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Monevator's bugbears; 5 signs you're a borrowing junkie; Tax planning for pot dealers?!; 7 work habits of the highly successful; Kids party's on the cheap

Monevator's bugbears; 5 signs you're a borrowing junkie; Tax planning for pot dealers?!; 7 work habits of the highly successful; Kids party's on the cheap

By Amanda Morrall

1) Bugbears and reading 

I had to laugh reading Monevators' weekend reading blog when he opens by referencing his online debates with a "certain type of clever man" over peak oil, the rise of China, a declining manufacturing sector in the UK and a shortage of future jobs in the West.

Similar themes are perpetually debated on our website when property and housing prices aren't dominating the comment thread.

Monevator, you'll know by now, is an investment blogger from the UK with a flair for writing and a penchant for well balanced portfolio construction.

I think most of our readers will get a laugh out of his latest blog as well as find value in the best of the best financial reads from the weekend cited at the end of it.

2) Borrowing junkie no more

I've never been a borrowing junkie but I know many people who have. Breaking the cycle is never an easy thing especially when there's high debt loads involved. Here's 5 signs you're a borrowing junkie via

3) Tax planning for pot dealers

You have to applaud Harvard legal eagles for keeping abreast with the times. At a tax planning seminar hosted last month by Harvard professor Stephen Shay, federal taxes with respect to legal dispensaries of medical marijuana were laid bare with a view to beating the "Draconian" tax rules that applied to them.

Medical marijuana is legal now in 18 states as well as the District of Columbia so taxation has become an increasingly relevant topic for those companies specialising in its supply.

I suppose it's just a matter of time before we face a similar situation in New Zealand with marijuana arguably a cheaper form of pain relief for masses of ageing and ailing oldies.

4) 7 habits of successful people

Stephen Covey wrote the book, literally, on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People but as 7 is a highly attractive number to both writers and leadership gurus we have a new title on the offer exploring similar themes.

Forbes Money, reporting on author Laura Vanderkam's new mini-ebook, looks outlines the 7 workplace habits of "most successful people" when they are on the job. As most of us earn a living from work, I'm sharing them here.

Keeping a work log is one of the tips in order to identify where and how your time is spent. Apparently, "knowledge workers" spend close to 30% of their day checking email, not necessarily in a productive capacity either.

Investing in your career capital was Vanderkam most recommended tip.

5) Party on without the pain

Children's birthday parties have turned into something of a production for keen parents wanting to impress (whom I'm not sure). As a result, costs can spiral out of control. The following, from Guardian Money, looks at some simple but effective low cost party plans.

Like what you've read? You'll enjoy the book better. Here's how to order a copy of Amanda's book Money Matters: Get your Life and $ Sorted. The book is also available in ebook format as well via Amazon and is replete with hyper links to help you get your finances in order. 

You can also follow Amanda on Twitter @amandamorrall; check out her previous Take Fives here; Find out what she's up on on her own blog here.  

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Ive got a hangover from the Kids Party's and have forgotten how to use apostrophes'  :) Must be Monday.


Kids parties -  Happy to recommend Clip and Climb in Dominion Road, Auckland - we entertained 12 children there aged from 4 to 11 on Saturday morning.   Very attentive and polite staff there too ($130 all up).  

Then it was back to ours for a pile of Dominos pizzas ($25). 
Assorted junk food ($10)
Birthday cake made by birthday girl and mother the night before.







#1.   Grantham misses it in spades.


If we use finite fossil fuels as if we had 300 slaves working for each of us, 24/7, then even mentioning 'older folk working longer' suggests he misses the relativity. An older person can't put out much more than 100 watts, and only for a few hours a day. The statistic is too small to even be called 'noise'.


Same with the blogger. Some of us are champions of renewables, but there is no way they do what oil does, as compactly or conveniently.


He may have a point re capitalism - if you allow endless bankruptcies at personal/corporate/national level, I guess it can go forever. But if the bankruptcies are often and massive, or the debts are carried to impossible proportions, sooner or later you have the bleating mass questioning what 'value' is. With that confidence gone?



  I read Grantham's quarterly report.  I would say he has put forward a possible scenario.  I certainly don't think your scenario is  a 100% certainty. Even if his scenario is no better than 5% (and I think it is at least that much and maybe even up to 20%), it is worth a read


I would recommend anyone else to go and read Grantham's quarterly report and see whether it is thought provoking.


#1, a mathematical failure.."Peak oil was always a bogus threat, at least in our lifetimes and those of our kids"  and you'd trust someone who cant do basic maths? ie undersatnd the expotential function?

oh dear.

NB So what about his grandkids?