The MCAT Podcast
The MCAT Podcast
Jan 27, 2021
209: Staying Motivated and Conquering Philosophy CARS Passages
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Today, I'm joined by Blueprint MCAT live course tutor, Joya. We talk about her journey taking the MCAT during the pandemic, CARS, and joining Blueprint.


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NZ Everyday Investor
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Beyond GameStop - Have the rules of the game changed? 138 / Julian McCormack
_——————_ A recent Goldman Sachs report into the US financial markets found parts of the market “appear frothy,” with “signs of unsustainable excess.” The peaks we’re seeing today, particularly among high-growth stocks and stocks with negative earnings appear to point to some kind of economic unreality. “We’re a long way up the gang plank in terms of valuation,” said Julian McCormack. “It’s a very elevated point in the history of the market” When people start using words like “froth” and “bubble,” there’s a secondary assumption that at some point, the thin membrane surrounding it will soon break, releasing everything beneath in a cloud of water droplets and hot air. To Julian, parts of the markets of today, particularly with the evangelism around tech stocks, evokes memories of the bubble in the 1920’s. People back then started out their adult lives hopping on a horse to get to work and sending a carrier pigeon home to remind their kid to turn the open fire off. Within a relatively short period they were zooming around town in cars and calling their mates on the telephone — imagine how euphoric and unstoppable people felt during this time. We all know what happened next as the Great Depression hit and people were brought back to reality, fast. Today everything is changing again. Innovation is causing constant change to the operation of our daily lives, and naturally this builds euphoria — a hype which seeps into share markets and ultimately supercharges sentiment. But is it really a bubble, or are we operating in a new kind of system, governed by rules not yet written? Interest rates are almost guaranteed not to rise, we’ve busted through any previous points of resistance in terms of all time highs in almost every sector – perhaps the punchbowl of quantitative easing has been replaced with a glass table, a rolled up twenty, and a little white bag. The state of many parts of the current market is punctuated by a massive “if.” And as much as some commentators will try to tell you they have a perfect model for what is going on, there is no clear guard rails for these unprecedented times. As Julian says, we must be wary of “the absolute impossibility of predicting outcomes in a chaotic system.” So what do we do – what’s a rational response to an irrational situation? Cash out and stuff it in the mattress? Wait it out – call for the end of the world so that hopefully the market hears you? Or diligently keep building, knowing that in the long term, you should be okay? While there’s no perfect answer, Julian reminds investors of the importance of keeping the investment fundamentals in mind. “We all must be reminding ourselves to exercise general cautionary principles, even if markets might push higher,” says Julian. ________________________________________________________________ The NZ Everyday Investor is brought to you in partnership with Hatch. Hatch, let's you become a shareholder in the world's biggest companies and funds. We're talking about Apple and Zoom, Vanguard and Blackrock. So, if you're listening in right now and have thought about investing in the US share markets, well, Hatch has given us a special offer just for you... they'll give you a $20 NZD top-up when you make an initial deposit into your Hatch account of $100NZD or more. Just go to to grab your top up. __________________________________________________________________ Like what you’ve heard? You can really help with the success of the NZ Everyday Investor by doing the following: 1- Tell your friends! 2- Write a review on Facebook, or your favourite podcast player 3- Help support the mission of our show on Patreon by contributing here 4- To catch the live episodes, please ensure you have subscribed to us on Youtube: 5- Sign up to our newsletter here NZ Everyday Investor is on a mission to increase financial literacy and make investing more accessible for the everyday person! Please ensure that you act independently from any of the content provided in these episodes - it should not be considered personalised financial advice for you. This means, you should either do your own research taking on board a broad range of opinions, or ideally, consult and engage an authorised financial adviser to provide guidance around your specific goals and objectives. If you would like to enquire around working with Darcy (an authorised financial adviser), you can schedule in a free 15 min conversation just click on this link _____________________________________________________________________________
49 min
The Fat Wallet Show from Just One Lap
The Fat Wallet Show from Just One Lap
Farewell Fatties! (#240)
After five rewarding years as host of The Fat Wallet Show, my time with the show is coming to an end. This episode is a short retrospective of our time together, followed, as usual, by your questions. On 30 May 2016 we published the first episode of The Fat Wallet Show. We knew from our personal experience and from our work at Just One Lap that money was such an emotional topic. All so-called financial education came with an assumption that you would already know the jargon and have some basic understanding of how the system worked. Based on the questions we got at Just One Lap, we knew that wasn’t true. I had started at Just One Lap a year before that and I was like a toddler, asking a hundred questions a day. These questions weren’t orderly. I’d latch on to one topic, ask every question I could think of, mull it over and come back a few days or weeks later with either the same questions or more questions. I was learning a lot, but I wasn’t learning it all in a straight line, because learning isn’t linear. Luckily for me I had a mentor with superhuman patience, who would keep explaining it to me until I got it. I figured if this is how I’m learning about money, this could probably help other people learn too. The Fat Wallet Show was an experiment. It was just going to be questions and answers. It was always just going to be two people on the show. We decided to swear in