Gary’s Global Stock Foundation – Vanguard MSCI Index International Shares ETF (VGS)

Frankie loves individual stocks. Ian is an Indexer through and through.

I’m a fan of both strategies, which is why I’m splitting my funds down the middle between index funds and individual stocks.

My first big step is to set a solid foundation for the global fund. This means putting half of those funds to work immediately in some solid index funds. The easy part of the investment strategy, where I intend to just set and forget.

Our buddy Ian highlighted the vast number of index funds or ETFs available a few weeks ago, and it can be a little overwhelming to know where to start.

For me, it’s very simple.

I’m looking for global exposure outside of our home country of Australia.

I want a single index fund to keep things simple.

So after a little research, I’ve landed on my index fund of choice:

Vanguard MSCI Index International Shares ETF (VGS)

I’m more a bullet point kind of guy, so here’s a few fast facts on VGS:…

Introducing… Global Gary!

G’day! I’m Gary – or ‘Global’ Gary as Frankie calls me.

Frankie’s been kind enough to invite me into the Fully Franked Finance club. But while Frankie and Ian are duelling it out in the Aussie market, I’m Going Global! I plan on teaching him a thing or two about stocks outside his cosy little country of Australia.

There’s a big wide world of shares out there. Australia only makes up around 3% of the global equity markets! How can you find the best investments when you’re only dabbling in such a tiny pond?

And it’s not like Australia is leading the way when it comes to innovation. Sure, we’ve had a great mining boom (thanks China!) when resources stocks were on top of the world, but that was just digging up stuff from our own back yard.

And our banks are some of the best in the world, but they’ve had a great run on the back of our booming property market. Hard to see that continuing for much longer.

These are not industries of the future.

We don’t have anything remotely equivalent to Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Disney or even Starbucks, just as a handful of examples. There are some amazing companies out there beyond the shores of this massive island we live on, and I’m sure many more great potential stock investments.…