As someone who has been hanging around for a while but only recently registered, I just wanted to introduce myself and say "Hi". My educational background is in Commerce and Computer Science and I worked at Melbourne Uni for a few years before leaving the "lifestyle" job and heading to the private sector. I now work at AXA as an IT Technical Architect - basically designing the IT systems that AXA's financial products run on. I love the work and while it's mostly IT-based, I also get great exposure to AXA's business and financial requirements. I'm in my early 30s and have finally settled down after a good few years of travelling and am starting to focus on investing. Not too much to speak of yet (~$35k shared between Rabobank savings account and Vanguard index share funds) but my partner and I earn pretty good salaries (both around $130k each) and we're keen to get saving. The current plan is to build up some relatively conservative leveraged (~50%) investments mostly in index funds until we've got enough to start looking at some direct property investments. Anyway, that's me. Thanks for all the interesting reading on the site!