It’s time to be proud!

It’s time to be proud!

Vanessa Stoykov

There are only a few times in your life where you get to part of something so momentous that it will forever be important to you. Having my three boys, marrying my husband, and launching my own business 19 years ago were some of the amazing times on my list. Last week I was lucky enough to add another – launching my first book.

For as long as I can remember I wanted to write a book. But the day wasn’t just about the book or the fact that I had fulfilled a lifelong goal of mine. It was about the feeling of pride and goodwill in the room, as we talked about its purpose. I was so grateful for the swell of support – and also for the agreement of so many people, that it is our shared mission as an industry:

To make the pension irrelevant for Australians.

I saw a room of people who started to feel proud of their industry again – something that has definitely been taken from all of us as we see the Royal Commission expose issues we are all dismayed about.

The purpose of my book is to wake people up in an entertaining way. I want to wake them up to a financial future that needs to be considered well in advance. If we are ever going to make the pension irrelevant, particularly for middle Australia, our message needs to reach Australia NOW. Our industry has the power to help people be financially secure more than any other. Advisers, I reiterate, your work is crucial and needed more than ever before. And to our readers – the power to take control of your financial destiny is in your hands, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t reach out for help.

Our guest speakers, Sally Loane, Bryce Doherty, and Connie Mckeage reinforced the need for us to stand united and look forward. Sally made the point that women in particular are extremely vulnerable in their financial future, so I am hoping this book will reach them and get them to action.

I would have loved to have our whole community at the launch –  UBS were kind enough to host for me, and one day I hope to have a stadium where all of us can come together to discuss Australia’s financial future.

Enjoy the event highlight video – and thanks again for each and every one of you who have supported me and our work here at The Investment Series – you are the reason we will be successful.

All the best,


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