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Tips for cutting through COVID-19 content clutter

5 May 2020

Author: Adnan Glinac, Executive General Manager – Life & Super

Social isolation has truly emphasised the multitude of channels for accessing information; from news sites to social streams, to podcasts and email newsletters.

It’s also highlighted how much noise is out there. For me, this has been a reminder of the importance of quality over quantity. Deciding where to access news, market updates and a dose of positivity has become an important part of my routine. So, I wanted to share a few examples of how I stay connected and informed in today’s physically disconnected world.

Following the superannuation and retirement income industry

Aleks Vickovich, Wealth Editor at the Australian Financial Review, is a steadfast of my morning routine. Alongside a daily check of seasoned financial journalist James Kirby, Wealth Editor at The Australian, and a read of the Herald Sun and The Age, I can be certain I’m entering the day with a complete outlook of what’s playing out across financial advice, superannuation, investment and regulation.

Scott Pape’s Barefoot Investor newsletter is read by more than 300,000 people looking to take control of their money, and is an interesting insight into the self-wealth questions Aussies want answered.

Tracking market movements

Three resources keep me up to date with market movements:

Cornering Coronavirus

While it’s touted as the ‘doom and gloom’ we’re all trying to escape, it is important to have a preliminary understanding of the ongoing COVID-19 situation. ABC has done an excellent job providing a steady stream of trusted news, as has The Guardian.

The Australian Government has now released its COVIDSafe app to speed up the process of contacting people exposed to COVID-19. I’ve already downloaded it myself and would encourage everyone to do so to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

You can also download the Coronavirus Australia app for the latest numbers, news and advice, or visit and the respective state health department websites.

Picking up on policy

I’ve found subscribing to the Treasurer’s media statements is the best way to be on the front foot of policy announcements pertinent to our business, our staff and our customers.

If looking to limit email volume, the Australian Financial Review is quick to cover new policies, or changes to existing policies, impacting businesses.

Leading on social media

Flicking through social media can be as educational as it can be time consuming, if you carefully curate who you follow. A few accounts that are producing unique and thought-provoking content at this time:

  • Gita Gopinath, Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund: provides a global outlook on economic forecasting.
  • Malcolm Farr, The Guardian: sometimes provocative, but always well-considered and well-researched commentary on the pandemic and broader implications of the government response.
  • Sue Desmond-Hellmann, former CEO of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: an impressive resume helping the Gates’ spend over $5 billion per annum on charitable programs, and using her expertise to provide an objective view of COVID-19.

Unwinding with good news stories

Amidst market movements and COVID-19 content I’ve been finding time to unwind by chasing good news stories. For me, SBS Food is a great way to switch off and pick up new techniques for an at-home dinner, and The Guardian Lifestyle’s ‘The good place’ platform is a source of joyful and thoughtful material.

And, if puppies jumping over coveted toilet paper sounds entertaining, there’s always TikTok – the social media platform dominating global isolation, and (some of) my downtime.

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