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Office Politics: The Art of Self-Appraisal

I am, by nature, an argumentative individual. My therapist has informed me, in not very glowing terms, that this comes from my daily occasional frustration with a world that is empirically out to frustrate me. I mean – how dare it frustrate me?! And, of course, I disagree with her. I think I just like […]

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OfficeRomance

Office Politics: The Awkward Wedding Invite

This week, I spent some time (more time that usual) watching the statistics of you, my dear readers, subscribers, and clicked-here-by-mistake-ers. Based on over 18 months of panicked Ctrl+R on the Stats Dashboard, I feel like I can say this with empirical certainty: I am not popular on a Friday. I can say a few […]

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Headhunting As Practiced By Recruiters

I recently listened to a podcast on the art of shrinking heads. It’s based on this article: “How Shrunken Heads Work” from howstuffworks.com, which is totally worth a read. But here’s a summary: Consult a shaman who’ll chew some “leaves” and then point out the person whose head you’ll need to hunt. Hunt him. Get […]

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money95

Why Executives Deserve To Get Paid The Big Bucks

On Friday, I had a breakfast meeting – which seems to be the constant preoccupation of the entrepreneurial and the freelanced. And because it combines business with pleasure food, I am a huge enormous massive fan. We talked business. Then we talked shop. And finally, the conversation came round to how much we miss being […]

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Unit Trusts: The Stuff We Forget

Preliminary note: this is the fourth post in the series on Unit Trusts. You should read Unit Trusts: How They Work, Unit Trusts: Match-making for Difficult Personalities and Unit Trusts: Why We’re All Active Investors before you read this one. So to briefly recap, after spending a bit of time analysing your risk tolerance, you’ve decided on where you […]

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fund managers

Unit Trusts: Why We’re All Active Investors

Preliminary note: this is the third post in the series on Unit Trusts. You should read Unit Trusts: How They Work and Unit Trusts: Match-making for Difficult Personalities before you read this one. So to briefly recap, after spending a bit of time analysing your risk tolerance, you’ve decided on where you place yourself in […]

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retirement planning

Unit Trusts: Match-making for Difficult Personalities

Disclaimer: parts of this post are going to come across as sexist. But apparently, this is “good taste chauvinism” – the kind that involves the appropriate allocation of roles (Tarzan cook meat, Jane make salad). The ugly type of chauvinism, as I understand it, involves men being pigs. When a man is choosing a wife, […]

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Unit Trusts: How They Work

So let’s say that you accept the following: Small changes have exponential impact (Have you really done the math? #SavingsAreImportant); and The best way to save involves committing to the saving in advance, just before you get a raise, via debit order (The psychology of savings) And maybe you’d like to put some of that […]

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Rent or Buy: The Problem with Home-owning

Why it sometimes makes sense to buy and sometimes makes sense to rent. And gin.

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