Financial Review Smart Investor is the country’s leading investment magazine. In its six-year existence, it has become an indispensable tool for active Australian investors seeking to build wealth and attain financial security.
Written by a team of well-known financial experts, and utilising the resources of the country’s premier financial publishing group, Financial Review Group , it provides a vast range of investment ideas and opportunities unattainable anywhere else in the media.
The magazine is based around performance and offers readers unbiased analysis of the investment options in each asset class – shares, property, managed funds and more – all the way through to insurance and banking products. Its research and recommendations are independent and transparent.
Smart Investor also carries a wealth of easy-to-understand information on cutting-edge strategies around such issues as superannuation, taxation and asset allocation.
When it comes to Australian investment there is only one magazine – Financial Review Smart Investor.
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Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon is the founding editor of both Financial Review Smart Investor magazine and the AFR Investor section in The Sun-Herald and The Sunday Age . A qualified financial planner and stockbroker, she is the author of two ‘no mumbo jumbo’ books on making money: Double your wealth and halve your worries and Halve your debt and double your freedom . She is an award-winning journalist in both the United Kingdom and Australia and gives regular commentary on television and radio.
Penny Pryor has over 10 years experience in journalism, specialising in superannuation and institutional investment. She joined Smart Investor in 2008 as deputy editor and writes a weekly column – Tech Talk – for the AFR Investor section in The Sun Herald and The Sunday Age . Penny previously edited a self-managed superannuation fund magazine and was the founding editor of www.investordaily.com.au. She holds an economics degree, specialising in international economics, from Yokohama National University Japan.
Equities and markets writer
Patrick Commins joined The Australian Financial Review as a markets reporter in early 2008, following five years as a bank analyst and researcher at the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA). He started with Smart Investor not long after, where he specialises in equities and financial markets. He is also managing editor of the AFR Investor section in The Sun-Herald and The Sunday Age . Patrick holds an economics degree from the Australian National University.
Zoe Fielding is Smart Investor’s Snapshot editor and also acting editor of Asset magazine, a Fairfax-owned trade magazine for financial planners. She has been reporting on financial services, wealth management and business since 2003. She regularly contributes to The Australian Financial Review and The Weekend Australian Financial Review. Before becoming a journalist, Zoe worked as a business analyst and management consultant for five years in the information technology sector in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Financial services writer
Bianca Hartge-Hazelman has been a journalist for the past 10 years, beginning her career as a regional reporter for the ABC. Prior to joining The Australian Financial Review, she worked for financial services training provider Kaplan Professional as a senior writer and media producer. At the same time, she hosted sharemarket and property reports on the Finance News Network, as seen on smh.com.au. She has a graduate diploma in applied finance among other qualifications.
Personal finance writer
Debra Cleveland has been a journalist for more than 25 years. She has specialised in consumer journalism and personal finance on The Australian Financial Review for the past 16 years, having worked for The Sunday Times in London and before that in South Africa. Previously editor of the Weekend Financial Review ’s Smart Money section, she writes for Smart Investor and Smart Money with a focus on superannuation, tax and wealth creation.
Roger Balch worked for GSK and IBM in marketing roles before entering the media world as founder, editor and publisher of a business newsletter in the 1990s. Stints writing for an Asian business magazine and editing an online accountancy publication followed and, after a short spell as an international bar correspondent, he joined The Australian Financial Review in 2003 where he worked on the launch of Smart Investor in 2005.
Tim Beor graduated from Curtin University in 1997 and began working at the Sunday Times, as designer for Perth Weekly Magazine. He then joined West Australian Newspapers in 1999, designing various feature liftouts, and infographics. Tim moved to Sydney in 2002 to take the role of deputy art director, then art director for ACP Magazines. A keen interest in shares, and the boom in the stock market, brought him to the Financial Review Group and Financial Review Smart Investor magazine in 2008.