They said the World was My Oyster but Someone Stole the Pearl

They said the World was My Oyster but Someone Stole the Pearl

A Baby Boomers’ Guide to Living a Life of Choice not Compromise

Markham Collins, Russell Mann


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If you could implement a financial plan that offered a life of choice rather than compromise - would you follow it? Of course you would! And yet the world’s largest population cohort is hurtling head first into retirement on precious more than a whim and a prayer. Of even greater concern, most will run out of money before they meet their maker. Written by Baby Boomers for Baby Boomers, there’s no sugar-coating the facts in this refreshing, fast-moving and totally relatable tale that clearly and candidly addresses the financial realities faced by those born between 1946 and 1964. And there’s more… the actions needed for enjoying your twilight years in financial comfort are explained in black and white, along with check lists for getting your affairs in order. The good news is: You can live a life of choice not compromise. So what are you waiting for?


Markham Collins:
In co-creating Collins Mann Private Wealth Management in 2002, former senior banking executives and colleagues Markham Collins and Russell Mann pioneered an innovative financial planning consultancy. Having coined the phrase ‘a life of choice not compromise’ they are committed to empowering their clients to take charge of their financial future. In doing so, they developed ground-breaking software that allows their Baby Boomer clients to track short-term progress against their long-term goals via a 24/7 secure portal. Baby Boomers themselves, Mark and Russell share their experience and insights in this their first book They said the World was My Oyster but Someone Stole the Pearl – A Baby Boomers’ Guide to Living a Life of Choice not Compromise.

Markham Collins: Engaged by one of Australia’s top four banks for over two decades, Mark’s investment prowess came to the fore during the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). During that time, he helped high-earning individuals to sustain multi-faceted portfolios hit hard by slowing property markets. Under his watch, Mark’s clients not only survived that tumultuous time but went on to grow their wealth and prosper in the years that followed. Today, Mark offers bespoke integrated financial planning advice in relation to risk insurances, lending, mortgage broking and estate planning.

Russell Mann: While still studying accountancy at university, Russell commenced working with a prominent Big 4 Accounting firm. This experience would hold him in good stead for senior leadership roles in the private banking sector that included providing portfolio advice for some of Australia’s wealthiest corporate professionals and corporate financing for clients in the mining and manufacturing industries. A qualified financial adviser, Russell addresses cash flow management, investment planning and liquidity, establishing and maintaining self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs), appropriate lending arrangements, risk and asset insurance packages, business protections, estate planning and more.|||