inspired snack... read more