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A Contradictory Life

Three money memories

This article was first published here. I have previously written about the enthusiasm and energy which encapsulates our passion at Anchor and how this enthusiasm has led to a constant evolving of the company. I spoke about the people that constitute … Continue reading

Found a female role model in a book and movie

You might not have had one, Phiona, but thank you for being a female role model to myself and many others. From a reading perspective, I have had the best year. I have devoured book after book and have mostly spent my … Continue reading

Finding the order in disorder

One year ago I attended a Flux Trends talk which I found absolutely fascinating and thought I should share with you all (before I attend the next one tomorrow – better late than never). The State We’re In provides a comprehensive snapshot … Continue reading

Why I drove an old car

Up until very recently I was driving a twenty-four year old Mazda 626 and I have had a draft post on the “why” for months, probably even more than a year, sitting in my dashboard. Besides the fact that I … Continue reading

Well, hi there

It’s been a while… I have so many thoughts that need to be typed out, so many draft posts, so many ideas milling around my head but I feel like I first need to ease back into this blogging thing. … Continue reading

Compassionate consumption

I have a massive problem with our excessive consumerist culture (some irony: at work I am the consumer and luxury goods analyst). I honestly believe that there is not enough capacity on Earth to support our current “standard of living”. We … Continue reading

The Parable of the Mexican Fisherman

My friend, Tam, told me a story the other night: The Parable of the Mexican Fisherman An American tourist was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the … Continue reading

I wrote a poem on Instagram. Sort of.

View this post on Instagram Not fighting the current, just Floating here, remembering my spirit there. A post shared by Tamzin Nel (@femmegypsy) on Jan 28, 2015 at 4:26am PST Not fighting the current, just Floating here, remembering my spirit … Continue reading

Why do people keep having children?

Last week Tuesday I listened to a podcast by Freakonomics called “Why do people keep having children?” (number 11 on this list) which I found incredibly interesting. The first baby I met: my sister, 23 years ago. Biological imperative apart, … Continue reading

Meaning Motion

I have been taking part in an Instagram challenge this month (read all about it, and the purpose of these kinds of challenges, here). The challenge was created and is being hosted by Gaelyn from A New Weigh and Kerri … Continue reading

Hashtag GIRLBOSS

I bought #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso immediately on Talya Goldberg‘s recommendation a few weeks ago and could not wait to curl up with it and read something that would motivate and inspire! I even had my pens and notebook ready so … Continue reading

Sometimes I forget I am only twenty-four years old

A few people have reminded me, especially after this post, that I am only twenty-four years old. In other words; I am accomplished given my age, that I still have time to do more and that I need to put … Continue reading

I failed. I am devastated.

The results of the the Level III CFA Exams were released yesterday. I was working from home on my computer when the little email notification box popped up in the bottom right corner of my screen, “Your CFA Exam Result” … Continue reading

Every Rand counts! #OneRandMan

Sanlam ran a fascinating social experiment during July – National Savings Month – with which I am absolutely obsessed. View this post on Instagram No amount of R1 coins can top this view. #latergram A post shared by Sanlam Group (@sanlam_group) on … Continue reading

The sustainability of health and wealth

A few months ago Anchor Capital (where I work) co-sponsored a cattle auction and I was asked to write something to introduce our business, tied in with an auction theme, that we could have printed on flyers and incorporate into … Continue reading

A town shrouded in mist and mystery, built on a valley of hope

Nestled between intriguing rock outcrops and with feral horses – descendants from the British forces – roaming free, lies the town of Kaapschehoop shrouded in mist and mystery. In 1882, at around the same time people were settling into Pilgrim’s … Continue reading

Behavioural finance models to challenge notions of efficiency [[ Part IV ]]

Part I of this Behavioural Finance educational series introduced the differences between Traditional Finance and Behavioural Finance. Traditional Finance is based on principles of neoclassical economics and is prescriptive in nature; consisting of theories and models which explain how investors … Continue reading

If I won the lotto and smart money habits

We have all played this game before: what would you buy if you won the lotto? I am not much of a gambler – there is that (not so) famous story of the time Ali, Olivia and I frequented the … Continue reading

An economic measure of happiness [[ Part III ]]

In the first part of this Behavioural Finance educational series I covered the differences between Traditional Finance and Behavioural Finance. In the second part I introduced the concept of Bounded Rationality as a theory because whilst observing, with an end goal … Continue reading

Synchronicity of minds

I wanted to become a social worker, war correspondent or a psychologist. I work in the world of investment management as an analyst and a portfolio manager for high net worth individuals. As I have said before, the tagline of my … Continue reading

New look. For me AND for you! [[ Giveaway ]]

We all know that when we first start blogging the look and feel of our sites are…uhh…questionable, at best. I cringe when I think of what my first blogspot site looked like! I quickly moved over to WordPress though and have … Continue reading

I work at an Auction House?

