Brian started out teaching higher education actuarial studies, statistics, finance, accounting, economics and risk management. This gave him an in-depth theoretical understanding of the foundations of the financial markets…and how to analyse a wide range of data.
While he delivered high-quality lectures and engaged in academic research, he invested his savings into the financial markets. For a number of years, he made some gains, but he also gave a lot of them back.
However, in early 2013, his fortunes would change…
Meeting with an old primary school friend one day after church, this friend opened his mind to the TRUE world of central banking. He realised the extent to which large financial institutions act in their own interest at the expense of the general population. And so began an odyssey of deeper research you’ll never learn at any university…
He discovered the works of gold market veterans — from Mike Maloney to Tekoa Da Silva, to Peter Schiff, Rick Rule and Eric Sprott. With their guidance, he invested in and endured the brutal 2013–14 gold bear market. It taught him a lot.
In the years after, not only did he recoup his past losses, he accumulated sufficient funds to allow him to pursue investing as more than just a side hobby.
In early 2017, he began to build his own database to record operational, financial and metallurgic information of various ASX-listed gold mining companies.
Having gained a deeper level of intuition from his past few years of success, he tested this with the data and detailed his findings via a series of research reports, published on HotCopper in 2018. These reports were very well-received and, in late 2018, he started writing valuation and SWOT analysis reports for selected gold mining companies, regularly posting them on social media and stock market discussion forums.
Soon after he established his own fund, the Australian Gold Fund, which remains the only 100% gold equity fund in Australia today. In doing so, Brian put his strategy and research skills to the test under public scrutiny.