Fat-finger cash fiascos can cost an arm and a leg

Everyone, or almost everyone, banks online. A recent McKinsey survey found 96 per cent of Australians at least do some of their banking online. But with this switch to do-it-yourself transactions comes a rise in the number of errors we make with our money. After all, nobody’s perfect.  Read at the Sydney Morning Herald.

Book review: Enough Already – how to beat the quarter-life crisis

Forget about mid-life crises. Quarter-life crises are now the in thing because students graduate with no career opportunities in sight, according to wellness coach Mike Iamele in his snappily titled plea for sanity, Enough Already.

Read at the South China Morning Post (scmp.com).

Vietnam’s ‘King of Danang’ Nguyen Ba Thanh mourned by all

Lunar New Year celebrations were being toned down in Da Nang this week as the central Vietnamese city mourned the death of a former top official. Read at the South China Morning Post.

Gambling on our future: are Australians financially reckless?

Research shows Australians bet and lose more than any other people. A report, published in The Economist last year, pegs Australian gambling losses at a world-beating $1144 per resident.

In step, debt is sky-high. Last April,  household debt hit a record 177 per cent of annual disposable income. The facts suggest we’re reckless.

Read at the Sydney Morning Herald.

Brilliant and busy

University of Adelaide research fellow Dr Fiona Kerr defines her approach as “staunchly multidisciplinary”. Certainly, her professional concerns are diverse. The 57-year-old, who runs her own consultancy and can drive a mining truck, has an overdue airport book in the works – on the neuroscience of leadership, collaboration and creativity.

Read at the Sydney Morning Herald.

Counting sheep won’t help you sleep, but other techniques will

High-pressure Hong Kong is nicknamed the city that never sleeps. Most of us manage to string some shut-eye together, but you may well suffer from sleep disruption, which can leave you feeling shattered when morning rolls around. Read at the South China Morning Post (scmp.com).

Bitcoin can help travellers cut costs of foreign exchange

Moving money overseas is notoriously expensive. The way to avoid being gouged by brutal online banking costs could be to enlist the power of the alternative currency bitcoin.

Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.


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