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.

Sunday, 03 May 2015 17:15

Safe Havens

In 1998 the oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett, made the following statement regarding gold. “Gold gets dug out of the ground in Africa or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head.”

Wednesday, 04 March 2015 19:56

Attack of the men

I read a report this month regarding global population statistics and saw an interesting fact: Men currently outnumber women worldwide by 60 million people. So this month I delved into the reasons why and found out some interesting things regarding male/female population numbers in different countries.

Monday, 23 February 2015 20:01

Advertising

One of the things I enjoy most from being an expat and living in a foreign land is not understanding the vast majority of advertising that is forced into my head every day. To live in the era when advertising was designed to be helpful (and honest) to me would be great.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 19:39

The Future is Now

Wow it’s 2015, and how Vietnam and the world have changed over the last year. It’s apparently only the beginning of bigger and greater, stranger and more diverse changes to come. So this month I have taken out my crystal ball to look at some of the mind blowing ways society, as we know it, will change in the coming years and probably sooner than you may think.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 19:40

So You Want to Be a Billionaire?

In my experience almost everyone wants to be rich in Vietnam. This is especially true of people who come from very little — money is seen as the gateway to happiness and opportunity. And while I may disagree on whether money buys happiness, it sure does buy a better form of unhappiness. So to make it easy for all the readers out there, I am going to give everyone 10 guaranteed ways to become billionaires; all you have to do is solve one of the following problems.

Monday, 08 September 2014 22:57

Influential Groups

In many countries and industries, there are small elite groups that have almost absolute control over their specific jurisdiction. This month I decided to find some of the lesser-known groups who wield power over things people use and buy every day.

Saturday, 02 August 2014 00:04

In The Club

Vietnam is full of little clubs, bars and secret spots that always spike my curiosity. What sort of awesome fun and adventurous activities take place behind these doors?

Friday, 11 July 2014 20:27

World Cup Dollars

The World Cup is almost over and as always it has been a fascinating spectacle watching some of the highest paid athletes in the world compete for their countries’ glory.

Friday, 13 June 2014 21:58

Weighing up the Odds

As some of you may know I work in the insurance industry and while each of us is so unique in a myriad of ways, when you look at people as large groups (as insurers do) we are all a fairly predictable bunch. The fascinating things I see every day in regards to claims and user profiles, applications and medical histories show a sobering commonness in how much we are all the same.

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