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Japan, personal finance, education, real estate, investing
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Stockholm Syndrome Just spent ten days in Stockholm in November. Pretty gloomy. Would recommend visiting in summer instead.Here are this week's links:Career advice: SO YOU WANNA BE A CHEF — BY BOURDAINThis is a really interesting point: Most of What You Read on the Internet is Written by Insane PeopleThe longer we wait, the bigger the bill gets: Joseph Stiglitz: 'America should be a warning to ...
Posted: Nov 11 2018 @ 12:00 PM
Best to be prepared My brother died last month. I'm in Stockholm now taking care of things. We had the funeral on Tuesday. Most of the family made it over, and many of his friends.I'm not really going to go into the details, but there are a couple of things that I think are worth mentioning:1. It's been a rough few weeks, ...
Posted: Nov 08 2018 @ 11:00 AM
Coming at you from a Swedish train [...] ...
Posted: Nov 04 2018 @ 12:00 PM
Still enjoying the summer I have to make a sudden trip to Europe, so posts might be late/missing over the next couple of weeks. Moushiwake arimasen (but at least I didn't falsify any quake safety data).The Japanese stock market is doomed because of financial illiteracy? Japan’s dying shareholders signal sombre outlook for its stocks.Bonds? Allow Myself to Contradict…Myself.​I got seven: 7 goals to hit ...
Posted: Oct 28 2018 @ 12:00 PM
A prime example of political risk Aaaaand... that weekly number is not going to get any bigger.Just when you thought we were done with this topic (at least I thought we were done!) the UK government has to pull something like this and force me to write yet another post about voluntary contributions from abroad. Apologies to non-UK readers, we'll be back ...
Posted: Oct 28 2018 @ 4:08 AM
It's just the smart thing to do Graphic from Rakuten SecuritiesRecently a desperate arms race has broken out in Japan, triggered by the opening up and promotion of iDeCo accounts to most of the population, and escalated by a race to lock in customers.We have all benefited.Because of this arms race between the institutional giants, the range of mutual funds in ​Japan ...
Posted: Oct 24 2018 @ 12:00 PM
Just the links, ma'am Apologies. Had a pretty heavy week and completely forgot to write the Monday Read yesterday. Here is a very bare-bones version with just the links. Will try to do better next time!https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/14/climate-change-taking-action-rebecca-solnit​https://www.epsilontheory.com/we-were-soldiers-once-and-young/https://soranews24.com/2018/10/15/lawson-begins-first-self-service-convenience-store-in-tokyo-no-line-ups-necessary/​h [...] ...
Posted: Oct 21 2018 @ 7:49 PM
Count your money as the world burns It's been a depressing few weeks. The UN released a report saying that unless governments across the world actually start doing something to avoid catastrophic climate change, we will experience catastrophic climate change.The US government then declared that as climate change is likely to be catastrophic, there is no point in implementing any policies to ...
Posted: Oct 17 2018 @ 12:00 PM
Not just links this time I went to a lecture on investing on Saturday, put on by the Nikkei Shimbun for subscribers. While it was much better than the last one I went to, I wasn't too impressed this time either.​ The gist of it was how to use data (such as that provided ...
Posted: Oct 14 2018 @ 12:00 PM
It can be done! Last week we wrote a post about buying Japanese stocks. In it, we mentioned the minimum lot size for buying and selling stocks, which has been standardised at 100 shares. This makes it very expensive to buy shares in many companies.However, there is an alternative way to buy shares that allows you to buy them one at a ...
Posted: Oct 10 2018 @ 12:00 PM


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