Ok, so I have a confession to make. I love money. Not in a money grubbing, must have piles of it, greedy sort of way. For me it is more about how it works. From the high finance world of global stock markets and interest rates, to how to best pay off a credit card; and most importantly the impact that different financial decisions have on individuals, their families and their lives. I am fascinated by all of it.
My interest in money has always been. I remember as a child my parents taking me to the Royal Melbourne Show and I kept myself entertained in the lengthy queue by trying to calculate how much profit the ride made in a day. To this day my friends giggle at me when they catch me checking the stock market during play date, when most others are on Facebook. My husband bans me from Bloomberg TV when I am on holidays and I always read the business section of the newspaper first.
This interest in money has lead me to career in finance. I started on the Japanese stock market in 1996 as a stock market analyst for Bankers Trust, picking investments for their International Fund. From there I went on to analyse shares and other investments for several Hedge Funds and I finally moved to analysing the Australian stock market in 2002. Although I found the high finance world of global markets captivating, I always knew that I was different to my colleagues, and that is not just because I was one of the few women in a room of men in dark suits. Unlike them, I always knew that money was not the be all and end all for me. It was not the measure by which I judged myself or others. I was not a female “Gordon Gecko”. Greed was not good. Not to mention the hours in high finance were long and the culture grinding.
In 2010, I hit a turning point, after much struggle, our beloved daughter was born. She changed everything. In 2012, I was made redundant by my employer (read about it here), within a year of coming back from maternity leave. Now was my chance to rethink my life and my career. I couldn’t bare the idea of leaving the world of finance as it is my passion, but I now wanted to use my money skills to help people and to make a difference in the lives of individuals. I am a rubbish housewife, so I took a year off and this is when this blog was created. The aim of which was to combine my two passions: motherhood and money, and to share my substantial financial knowledge gained throughout my successful career.
As our daughter has grown, I have made the move into Financial Planning and I have started my own financial planning firm called Marsh Financial Advice. Having a family of my own, I understand the financial challenges that families, in particular women face. My passion is to make the complex, simple and empower my clients with the knowledge and understanding to make confident financial decisions.
When I am not at work you can find me in the Inner West of Sydney, hanging out with my husband and daughter or on a play date Financial Review in one hand, play dough in the other!
If you would like to read more about my financial planning services or would like personal advice consultation, at our offices or on skype, please go to my website Marsh Financial Advice.
I really hope you enjoy reading my blog!
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