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The Money Puzzle covers all the important property, business, money and finance news. 

With two episodes published every week, The Australian’s Wealth Editor James Kirby, along with business, property and finance experts share insights and information that you will use on your wealth building journey.

Submit your questions on all things property, business and finance here - themoneypuzzle@theaustralian.com.au

The Money Puzzle The Australian

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    • 4.5 • 914 Ratings

The Money Puzzle covers all the important property, business, money and finance news. 

With two episodes published every week, The Australian’s Wealth Editor James Kirby, along with business, property and finance experts share insights and information that you will use on your wealth building journey.

Submit your questions on all things property, business and finance here - themoneypuzzle@theaustralian.com.au

    Secrets Of The Rich And Not-So-Famous (Family Office Special)

    Secrets Of The Rich And Not-So-Famous (Family Office Special)

    Family offices are very much the fashion among the nation’s ultra-wealthy: What are they exactly and what might we learn from how they operate?In today’s show, we cover 


    The booming business of the family office 
    Safety in numbers - how the system works 
    How much do you need to start a family trust?
    Fund manager performance fees - an explanation 

    Jacqui Clarke, author and family office adviser joins Wealth Editor James Kirby in this episode 
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 35 min
    A Rare Opportunity for Buyers in Sydney

    A Rare Opportunity for Buyers in Sydney

    Sydney prices have been soft in early 2024: It's not quite a 'buyer's market' but it is as good a time to find value as we have seen in years. Where are the opportunities in the city and which neighbourhoods should we watch?

    In today's show we cover: 


    Taking advantage of a rare lull in the nation's top property market
    Excitement builds around Sydney's new airport zone
    Why one-bedroomed apartments have limited appeal
    What is going on around the future of negative gearing?

    Judy Schmidt of Advocate Buyers Agency joins Wealth Editor James Kirby in this episode
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 26 min
    Tackling Tax Threats (Real and Imagined)

    Tackling Tax Threats (Real and Imagined)

    In redrawing the plan for personal tax cuts while introducing a tax on unrealised gains in super the government has unleashed a whirlwind of speculation: All tax shelters from negative gearing to CGT discounts are now fair game.What to do?In today’s show, we cover 


     The political brawl on tax and how it affects you
    Exploring investment bonds and family trusts
    The looming importance of unrealised gains
     Struggling with poor service at Big Super 

    Liam Shorte of Sonas Wealth joins wealth editor James Kirby in this episode 
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 39 min
    The Promise of Passive Property Income

    The Promise of Passive Property Income

    Most property investors will aspire to have more than one property: Many in the market suggest strategies that allow an investor to accumulate a 'passive income portfolio' over time. But how do you approach this? What are the risks of running multiple properties? And would future tax changes make a difference? In today's show, we cover :


    Behind the promise of passive property investment * Do you need a buyer's advocate?
    Switching a mortgage from the home to an investment 
    The future of negative gearing
    Property educator P.K. Gupta joins wealth editor James Kirby in this episode.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 30 min
    Is Taylor Swift A Financial Role Model?

    Is Taylor Swift A Financial Role Model?

    The financial success of singer Taylor Swift is unprecedented: Show business will never be the same again. For millions, she is a champion who outsmarts the music industry at every turn. So is she a role model for younger investors?In today's show we cover...


    The devilishly clever business brain behind the music
    How Taylor Swift invests
    The role of her dad who is a financial advisor
    ‘Swiftonomics’  - how it really works 

    Sociologist Dr Rachel Carroll joins wealth editor James Kirby in this episode 
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 31 min
    Is Property Set to Drop? The Bear Case

    Is Property Set to Drop? The Bear Case

    It's time to listen to the other side: Some economists believe house prices are heading south in 2024 as interest rate hikes finally hit home and unemployment rises at the same time.In this show we cover:


    What's behind a forecast drop of 5 per cent in the market?
    The tremors signaled by new statistics on 'distressed sales' * Is the tradie shortage still a thing? 
    Why your house is taking longer to build

    Economist Stephen Koukoulas of Market Economics joins Wealth Editor James Kirby in this episode 
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
914 Ratings

914 Ratings

Lowfarm ,

Informative investment insights instinctively investigated

Thank you for keeping we older investors Property, shares & Bitcoin & high interest savings, SMSF
James , you cover all the bases in a informative, easy to understand manner & your guests are well selected.
Keep the Podcast coming & I think everyone listening will be well guided through this year & next.
Big Thankyou

Tig42 ,

It’s just OK

TLDR: Another Murdoch Empire stooge editorialising on right wing politics… I think I’m going to call time on this version of the Money Cafe now. It’s much less entertaining without Alan Kohler and has turned into a bit of a James Kirby waffle-fest. He brings on guests but often interrupts them to answers his own questions, goes off on tangents and waffling editorials and takes guesses at answering questions without knowing the answers. It’s still OK, just not great. If you’re pretty right wing and only interested in what’s best for the well off in society, you’ll enjoy it. He lionises all rich people as good people whereas anyone who is poor probably deserves to be where they are.

Bansty44 ,

Bland, a bit out of touch, seems aimed at only a rich audience lately

Pretty basic and lacks any charm since Alan left. Seems it’s being aimed toward people with considerable wealth only now. Who aren’t very financially literate. Unfortunately most of the talking points just aren’t even valid if you aren’t in the top tax brackets… and if you’re a financially despondent millennial who will never be able to achieve the wealth they speak of - then a lot of the guests and content will just make you depressed or angry.

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