the show, because we swear when we talk to each other normally. We didn’t want any barriers to making the show sound just like our ordinary conversations. We didn’t want experts, we didn’t want to interview CEOs. We just wanted to get together once a week and talk about money. Since our first episode, the show has been downloaded 717,000 times. We’ve received 2,600 emails. Our Facebook community is 9,000 members strong. We’ve been supported by companies we truly believe in, companies where we have our own money. OUTvest especially has been a true friend to this show. We’ve made friends that I hope we’ll have for life. I’ve been so inspired by the members of this community. * Subscribe to our RSS feed here. * Subscribe or rate us in iTunes. Ernst, in response to Louise’s question: Louise is referring to her provisional tax estimates. So there is a timing difference as she will only get her certificate around June but she needs to estimate it now. She needs to run her own calculation and try to get as close as possible taking into account rate adjustments etc. Again tax works on accrual or paid, whichever comes first. It would seem that she has a considerable amount of interest as she probably uses up her annual exclusion amount. So if she ‘underestimates’ her taxable income she may be liable for penalties if it's too far off. She needs to do an excel calc to try calculate her interest so she can estimate accurately before 28 Feb 2021. She cannot wait until she gets paid or gets the certificate. Suzanne I did a little happy dance this week, on reviewing my OUTVEST RA statement. My transferred RA landed @ OUTVEST in May 2020 and the growth YTD has been SUPER! My set R4 500 fee, which is about 0,75% of my investment, has really made a huge difference. I will be saving my butt off over the next 10 years, to reach that minimum 0,2% fee balance. This led me down an investment spiral, and after listening to episode 183 again I ended up asking the following question….where are the OUTVEST fixed fee living annuity products?……. If I am happy with the asset class breakdown, would there be any reason not to be able to continue with my pre-retirement investment strategy, after my retirement date, at the same 0,2% fee? I have no idea what the general going EAC is for a living annuity, apart from what I have seen on my Dad’s statement – which stated a 1,5% fee. Chris I listened to your Money and Travel episode. Simon mentioned that the SYG4IR is bespoke and doesn’t have a US equivalent - that is partly true. I fill up my TFSA with SA listed ETFs with risk that I like (STXCHN, STXEMG, SYG4IR, SYG500), build up some cash to make the EasyFX worthwhile and then buy similar exposure in the USD account. Long story short, SYG4IR tracks the Kensho New Economies Composite Index (KNEX). There is a US-listed ETF, SPDR S&P Kensho New Economies Composite ETF (KOMP US), that tracks the same index. The current hurdle is that KOMP isn’t available on EasyEquities currently, but I have reached out to them to add it to the platform. Perhaps if enough of us chase them it will get listed sooner. Doris I've been a loyal listener since near-inception of the Fat Wallet show (via my spouse, though we tend to listen separately.) You kick-started my TFSA journey. Eventually I figured I need to get this RA business sorted (I've been lax due to GEPF; OutVest it was when I eventually got my 💩 together). Going from listening to action is a big step, and I still feel like I'm in process, but getting there. The year that was left me with little time to listen to your invaluable show, but #bingelistening ftw. I've been wondering about marriage (or long term relationships) and investing/saving for a good long time now and cannot find a satisfactory South African-specific answer anywhere. As far as I can tell joint accounts aren't really a thing in SA. There's the main account holder and someone else who is granted access. What are the options for joint savings/investing? If there are any! For instance, saving as a couple for a house: What's the best way to save or invest jointly, in a single place to benefit from two sources of funding, without the account being in one person's name? As far as I can tell, the main tax implications when getting married is income outside of your salary and how SARS taxes those married/in a civil union. For those married in community of property - this is shared between spouses. For those married out of community of property (with/without accrual) it's only really divorce or death where things have to be figured out. R.C I have a home that's paid off, a tax free plan with Old Mutual balanced fund (started in 2016). I also have an Old Mutual core balanced fund with a monthly debit order. Gepf R.A Property unit trust Old mutual equity I have an investment that matures in May. I owe 70k on a car (only debt. How do I make sense of my financial goals going forward? My divorce really confused me and my goals. Should I continue with my discretionary investments and where should I invest the R650k maturing in May 2021. Please help to put a plan in place as I was looking at retirement at age 56/57. Mr P Ok, your statement on episode 235 about the request for rate review just reminded me to do mine, I also want prime or less. So, I sent them FNB Housing Finance an email requesting them to review the interest rate on my bond. Unlike last time where they changed the rate with no hassle, this time they sent me a form. I mean a whole Form that I must print and manually complete, scan it and email it back to them or fax it. I think they are discouraging us from sending these requests with the paper work. I'm certain only people who listens to the show are the ones sending the requests. Is there any Fatty whom FNB responded with a form? Otherwise I'm not deterred, I will gather some strength and fill in the form. PJ I recently requested FNB to adjust my home loan interest rate, 6 years into the 20 year term. They immediately reduced the rate with the below information: "The rate has been amended from 7.60% (P+0.60%) to 7.30% (P+0.30%). Prime currently is 7.00% and therefore your new rate is 7.30%." My emergency fund of course comes from the Flexi portion from the bond so I requested that if I restructure R100 000 of this flexi amount if they could give me a further reduction. They then replied with: "Furthermore, should you agree to restructure the prepaid amount of R 100 000.00 the bank is willing to improve the ra…
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