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A Contradictory Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

(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

On a scale of one to balloon, how happy are you?

 Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon – Winnie the Pooh For Christmas my ma, sis and I gave each other subscriptions to our favourite magazines. This way we would be spoilt every month for an entire year. Catching up on … Continue reading

Taking back the streets – a random juxtaposition

 You are a human being. You have rights inherent in that reality. You have dignity and worth that exists prior to law. – Lyn Beth Neylon This morning driving to work I became stuck in protests happening in Kya Sands, Johannesburg. My … Continue reading