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We constantly hear that Vietnam’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) is growing at rates of around 5% or 6% a year. In 2014, this reached US$186.2 billion, almost triple what it was in 2006. While this is touted almost universally as being positive, what exactly does this mean? And what is the outlook for 2016?

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Tuesday, 05 April 2016 04:17

Dodgy Expats

Mark my words you will see more dodgy expats in Vietnam in the coming years as it starts to become an even easier place to live for foreigners. Over my past 13 years as an expat and eight years in Vietnam I have met some of the best and worst of the expatriate community. Some examples of the ‘dodgy expat’ include; simultaneous multiple wives and children; abandoning long-term girlfriends who become pregnant; ripping off business partners, or plain old-fashioned dodgy drug dealing.

Published in Business
Thursday, 17 March 2016 06:38

Don’t be so Scared in 2016

In my lifetime I have seen the mainstream media morph into an almost non-stop fear generating machine. It would appear that weekly there is a new threat to my imminent safety. I work in the health insurance industry and I have a fairly solid understanding of risk to your well-being, and while it is good advice to heed the wise words I heard in a movie recently — “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst” — this month I have collected some facts that prove the world is not as scary as some would want you to think it is.

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Thursday, 11 February 2016 15:28

Expensive Fast Food

As my ample belly will attest I do like to eat and while of late I have tried to eat in a more healthy way, the sweet siren call of fast food (and the growing list of options of in Ho Chi Minh City) is making the battle a difficult one. That being said, over a delicious burger and fries this month I looked into some of the fancier and more expensive fast food options around the world. No surprises — most come from our obese cousins in the US.

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Monday, 11 January 2016 08:37

Is it Really Worth It?

I was recently in Hong Kong on a business/golf trip and got to hobnobbing with some pretty ridiculous rich people. Some of their stories of excessive consumption, particularly in the arts, had my jaw dropping. It got me thinking of other things I put little value in, that turn out to be worth quite a bit of coin.

Published in Business
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 18:06

Where’s the money?

There are 1,826 dollar billionaires in the world. Vietnam has one — Mr Pham Nhat Vuong who ranks 1,118 in the billionaire list. He is the founder and chairman of Vingroup. Approved Index, a UK-based business-networking group, crunched the numbers from Forbes’ World’s Billionaires list in 2015 to find the most billionaire-dense nations.

Published in Business
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 19:29

Family Business

The Lohner-Porsche, the first car built be Volkswagen and Porsche founder, Ferdinand Porsche

In a recent report released by Credit Suisse they introduced the CS Global Family 900 universe, which is a database of the 920 largest family-run businesses on the planet.

Published in Business
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 19:26

Rise of the Machines

Robot Chef

I read a great article last month on recent developments in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how this is the most important thing in the world right now that no one is talking about. For those of you like myself who had little recent information on this trend, I highly recommend you to read the article on waitbutwhy.com entitled The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence. So firstly may I welcome our new robot overlords. In their honour I will look into the jobs that are going to be the first to go (as reported by NPR).

Published in Business
Sunday, 16 August 2015 17:30

The Most Expensive Holidays in the World

2015 is flying past and I am just back from annual leave. This year the family and I headed back home to Australia and for the first time in many years.

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Monday, 06 July 2015 20:14

The Oldest Companies in the World

As my company celebrates 10 years in Vietnam (and 60 years in Asia), this year I decided to look into the companies who have existed for the longest amount of time. Below follows some of the oldest companies and what they have done for so long.

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