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Three Tips For Freelancers

Three Tips For Freelancers

It’s funny how certain words have certain connotations, isn’t it? I mean, we give words meaning based upon certain contexts, and these meanings inform our subsequent usage and understanding of these words. For example: freelancer. It is amazing to me that so many people still don’t hold freelancers in the same regard as entrepreneurs, when, […]

Pundits Predict Pound’s Plummet (Again)

Pundits Predict Pound’s Plummet (Again)

Remember that whole PESTLE thing that I’d mentioned before? Well, PESTLE has again come to mind as pundits from all over the world of finance have united in their pessimism of the British sterling’s short-term future, predicting the pound’s inevitable plummet against the U.S. dollar and Chinese yen as a result of Brexit.   I […]

The PESTLE of Possibilities

One of the most valuable nuggets of knowledge I’ve gained during my program is related to the PESTLE analysis. At first, I used to think of finance in isolation, as a discreet discipline with a prescribed framework for analysis. In other words, I used to think that finance decisions could be based solely upon the […]

Diverse Opinions on Diversification

As revelers the world over ring in the new year, many of us will reflect on our coulda, woulda, shouldas from 2016. Most people I know have at least one resolution related to financial well-being. Eschewing the plethora of get-rich-quick schemes (multi-level marketing, for instance), many professionals might consider investing a portion of their earnings […]

Economy, not Email: The Real Reason Clinton Lost

Economy, not Email: The Real Reason Clinton Lost

My disclaimer is that I’m American, so I find myself inextricably drawn into the election abyss. While most pundits predicted a landslide win for Clinton – largely as a result of the ineptitude of her opponent, to say nothing of divisiveness of his campaign rhetoric – her campaign apparently failed to gain traction where it […]

Trumped-up Expectations for Interest Rates and Financial Markets

Trumped-up Expectations for Interest Rates and Financial Markets

Gee whiz. What a difference a week makes. With the election of Donald Trump as POTUS, there have been significant ramifications on the financial markets – changes that were not predicted when it was assumed that Hillary Clinton would win in a landslide victory.   Somehow, Trump’s election has triggered optimism of economic growth, and […]

Playing the Trump Card

Playing the Trump Card

OK, I suppose at this point, it’s fair to conclude that a PESTLE analysis does have a rightful place in strategic finance, as argued in the module by the same name. First, Brexit backlash wreaked havoc on the British economy, with a $1 trillion loss the following day. Now, the US presidential election is causing […]

Mystery Solved

OK….now I get it. I mean, now I can better understand the reason behind the massive $2 trillion IPO the Saudi government is offering as part of a scheme to take Saudi Aramco public. Essentially, the country is on the verge of economic collapse, and this IPO is supposed to make up the national budget […]

Here Comes Trouble: A $2 Trillion IPO

I love it when elements of my finance course show up in real life. Sometimes I have to make analogous parallels in order to apply certain theories and techniques, and other times something just falls right into my lap in textbook format. In reading about venture capital a couple of weeks ago, I was so […]

A British Pound Rebound?

Now I can better understand why University of Leicester emphasizes a cross-disciplinary approach to management studies. I have to admit that at first, I simply considered that it was just a very ‘academic’ thing to do. However, with Brexit creating chaos in multiple arenas, I have a better sense of why it is important to […]

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