1) Debt snowballs and avalanches
I have to plead ignorance. I have not heard of the debt snowball method until reading this blog It's a term coined to describe a method of tackling debt. Curiously, it advocates this morale boosting approach that targets smallest debt first. The idea is to take small, achievable baby steps to wipe out debt, then build up courage and confidence to tackle the bigger stuff.
Thankfully, I lead a debt-free existence now however my habit previously was to tackle the high interest rate first. This method is described by commerismcommentary.com blogger as the Debt Avalanche approach. The writer maintains this is a mathematically superior method, that is you'll suffer less debt in the long-run. I guess it depends how disciplined you are and how committed you are to getting out of debt.
Here's my my prescription;
a)Avoid credit like the plague
b) If you have credit cards, cut them up or put them on ice or at the very least use sparingly and pay off the balance in full every month
c) With any oustanding debt, shop around for the lowest interest rate personal loan possible, pay off your debts as fast as humanely possible
d) Go skiing to reward yourself when you dig out and have built a sufficient slush fund. Delayed gratification is the best kind of reward.
2) 4 more steps to financial freedom
3) Career advancement
By sheer accident, I got roped into Linkedin. It was a fortunate mistake really as this is the one social media that I have found to be the most useful. Having direct or indirect access to 10 million contacts and potential job leads can't be a bad thing. Still Linkedin has it limits.
Here's Kathy Kaprino with 8 myths about what linkedin in can do for your career posted by the Globe and Mail.
4) A 95% correlation
For those curious about FX trading; here's a primer from Investopedia on the pairing correlation beween Euro and the Swiss Franc.
Apparently a near perfect match for judging movements.
5) A place where talent wants to live
Here's a bonus video of Sir Paul Callaghan debunking some myths about NZ's strengths and weaknesses and lamenting that lack of visionary leadership in this country.
Definitely worth watching if you haven't already. "All truth lies in paradox." So true.