The following people are profiled or featured in the Teenfinca® ezine. We thank them for sharing their perspectives and perceptions on financial learning.
Layne Beachley, World Champion Surfer
I never lived outside my means. I have always been very sensible about using my money. When I was just starting out I used to keep a record of where every dollar was spent and every dollar earned. When you start making money you have to make sure it continues to make money. It has to work for you.
I like to learn things and understand it myself. I am willing to sit there as long as it takes for me to understand a concept so I can understand what my accountant is advising. (Teenfinca® Issue 1, 2015)
Ian Healy, Australian cricketer
When I first started to play for Australia I went to my accountant. At the first meeting he suggested I buy bank shares. I can remember saying "No, no, I don’t like shares". I was so naive. I didn’t know how to use money to make money. I would be in a better place now if I had a financial education when I was younger. (Teenfinca® Issue 2, 2015)
Andrew Leigh, economics academic and Federal Member
Andrew Leigh is the Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Federal Member for Fraser in the ACT. Prior to being elected in 2010, Andrew was a professor of economics at the Australian National University. Andrew holds a PhD in public policy from Harvard, having graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in Law and Arts. He has previously worked as a lawyer and as a principal adviser to the Australian Treasury. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, the only parliamentarian to be a fellow of one of the four national academies. In 2011, he received the 'Young Economist Award', a prize given every two years by the Economics Society of Australia to the best Australian economist under 40.
Andrew will be contributing articles to the Teenfinca student ezine. We hope to use Andrew's expertise to interest Australian youth in the economics of activities that relate to their life. (Teenfinca® Issue 1-3, 2015)