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Welcome to The New Investors

<em>Al Bentley, Shahirah Gardner, and Will Richardson. Source: Yahoo Finance AU</em>
Al Bentley, Shahirah Gardner, and Will Richardson. Source: Yahoo Finance AU

When Shahirah Gardner sold her apartment in San Francisco to pursue an idea of launching a social payments app, at the time it was a crazy idea.

But it paid off. Today her venture-backed fintech start up is a multi-million-dollar business.

Welcome to the New Investors – the next generation of finance experts helping Australians navigate their financial future.

Gardner will join Al Bentley, the self-taught investor, and Will Richardson, the private equity manager turned warrior impact investor to front Yahoo Finance’s New Investors series to offer our readers advice on how to make their money work in this changing world of business and finance.


Over the next 8 weeks we will bring you the latest trends in ethical investing, alternative investing and personal finances to help you rethink how you approach your investment decisions.

As more technologies take hold of our daily lives, the next generation of budding investors are looking for new ways to make money – challenging just about everything from how we trade, to who we trust.

And with so many ways to invest and save, from fintechs and start-ups to ethical investments and money apps – we will show you that it’s not about how much money you have, it’s what you do with it.

Focusing on the mega trends that will dominate the world of investing, the next 8 weeks will focus on stories to help our readers make better and faster investment decisions.

So who are our New Investors?

Shahirah Gardner, Finch co-founder

“Millennials’ financial goals aren’t necessarily the same as their parents’, grandparents’ or even their peers. Our financial values and goals are constantly changing. I think financial advisers try to categorise us into one bucket or type of customer and as a result the advice that comes out is not as customised as I would love to see,” she said.

“I would love to see really personalised, customised, contextualised advice based on real financial profiles and also in a slightly non-judgmental way.”

Al Bentley, founder & CEO of Simply Wall St

“The finance landscape is at a turning point in Australia and new tech means there are so many interesting and alternative ways we can invest our money. I’m really excited to be part of this movement and help people realise their financial potential.”

“From investments that save cash whilst saving the environment, to money-making apps that help you get on the investment ladder, there are so many easy and sustainable ways to set up for the future.”

Will Richardson, managing partner at Giant Leap Fund

“What really excites me is that I feel like we’re just at the beginning of a movement towards positive change that will be beneficial for the people and the planet.

“What we’re trying to demonstrate is that you can make money and do good at the same time.

“Spending time with people that energise you, working on things that are meaningful – how can you not feel alive?”

Want to discover new ways to make money? Follow our New Investors