On Saturday Anchor Capital (where I work) co-sponsored a cattle auction and I was asked to write something to introduce our business, tied in with an auction theme, that we could have printed on flyers and incorporate into the information … Continue reading

Perfect information as a challenge to rationality [[ Part II ]]

Last month, I explained that  Traditional Finance is based on principles of neoclassical economics and is prescriptive; consisting of theories and models which explain how investors should behave. Behavioural Finance, on the other hand, is descriptive in nature; and it … Continue reading

Behavioural Finance because investors are not rational [[ Part I ]]

Traditional Finance assumes people are rational. The reason I studied Investment Management (and the reason I am going to do a degree in Psychology when I have finished with the CFA Exams) is answered with one question: have you ever … Continue reading

#BloggerSecretSanta

I wrote this post at the very beginning of December but due to some logistical issues and the (good) craziness that comes with December the receiver of my gift only got it this weekend so here it goes: a Christmas … Continue reading

Frustration

I am frustrated because people keep asking me why I am so quiet. I am frustrated because I have been moody and irritable. I am frustrated because my only desire right now is sleep. I am frustrated because I am … Continue reading

Sleep can be too much of a good thing

Robin Sharma has said that people who join what he has coined the “5 am club” rule the world. I am back to my 4 am waking routine after a few weeks of sleeping “in” – hello new year/studying/gym/crazy work … Continue reading

Book club: Booze > Books [[Also, first giveaway! ]]

Saturday was our last book club of the year and of course it was Christmas themed which meant it involved the best of the season: champagne, crackers, secret Santa gifts and, thanks to @Original_Iced, some cocktails! Last week a parcel from @Original_Iced arrived at … Continue reading

His name is title enough: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

This post, and more importantly the man himself, needs no introduction. South Africa and the world is mourning for the loss of our beloved Tata Madiba. His death came as no surprise; he had been ill for a long time … Continue reading

NaNoWriMo. Or, challenge accepted!

Day 1/30 Words 0/50 000 Plot: none Characters: none Title: none Ideas: none Yesterday, Samantha Perry sent out a tweet and this is what happened next: That’s right, in literally less than two minutes I had managed to sign myself up for the … Continue reading

Excerpts from my six/seventeen year old mind

I recently moved another Lifelist item to my “Accomplished” section; I bought a little three bedroom ground floor unit in a complex and I could NOT be more excited about it (eeeeeeeeek!). The official date of registration is most probably going to … Continue reading

Retro QWERTY: Typewriter love

“Much as I like owning a Rolls-Royce, I could do without it. What I could not do without is a typewriter, a supply of yellow second sheets and the time to put them to good use.” – John O’Hara I … Continue reading

Time to dance!

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom. – George Smith Patton A few months ago I wrote a post about a very depressing email I received but yesterday I am proud to announce an email of an entirely … Continue reading

First time published!

You have to learn the rules of the game, and then you have to play better than anyone else. – Albert Einstein The company for which I work sends out a daily Newsletter every morning. Last week my first little … Continue reading

A different kind of birthday card

A sister can be seen as someone both ourselves and very much not ourselves – a special kind of double. – Toni Morrison Mish, today, 21 years ago I met you for the first time. Our family was now complete … Continue reading

We sincerely regret to inform you that you are a failure

I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong – Benjamin Franklin Ok, that is not exactly what the email said from the CFA Institute. Their exact wording was: Dear Tamzin Nel We sincerely regret … Continue reading

A thankful love letter

Memory is the diary we all carry with us – Oscar Wilde Dear Wesleigh Today it has been four years since we started dating. As I recently started this blog as a way to document my life for one day … Continue reading

An imaginary line that divides something into equal or roughly equal halves

Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live. – Mark Twain The day I wrote my exam Wes arranged with the amazing people at Linden Cycles to pick up our mountain bikes which we had reserved. During the … Continue reading

Three things that made June an awesome month

  It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” – Leonardo da Vinci June has been a very exciting month for … Continue reading

(Wo)Men in Black and the prejudice of physical appearance

Dressed for success. – Roxette On Sunday night a few of my girlfriends and I watched Roxette LIVE in concert at the Coca-Cola Dome. The last time this Swedish band was in South Africa was seventeen years ago when they played at Ellis Park. We … Continue reading