The Australian Investors Podcast

Chris Brycki - Evidence

Chris Brycki is the founder of Stockspot, Australia’s largest robo investment adviser. Chris is a very intelligent, evidence-based investor. He’s a big advocate for investing via index funds and ETFs, and keeping costs low inside and outside of Super.

Chris is a member of the Cancer Council’s investment committee and ASIC’s board for digital innovation.

I could have chatted to Chris for hours because I really enjoyed his candour and insights about portfolio management. I think every investor, beginner to advanced, should consider his insights in developing robust portfolio management strategies of their own.

To begin, Chris and I discuss a tense investing conversation he had live on television.

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Show Notes

  • 0:45: Intro to Chris
  • 1:30 - A tense conversation
  • 2:40 - Chris’ journey to investing and a $1,000 challenge
  • 6:00 - Tips for getting children excited in investing and finance (explain what shares represent, how you can own a business, sharemarket games, etc.)
  • 8:45 - Joining UBS and getting an all expenses paid trip to London to have cavier on the London Eye
  • 11:30 - Chris is made redundant during the GFC
  • 13:30 - Why Chris felt the time was right to start StockSpot
  • 15:30 - What is StockSpot and why is it called StockSpot?
  • 18:30 - Is a Chris a tech guy?
  • 21:00 - What the heck is “robo advice” and StockSpot one of those?
  • 24:30 - Why does StockSpot use ETFs and why did Chris stop ‘picking’ individual shares?
  • 27:30 - Is “risk” just volatility or is it the chance of losing money?
  • 33:00 - Why does Chris own gold and how does he get that exposure?
  • 36:30 - What Chris looks for in ETFs: Physically backed ETFs, cost, liquidity and slippage/spreads. (ETF research paper)
  • 43:30 - What is a ‘Smart Beta’ or ‘Factor ETF’?
  • 49:00 - Fat Cats of the Super industry
  • 54:00 - Why and how the biggest Super funds could be hiding more risk in ‘balanced strategies’
  • 57:30 - 3 Ways Chris would fix the Super system
  • 1:01:30 - Active fund managers with 0% management fees
  • 1:04:30 - Chris' good podcasts, books and resources

Quote: “incentives of people providing the money aren’t aligned with people managing the money”

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