The course gives non-professional investors the tools and the knowledge they need to take control of how their wealth is managed and invested.

No Prior Knowledge

The course starts from the beginning and then moves at a good pace to cover a lot of material. It is not mathematical – it is descriptive.

Your Situation

The course is all about improving your individual situation. Week by week, the course leads investors through a self examination of their current situation to identify what needs to change and how.

Deep Understanding

The course is long enough to develop a comprehensive understanding of how investing and wealth management works.

The course I took with Sam in 2009 was one of my best investments. He has incredible knowledge and a rare ability to present in a way that is entertaining, relevant and memorable.
— Adam Trippe-Smith, Founder and CEO of Kegstar

Register for the next Free Introductory Session in Melbourne

Thursday 2 August 2018, 6:30-8:00pm
Melbourne Business School at The University of Melbourne

Enrol in the full Melbourne course beginning on Wednesday 15 August, 2018

Seven weekday evening classes
$980 + GST or $1570 + GST for couples

Classes to be held in the Melbourne Business School at the University of Melbourne on August 15, 16, 23, 30, September 6, 12 and 13.  Classes run 6:30pm - 9:30pm per session (20 hours total) with a short break in the middle.

Limited to 40 places only.

Sam’s teaching is unbelievably far reaching in a complex financial world.
— Vincent Tackoen, Director Talent Mobility Search

What you will Learn

The course is all about improving individual situations. We lead investors through a self-examination of their current situation to identify what needs to change and how. No prior knowledge of finance is required.

    A ‘value’ investment philosophy and a highly practical process for achieving your investment goals.

    The essentials of investment: portfolio allocations, diversification, risk management, liquidity management, leverage and more.

    Tools for assessing the competency of your financial adviser and managing the relationship with your adviser.

    How to avoid investment traps.

    The fundamentals of stocks, property, fixed income and other investments.

    How to understand and navigate the GFC.


    The fundamentals of family trusts, corporate trustees, self-managed super funds, estate planning, tax planning, etc.

    A guided and structured self-review of your current wealth management situation and how to improve it.

    Masterful delivery: The finance expert with the teacher’s penchant for imparting knowledge.
    — Chris Jose, Partner Herbert Smith Freehills

    Free Introductory Session

    Thursday 2 August 2018, 6:30 - 8:00pm
    Melbourne Business School at The University of Melbourne

    Everyday I use something I learned in Sam Wylie’s course.
    — Jehrom Clift, Business Owner

    Watch Sam Discuss the Course

    Sam Wylie discusses Windlestone Education's Finance Education for Investors course. The course gives investors the tools and knowledge that they need to take control of how their wealth is invested and managed.

    Sam makes complex concepts accessible. He creates context through storytelling and builds understanding through discussion.
    — Lara Pinto, Manager

    Course Content

    Ten fundamental topics in investing are covered in-depth to build up a complete framework for making decisions about personal wealth management. A comprehensive course book containing 200 pages of notes, charts and diagrams is provided as an ongoing resource.

    1. Introduction

    • Philosophy of investing in 6 parts.
    • Process of investing in 4 parts.
    • Getting expert financial advice versus mere opinion.
    • What are investors rewarded for: risk, liquidity and the time value of money, explained.
    • Historical risk and returns of stocks, bills and bonds in Australia and globally.

    2. Stock Market Essentials

    • Where are you on the risk spectrum?
    • Financial statements of firms.
    • Valuing shares – the dividend growth model.
    • PE ratios, dividend yields and other ratios.
    • Growth stocks or value stocks?
    • Importance of size and momentum.
    • Franking credits and share buy-backs.

    3. Stock Market Investments

    • Australian versus Global shares.
    • Buying shares direct.
    • Mutual funds and unit trusts.
    • ETFs (Exchange traded funds).
    • LICs (Listed investment companies).
    • Understanding brokers and dealers.
    • IPOs (Initial public offerings).
    • Role of investment banks.

    4. Commercial and Residential Property

    • Pros and cons of real estate.
    • History of real estate returns.
    • Residential real estate investment.
    • Is there a housing bubble?
    • Commercial real estate advantages.
    • REITs (Real estate investment trusts).
    • Unlisted property trusts.
    • Wholesale property trusts.

    5. Fixed income – Bonds, Annuities and Deposits

    • Government bonds and corporate bonds.
    • RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia).
    • Understanding the yield curve.
    • BBSW and other interest rate benchmarks.
    • Defensive assets in troubled times.
    • Term deposits and cash management trusts.
    • Government guarantees.
    • Bank hybrid notes.

    6. Understanding the GFC + Alternative Assets

    • Danger of deflation.
    • Quantitative easing – what it is and why it matters.
    • Taking a defensive position in the GFC.
    • Alternative assets: Infrastructure.
    • Alternative assets: Private equity.
    • Alternative assets: Hedge funds.
    • Industry funds versus retail funds.

    7. Managing Risk

    • Choosing your risk level.
    • Diversifying risk.
    • Interest rate risk.
    • Foreign currency risk.
    • Static hedging.
    • Dynamic hedging.
    • Insurance.

    8. Getting Value From Your Financial Advisor

    • The different types of financial advice: Accountants, financial planners, private wealth managers, private banks.
    • Your total fees paid for: advice + administration + investment management.
    • Managing the relationship with your adviser.
    • Assessing the ability of your adviser.
    • Choosing the right adviser.

    9. Structures, Tax Planning and Superannuation

    • Family trusts.
    • Professional services trusts.
    • Corporate trustees and corp. beneficiaries.
    • Estate planning and testamentary trusts.
    • SMSFs (Self Managed Superannuation Funds).
    • Superannuation planning.

    10. Valuing Private Businesses and Conclusion

    • Private companies & listed public companies.
    • Required return of investors in private equity.
    • Valuation by cash flow multiples.
    • Other valuation techniques for private firms.
    • Review of key concepts.
    • Concluding remarks.

    Free Introductory Session

    Thursday 2 August 2018, 6:30 - 8:00pm
    Melbourne Business School at The University of Melbourne

    Sam Wylie has given me the ability to read the context and the smarts to pick the right tools.
    — Marco Beltrame, Managing Director