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One of my dirty secrets is ... wait for it... I love to read business and finance books. There, I said it. Phew... now that's over, I will put one caveat. I don't just read any book, just those written by people who are much, much smarter than I am.

Now, the reason I like to do this is twofold. One, I truly enjoy learning about business and finance (I am a Financial Planner, surprise surprise) and secondly I believe a wise man (or woman) will always keep their knowledge sharp.

Over the Christmas break I read a great book entitled "Money, Master the Game" by Tony Robbins. It is a very long business book at 600 pages but one I would highly recommend.

To briefly summarise, Tony interviewed about 20 of the worlds' top investors and collated the key lessons they had learned. These interviewees consisted of self-made, ultra wealthy billionaire investors with the common thread of all coming from humble beginnings like you and me, all with consistent track records of exceptional results.

Now, it is important to remember that I, like the rest of you, don't believe that money is everything. I believe that family and friends as well as your health are the real basis for living a happy, fulfilled life. However, it is also very sensible to grow and protect your financial future.

My crucial take out point was when I read the investment strategy part section. The author asked all the interviewees the following question (paraphrased): "If you could leave your children only money and none of your knowledge, how would you recommend they invest the family's wealth?"

Why I was excited was that the strategy was essentially the same strategy Sarah and I use for our own personal superannuation and investments, which is identical to the strategy we recommend for you, our clients. As you know, we always put our money where our mouth is.

We have always been passionate about our chosen investment philosophy and seeing it advocated by the world's best investors just reinforces that conviction.

Have a great month.

Ben Law.