About Vern Gowdie

Vern is a contributing editor to Money Morning — Australia’s biggest circulation daily financial email. (To have Money Morning delivered straight to your inbox you can subscribe for free here).

Vern has been involved in financial planning since 1986. In 1999, Personal Investor magazine ranked Vern as one of Australia's Top 50 financial planners. His previous firm, Gowdie Financial Planning, was recognized in 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007, by Independent Financial Adviser (IFA) magazine as one of the top 5 financial planning firms in Australia.

Vern has been writing his 'Big Picture' column for regional newspapers since 2005 and has been a commentator on financial matters for Prime Radio talkback. His contrarian views often place him at odds with the financial planning profession. In his leisure time Vern remains active with triathlons and pilates.

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‘Should I Kill Myself?’

volatility index crashing downA 23-year-old man posted this depressing message on social news and discussion site Reddit. What could possibly have driven him to this level of despair? The young investor, was infatuated with the XIV…so much so, his post had ‘XIV is my girlfriend’. The overnight collapse in the XIV — due to the Dow’s flash crash on 5 February 2018 — saw the young man’s portfolio shrink from US$4 million to US$200k.