Shane Dillon

Shane Dillon

Shane has written the Word business column since 2009. He left his home town of Brisbane, Australia in 2004 and has worked in several Asian countries as well as Guatemala and Ukraine. He is interested in economics and the subtleties of doing business in Asia. Shane works in the insurance industry and can be contacted at

Thursday, 29 May 2014 20:46

Expensive Mistakes

Let’s face it we all make mistakes. Mistakes are part of learning and often bring some value to our lives from the experience gained. On the other hand some mistakes are true disasters and as the following list shows can come with a huge price tag. All costs have been adjusted to 2011 US dollars.

Thursday, 10 April 2014 23:25

The Habits of the American Rich

Tom Corley is an accountant and financial planner from New Jersey, US. He studies both the rich and the poor to see if there are noticeable differences in their lifestyles or habits that could explain the difference in their wealth.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 20:52

The Science of Marriage

Social scientists have been studying marriage and marriage happiness for over a hundred years. It is often forgotten that the idea of marriage for anything but economic or political reasons is still relatively new in the world, and still rare in many places, particularly in developing nations.
So if you’re thinking of popping the question, read on and get the more interesting research findings regarding marriage and how it affects our happiness.

Saturday, 25 January 2014 17:09

Virtual Currencies

Virtual Currencies

Currency is a medium of exchange. It allows people to store value in a symbolic way without having to carry around bulky or awkward items of actual value. A virtual currency is a form of unregulated digital money, not issued or guaranteed by a central bank, which can act as a means of payment.

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 10:33

Unusual Drains on the Economy

Unusual Drains on the Economy

We all see and feel the impacts of major events on the economy like natural disasters or manmade banking disasters. However, there are also common occurrences that also drain the real economy every year. Whether it’s sick days from work or all those delayed flights, when you consider these events as a whole (and economists do), they have a real effect on the underlying economy. And while stats of this nature are not available in Vietnam one can only extrapolate the effects here of hangovers, tardiness, delayed flights and traffic, black/brown outs and much more.

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