Classic Ep: Why Alan Kohler is Disgusted with Warren Buffett

HOSTS Alec Renehan & Bryce Leske|23 May, 2019

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  • Alec Renehan

    Alec developed an interest in investing after realising he was spending all that he was earning. Investing became his form of 'forced saving'. While his first investment, Slater and Gordon (SGH), was a resounding failure, he learnt a lot from that experience. He hopes to share those lessons amongst others through the podcast and help people realise that if he can make money investing, anyone can.
  • Bryce Leske

    Bryce has had an interest in the stock market since his parents encouraged him to save 50c a fortnight from the age of 5. Once he had saved $500 he bought his first stock - BKI - a Listed Investment Company (LIC), and since then hasn't stopped. He hopes that Equity Mates can help make investing understandable and accessible. He loves the Essendon Football Club, and lives in Sydney.

For this episode we’re reliving one of our favourite all-time episodes – our interview with Alan Kohler. Released in September 2017 (episode 18 of Equity Mates) we spoke to the ABC Journalist and former editor of the Australian Financial Review about his life, career and thoughts on the market. We’re hoping all of our new Equity Mates enjoy hearing one of our earlier interviews. For those that have been with us from the start, we hope you enjoy reliving our conversation with one of Australia’s most prominent market watchers. For more details, check out the original episode’s show notes below. —————————————————————————— For Australians, there is probably no name or face more synonymous with investing and financial journalism than Alan Kohler. A long history of financial journalism has culminated in Alan doing the financial section of the 7 o’clock ABC news, and being known for his weekend overviews. In my house growing up, the 7 o’clock news was always watched, and Alan was known as the ‘graph man’ as he has become known for the interesting and insightful charts he shows viewers. Prior to being the face of finance on the ABC, Alan has had a long and storied career in financial journalism, including a stint as editor of the Australian Financial Review from 1985 to 1988. We were lucky enough to sit down with Alan and discuss all things investing. In this episode you will learn: • Why Alan is disgusted with Warren Buffett • Alan’s unique idea for dealing with automation • Alan’s favourite chart and why he uses charts on ABC News • The differences between markets in the 1980’s and now • His thoughts on the dividends Australian companies pay • His thoughts on Australia’s housing market Stocks and Resources discussed: • Alan’s Must Read Books • Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell • Nasim Taleb – Black Swan • Nasim Taleb – Antifragile • Alan’s Favourite Chart – 3000 BC Interest Rates • Alan’s 3 Australian Articles • Land Tax: It might be time to tax land, instead of income • Dividends: Dividend imputation encourages large payouts and curbs innovation • Indexes: ETFs turn stockmarket into the ultimate Ponzi scheme How to Get Involved in Equity Mates: • Equity Mates Website • Ask Us Anything Page • Thought Starters • Equity Mates Facebook Page • Facebook Discussion Group • Instagram • Equity Mates Twitter • Email (

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