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Big Ideas in Quiet Spaces

Image credit: Bella De Paulo “Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine.” –Alan Turing Two friends, artists Gregory and Angie Tan Burns, requested I write about “Inspiration” in this time of profound financial inequality spurred on by distressing levels of capital mis-allocation. To …

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Fish Tales: Financial Advisors’ Biggest Lies – Asian edition

Image credit: discovery.com People who seek out investment “advisors” generally believe the advisor has a conflict-free fiduciary responsibility to help them find an appropriate investment strategy.  Why people believe this, I have not a clue.  Certainly there is enough recent evidence to prove otherwise, but time and again, people suspend logic and tolerate more exploitation …

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Charter of Promises

Wiser Wealth Charter of Promises© I promise to act as a fiduciary at all times and to the best of my abilities. As such I will not be accepting any commissions or kick backs from any fund, any platform or anyone else while I advise you or represent your investments. I will not pay anyone …

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Dangling Carrots – How To Respond to Vague Financial Promises

Often well meaning people make vague financial promises and leave loved ones confused and anxious about their words or actions.  This happens between parents and children (young and old), spouses, in-laws and other benefactors/beneficiaries. From 10 years of case work, here are three money personality types that commonly make vague financial commitments: Best Intenders Intend …

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If An Amazon Falls, Does An Analyst Hear It?

The sun is about to set on all things tech once again says my Silicon-Valley-Stock-Analyst-BS-Detector, which has been pinging off the charts since about early April. Yes, we are in for another Dot Com Kind of Sell Off. And while there are countless “high growth” companies with curious income statements promoting all things irrelevant, it’s Washington-based …

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Post Nuptial Agreements – Don’t Leave Home Without One

Global nomads and nomad wanna-bes, listen up. If there is one piece of advice I would give to both those living overseas and those embarking on the fun-filled journey of an overseas posting, here it is – Get Yourself a Post Nuptial Agreement. This is especially true if you are a trailing spouse giving up …

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Welcome To The Jungle

To paraphrase Hobbes, life in the jungle is nasty, brutish and short. It is driven by short termism – ‘eat that zebra now because you may not be alive tomorrow to enjoy it’. Thankfully the human condition has evolved since our days in the jungle. We developed complex socio-economic structures through rational thought and strategic …

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The Flaming Psychedelic Swan

Credit: Smilin’ EyenTreasure, Fine Art America What Happens When Interest Rates Rise? Is the single most debated and asked question of 2015 within the financial community and among individual investors. How does one comment on the most obvious “event” in financial market history; it’s the flaming psychedelic swan that you can see coming from a million …

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US vs. Singapore; Comparing Investments Around the World

It’s a good day indeed when the media asks smart questions and an even better day when you are quoted accurately, so I am circulating this article from an interview with Forbes contributor Robert Laura. The article gets into the nuts and bolts of investing from the perspectives of different nationalities. Below I take two examples, an …

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