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[23 Feb 2013 | No Comment | ]
Peer to Peer Finance

The Innovation Warehouse at Smithfield in central London played host, on 23 Feb 2013, to the first ever All Street Unconference on Alternative Finance. It was a very useful event, but not for the reasons that I had expected. Nor was it quite a typical unconference (I have been to 20 or more of them) because it had too many prescribed elements, a key note speaker, and very little time assigned to Open Space.

Nonetheless, if I had to do it all again, there is very little I would have changed, …

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[1 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]
A Station in Life

The sky’s the limit, but that doesn’t mean that the sky is where you should be!
In some societies there is a preoccupation with achieving fame and fortune.
In others, there is a desire to achieve your station in life. And that makes me think that there are 3 possibilities

you have already achieved your station in life
your station in life is somewhere below your current position
your station in life is somewhere above your current position

Now, clearly, if you’ve already achieved your station in life, you don’t need to read this article, and …

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[25 May 2011 | No Comment | ]
I want to invest some money, what should I do?

When you want to invest some money start with the end in mind! Why are you doing this? At the end of the day, what do you hope to get out of it?
As an accountant I am not authorised under the Financial Services Act to provide investment advice, and that’s why I have not published this article on my business web site. I am going to talk, in general terms, about the tax consequences here. But, you should remember that with any investment there will be other commercial and legal …

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[24 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]
What the Budget means for you

On Thursday 24 March 2011 the headline story on page 1 of The Times was about a cut in the cost of petrol (and diesel) and much fanfare about how “great” this was. By paragraph 3 the cynics amongst us will be reminded of the mantra “don’t believe the marketing”.
According to the report, and according to HM Treasury, it will cost £3 less to fill up the average family car.

That assumes that your average family car has a 300 litre petrol tank. Now, I’m not sure about you, but my …

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[16 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]

Do you believe that children pick up habits from other children at school? Maybe that’s why there is so much discussion about which schools are the best and where we should send our kids! Do you think that the same thing could be true in our own personal and business lives?
Whether consciously or sub-consciously, the conduct and behaviour of our peers has an effect on the way we do things. I know a Japanese lady who lived in Cardiff and who now speaks English with a Welsh accent. I also …

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[7 Feb 2009 | One Comment | ]

Why would I give you seven blogs in one?
The human brain craves order . . . that’s why! We like things to be neat and tidy. Given a choice between total and utter chaos or strict discipline, we would all choose strict discipline!
You disagree? OK, let me put it this way . . . given the choice between a smart, clean, purposeful hotel with uniformed staff, or a grotty, litter strewn one with rude, unkempt and wayward staff, which one would you genuinely prefer to stay in?
This blog is organised …