The Office - Christmas Edition!

All news regarding what has been happening in the office and our favourite gift ideas heading into Christmas!

The Office – Christmas 2019 Edition!

It has been a busy few months heading into Christmas at Pekada HQ!

Rhiannon and Zac both sat there FASEA exam in late September, all financial advisers must sit and pass the exam before January 2021 as part of the new education requirements for advisers. The exam tests general financial planning concepts and knowledge along with an emphasis on the ethical obligations we have. I’m glad to say that they both passed with flying colours!

Rhiannon contributed and was featured in one of Australia’s most well known and highly regarded financial planners who has since retired, Noel Whittaker’s, latest book ‘Making Money Made Simple’ giving her insights on financial advice. We still have a few copies left if you’d like one just shoot us a message

We also have a brand new website! You may see a few familiar faces on the main page but hopefully you enjoy the new look website as part of our slightly new branding. If are unsure how to navigate the site or locate your regular pages then please contact us at and we will be happy to assist.

Fresh off the plane after a trip to Myanmar (Burma) in December, Zac recorded a podcast with Pete discussing their best financial and general travel tips. Be sure to have a listen here.


What many describe as the most highly anticipated shopping guide of the year – The Oprah’s Favourite Things 2019 List Is Here! Oprah lists 79 perfect presents on her list. Not to be outdone, the Pekada team thought we could offer a few suggestions of our own ‘favourite things’ from stocking stuffers to the extravagant for 2019. So here it is..

Stocking stuffers (under $25)

Nature Republic Shea Butter Steam Cream: An essential in my book. Here’s my favourite – Mardy

Transformazing Sheet Mask: Love this mask to make me look half human in this period of my life (2 little ones = minimal sleep!). I also love that its a Melbourne based business doing awesome things – Rhiannon


T2 Sips: A great accompany with a great book! My favourite? English Breakfast Tea that is a little on the sweet side – Kirsty

New Look oversized t-shirt – black: Can’t go wrong with a plain black tee – Zac

Ecoya Vanilla Bean Mini Diffuser: A great accompany to any room at home – Manu

Hey Tiger chocolates: Ethical, Chocolate and made in Melbourne… enough said! Delicious and you won’t be getting any complaints on this gift. Highly suggest you try “The Weekend” for yourself which is a mix of caramel and cracker crumb.

When you are trying to impress (Up to $200)

Nanoleaf Light Panels: Put simply, a great edition to any room. Great, fun, artistic lights – Mardy


Riparide Story Voucher: Love this as it does all the thinking for a unique local getaway (where to stay, things to do, places to eat) at a variety of price points – Rhiannon


Kindle Paperwhite: My pride and joy – Kirsty


Comme Des Garcons Wonderoud: One of my favourite fragrances – Zac


Crown Spa Melbourne: Once in a while, you must splurge on yourself – Manu


Good Food Gift Card: This is the gift that keeps giving as it gets the initially warm and fuzzy feeling from getting a gift, but also gets the recipient to take some time out with a friend or loved one to share a meal. There is life after Uber Eats!


Sky is the limit (imagining we just won lotto and price is not a consideration!)

Audeze LCD-2 OR Devialet Phantom Gold – Eargasm? Yes please! Depending on your preference for listening to music or watching movies – Mardy

Tickets and travel to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Good timing for this one as it only comes around every 4 years and is in a brilliant city to boot! With 55 Olympic and Paralympic Sports to choose from it is a sport lovers paradise. For what it is worth, my pick would be the gold medal game for the basketball. After embarrassing themselves in the World Cup, team USA will be out to make a statement and I am tipping all of the big names including LeBron to be there.

Original Artwork by Grotti Lotti: Amazing artist from my hometown, every now and then some original artworks come up for sale – Rhiannon


Bunnings voucher for home renovations: I’ve ran out of paint and I need a whole new garden. Yes please! – Kirsty

Courtside tickets to the NBA Lakers vs Clippers game: Would love to see Lebron James and Anthony David take on Kawhi Leonard and Paul George – Zac


Family holiday to Disney Land: Yes please! – Manu