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Game on: which footy code scores higher in your bank account?

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What your favourite footy code can tell you about your approach to money management

Aussies are notorious for our long-standing, never-be-decided, classic rivalries. Without a doubt, there will always be those topics that spark heated debate and keep us divided as a nation; Labor vs. Liberal, Holden vs. Ford, meat pie vs. sausage roll.

But when it comes to rivalries, perhaps the greatest of all is the ultimate footy code debate…AFL or NRL.

Like all great conflicts, no one can really remember how or why it all started but it makes the Montague/Capulet feud look like a playground squabble.

As the October long weekend approaches, most Aussies are gearing up for a two-day grand final extravaganza, regardless of which code they follow.

Even if you’re not a diehard fan, you will more than likely have a preference between the two. Did you know that your footy code preference can say a lot about your approach to money?

AFL aficionados

What you like about the game:

Aussie Rules might seem like an easy haphazard game to the uninitiated, but make no mistake it requires a high level of skill and fitness. With its fast-paced nature, the game demands energetic, lean and agile players. As a 360-degree game, players need to be aware of what’s going on around them at all times.

With players running on average 15-20km in one game, you admire the endurance that is a staple of an AFL match. Not to mention the level of precision and accuracy required for those kicks and handballs, usually done while running flat out.

Your money management style:

  • Like the players you love to watch, you are aware of what’s going on around you. You have your finger on the pulse; keeping abreast of what’s happening in the market, you’ll make financial decisions based on the current environment, making you fairly reactive.
  • No set-and-forget mentality, you’re highly engaged with your finances and when it comes to achieving your financial goals you’re on point. Your adaptability means you’re good at using various strategies to ensure you meet your objectives.
  • However, your adaptable nature may mean you take a short-term approach to money.
  • You often set short-term goals, outlining the steps for getting there quickly (which serves you well when it comes to budgeting).
  • As a result, you’ll chase the best rates for savings and TDs to help you get ahead as quickly and possible.
  • Not a huge fan of risk, you’re likely to diversify your investment portfolio across a range of asset classes to mitigate risk.

NRL natives

What you like about the game:

As a somewhat strategic game, NRL can be described as a violent chess match based on moving opponents around the field until you find that one gap, or get that one kick which was set up five plays prior.

The physical intensity and risky nature of the game always leaves you in awe. The players are much more reliant on anaerobic capacity compared to their AFL counterparts. The sheer size and strength of the players, and their ability to take brutal hit after hit is something to admire.

Your money management style:

  • Like any good play-maker, you’re financially savvy, often with several different investments and strategies at play. You’ll conduct copious amounts of research before making investment/money decisions to ensure it is the best option.
  • Somewhat of a thrill seeker, you don’t shy away from risky investments. You like the challenge that comes with riskier assets, whereas safer assets like TDs, bonds, etc. tend to bore you.
  • But that doesn’t mean you don’t plan ahead. You’re all about long-term planning. You know where you’re going in life and exactly how to get there financially. Because of that you tend to be highly engaged with superannuation, savings and long-term investments like property.
  • You also know defence is just as crucial as attacking, which makes you a great saver – consistent and regular with you savings plan. You’ll usually have a good savings buffer at any given time.

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