Thursday, 29 May 2014 20:46

Expensive Mistakes

Let’s face it we all make mistakes. Mistakes are part of learning and often bring some value to our lives from the experience gained. On the other hand some mistakes are true disasters and as the following list shows can come with a huge price tag. All costs have been adjusted to 2011 US dollars.

Thursday, 10 April 2014 23:25

The Habits of the American Rich

Tom Corley is an accountant and financial planner from New Jersey, US. He studies both the rich and the poor to see if there are noticeable differences in their lifestyles or habits that could explain the difference in their wealth.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 20:52

The Science of Marriage

Social scientists have been studying marriage and marriage happiness for over a hundred years. It is often forgotten that the idea of marriage for anything but economic or political reasons is still relatively new in the world, and still rare in many places, particularly in developing nations.
So if you’re thinking of popping the question, read on and get the more interesting research findings regarding marriage and how it affects our happiness.

Saturday, 25 January 2014 17:09

Virtual Currencies

Virtual Currencies

Currency is a medium of exchange. It allows people to store value in a symbolic way without having to carry around bulky or awkward items of actual value. A virtual currency is a form of unregulated digital money, not issued or guaranteed by a central bank, which can act as a means of payment.

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 10:33

Unusual Drains on the Economy

Unusual Drains on the Economy

We all see and feel the impacts of major events on the economy like natural disasters or manmade banking disasters. However, there are also common occurrences that also drain the real economy every year. Whether it’s sick days from work or all those delayed flights, when you consider these events as a whole (and economists do), they have a real effect on the underlying economy. And while stats of this nature are not available in Vietnam one can only extrapolate the effects here of hangovers, tardiness, delayed flights and traffic, black/brown outs and much more.

Shop Like a Billionaire

As they say, ‘tis the season to be shopping. And with so many gifts possible for those loved ones, where does one begin? Well if you’re a billionaire you cannot just gift any old pair of pyjamas to let the receiver know you are ‘a bit of a big deal’. And with that in mind, here is my list of the most expensive gifts possible for Christmas 2014.

International Space Station

When we think of expensive things we tend to conjure up images of sports cars, diamonds or luxury houses. However these pale in comparison when put next to the cost of some projects financed by corporations or governments. So what is the most expensive thing ever conceived in the mind of man and completed with huge sums of capital?

Wednesday, 04 September 2013 08:34

A Sporting Life

A Sporting Life

Many people think the average professional athlete has it made, paid to keep in shape and adored by fans — what could possibly go wrong?

Tuesday, 03 September 2013 04:49

Unlocking Our Potential

ERC course unlocking your Potential

Ed Weinberg sits in on some leadership training courses at ERC Institute with Vietnam’s best and brightest, eager to unleash some hidden greatness. Photos courtesy ERC International

Friday, 30 August 2013 09:49

The Business of Bikes


Karen Hewell and Hoa Le meet the entrepreneurs whose two-wheelers double as storefronts. Photos by Francis Xavier and Thiep Nguyen.

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