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Alien neighbours

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Monday, 26 June 2017 09:00

My entire working life has been spent in the financial services sector. It has been a rewarding career and, importantly, it’s paid the bills. But if I had my time over again and I was smart enough (which I am not!), I sometimes think that I would have enjoyed being an astronomer.

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Faith-based investing

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Monday, 19 June 2017 09:00

The ability to invest along religious lines is gaining momentum. Some people of faith are avoiding “sin stocks” in favour of spiritually responsible funds. Such individuals want their investments to grow, but not at the expense of strongly held moral beliefs.

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Human longevity

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 09:00

You are approaching your 100th birthday. Life is good and you are healthy thanks to advances in medical science. But your retirement savings are anything but healthy. In fact, they’re almost depleted. You quit work 40 years ago and are about to outlive your savings. 

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Disappearing manners

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Saturday, 03 June 2017 09:00

Sometimes I think that I was born in the wrong era. I still open the car door for my wife, even though such chivalry is now unfashionable. I still say “please”, “thank you” and “excuse me”, even though this etiquette seems to have gone out of style. And I still stand aside and wait for others to exit an elevator before entering, even though this gesture is often not reciprocated.

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Whistleblower backlash

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Monday, 29 May 2017 09:00

The only thing necessary for the triumph
of evil is for good men to do nothing
Edmund Burke

Edmund Burke was an 18th century Irish philosopher, orator and political theorist. His much quoted triumph-of-evil statement and his interventionist notion of good require us to speak up against wrongdoings. Evil prevails when we turn a blind eye to something that is not right.

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