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Types of Insurance: What Everyone Needs, And What They Don’t

Don't know what insurance you need? Fear not. Here's a list.

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Insuring Yourself Against Aliens

Crazy Insurance Policies. And how insurance is actually meant to work.

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Financial Advisor Hokum

The first day of your first job is tedious. You try to arrive early and then realise that you’re not sure where to park. The guard at the door forces you to sign the visitor register. Lunch is a takeaway from that brightly-coloured place that no one goes to after their first visit. And you […]

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Susus and Stokvels: They’re For Rich People Too

I have a new favourite podcast: NPR’s Planet Money. Every single podcast gives me an idea for a post – although what I would write is basically a transcript. For example, their latest episode is: “The Economist’s Guide To Drinking While Pregnant” – which is totally relevant for the sanctimoniously knocked-up. It does a little […]

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We’re Up All Night To Get Lucky

Today’s post has actually already been posted on another website (ModestMoney.com). Yes – my very first guest blog! Here’s the link: Man Can Live By Luck Alone Please visit it, read it, comment on it, and most importantly: retweet it and share it on facebook. Firstly, because I want to be invited back. And secondly, […]

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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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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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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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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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