Signs of Life at The End of The Tunnel

Money Matters appears every two issues, hence one every four weeks. Just two issues ago our main concern was the growing conflict between the US and Iran and its possible impact on global business and investments. By the time of the next article the threat had evaporated and a new, unexpected threat to humanity, the […]

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Pandora’s Box Has Been Opened

It happened much later than one would have expected but two cases of the coronavirus in Jakarta were finally confirmed on 2nd March. The public reaction was predictable; within hours, videos were circulating on social media of crowds panic-buying in supermarkets and of empty shelves. The next day I had to line up as I […]

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It Never Rains But It Pours!

When I wrote my last article two issues ago there was a real possibility of a major conflict arising in the Middle East following the assassination by the US of Iran’s second most powerful figure, Qasem Soleimani. There was potential for disruption to airline travel, the tourist industry and stock market volatility. Ironically these consequences […]

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Could The US / Iran Conflict Impact Expats in Bali?

The short answer is yes, but to what extent depends on your nationality, your job or business, and to what extent you travel. It can also affect your savings and investments. Conflicts have been ongoing in the Middle East for thousands of years so why should the latest crisis be any different? The reason is […]

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Why Would Any Expat Decide To Leave Bali?

If the same question were posed with reference to Jakarta it would not be too difficult to find plenty of reasons; no doubt the one that immediately comes to mind is the gridlocked and chaotic traffic and associated pollution. While the people are friendly and welcoming, there are other reasons such as growing nationalism (not […]

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Staying Safe In The Financial Minefield

How many readers remember the days when we would receive hand-written letters from far-off lands, usually West Africa, telling us some sad tale of a president or other leader who had met a sudden end in an air crash or similar and had left a huge fortune that was at risk of being  misappropriated? Invariably […]

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What Major Items are Missing from Education?

Does modern education prepare us for the real world? That was the question I would ask myself as I struggled with Latin in the later years of my secondary school in the UK. Latin speakers did not have too many job opportunities apart from perhaps the clergy or as historians. It wasn’t even useful when […]

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