Category Archives: Finance

A blatant insurance salesman

Salesman: This policy is called the Peace of Mind Policy and it’s perfect for you. Customer: Why? Salesman: Well the exclusions are printed in light blue on a green background and I don’t think that you’re the sort of person … Continue reading

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Book Review: Mohsin Hamid ~ How to get filthy rich in Rising Asia

When your first book is The Reluctant Fundamentalist the bar is set very high indeed for subsequent books. The temptation is to write the same book again. I have in mind Lee Child, Ian Rankin et al. who write scores … Continue reading

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David versus Goliath: the Campaign against Barclays Bank 1969-87

In the period 1959-69 there were boycotts of South African goods and sport. Boycotts included not buying South African fruit or playing international cricket. Universities boycotted academic jobs and conferences1. The Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM) failed to galvanise the British public … Continue reading

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Book review: Anthony Trollope~ The way we live now (1875)

If you want a long (780 pages) novel that you can wallow in like a warm bath that doesn’t get cold and sweeps along with brilliant writing this is for you. Trollope wrote this in 100 chapters, which were published … Continue reading

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University of California: Berkeley 2017

There are 1098 students enrolled on CS61A at Berkeley who are happily sharing a learning experience in the Wheeler Hall, which is Berkeley’s largest lecture hall. In state students pay $34,972 and out-of-state students pay $61,654. Is this a demonstration but … Continue reading

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Theresa May: an unlucky political general

“I know he’s a good general, but is he lucky?” Napoleon Early evidence suggested that Theresa May was a lucky political general. Political accidents fell in place in exactly the right order for her to emerge as Prime Minister in … Continue reading

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Nationwide Building Society: July 2017

Along with virtually every other bank and building society Nationwide work hard at attracting savers. This is their latest offering and in truth it isn’t bad i.e. it is quite attractive. However it is locking savers into negative interest rates … Continue reading

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