Vern Gowdie

Vern Gowdie has been involved in financial planning since 1986. In 1999, Personal Investor magazine ranked Vern as one of Australia’s Top 50 financial planners. His previous firm, Gowdie Financial Planning was recognized in 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007, by Independent Financial Adviser (IFA) magazine as one of the top five financial planning firms in Australia. He has been writing his 'Big Picture' column for regional newspapers since 2005 and has been a commentator on financial matters for Prime Radio talkback. His contrarian views often place him at odds with the financial planning profession. Vern is is Founder and Chairman of the Gowdie Family Wealth advisory service, a monthly newsletter with a clear aim: to help you build and protect wealth for future generations of your family. He is also editor of The Gowdie Letter, which aims to help you protect and grow your wealth during the great credit contraction. To have Vern’s enlightening market critique and commentary delivered straight to your inbox, take out a free subscription to Markets and Money here. Official websites and financial eletters Vern writes for:

To read more insights by Vern check out the articles below.

Government Dependence or Independence?

Our forefathers were far more independent and resilient. Government handouts were virtually non-existent and there were no pouted poses to be posted to publicise your plight. They just ‘sucked it up’, accepted their lot, and…

Be Wary of Bargains

‘Buy the dip’ is the automated response these days. We’ve been programmed to believe that the market is a one-way trip to wealth. The problem with the buy-the-dip mentality is that people do not understand…

Speculate, Capitulate, Ruin

You have to speculate to accumulate. Speculation only ever happens after a trend is established. We, the majority, are not emotionally programmed to ‘buy low and sell high’.

If I Were a Rich Man

Our aim is to provide you with the skill set to assist you in having ‘your cake and eat it too’ — wealth and happiness. Taking stock of what you have and not lamenting what…

The Problem with Extrapolating Trends

The future definitely ain’t going to be what it used to be. Therein lies the danger with extrapolating trends. We fall into the ‘recentism’ trap. What has been our recent experience, will be our future…

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