Wry & Dry


Last words...

"People are living longer and as a result they are going to need to rely on financial advisers to secure their financial future".

-  Kelly O'Dwyer, Minister for Revenue and Financial Services.

So, financial advisers can secure the financial future of their clients?    

FY-17 CIO Investment Dinner Series

Dennison Hambling: "Investing for the next three years"

Following a strong FY-16, over 30% of clients' share portfolios have now been 'refreshed.'  

Hear how and why at one of a series of intimate client dinners with investment presentations by Dennison Hambling, First Samuel's Chief Investment Officer.

Invitations have been sent to clients.  We have been overwhelmed by the response from clients.  We have already held events in Brisbane and Sydney; and four in Melbourne.

Waiting lists are now in place for all remaining events.


Donovans, St Kilda Beach (lunch)



Donovans, St Kilda Beach



Centenove, Kew





Some lightly salted absurdities from all over...

Recurring themes

Arnold Mballe Sube and his wife Jeanne, both 33, who drew the equivalent of about $150,000 in UK government benefits last year but are still feuding with the Luton Borough Council near London over its inability to find (free) housing adequate for them and their eight children.

They turned down four-and five-bedroom homes, were housed temporarily in a Hilton hotel, and said they would be satisfied only with a six-bedroom residence. Mr. Sube emigrated from Cameroon to France at age 18, then came to England in 2012 to study nursing at the University of Bedfordshire.

(The Sun via Daily Mail)

Unclear on the concept I

In a dozen YouTube videos recently released, Syria's Tourism Ministry praised the country's sandy, fun-filled beaches as ideal vacation spots and its many "World Heritage Sites" as renowned tourist exhibits.  An attempt to distract world travelers from the country's daily bloodshed. 

(Washington Post)

Before civil war broke out in 2011, Syria was a fashionable, $8 billion-a-year destination (and the now-devastated city of Aleppo known worldwide for its food).

Unclear on the concept II

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is bureaucratically at the epicenter of California's drought management.  But local KCBS-TV recently aired video of the Department using sprinklers to water the lawn at a substation in South Los Angeles.

But wait!  There's more.  The lawn is artificial.

(Reuters via msn.com)


Have a wry and dry weekend