My goodness, this industry involves loads of reading!

One thing for sure is that being a participant in the financial market yourself involves tonnes of reading!

I’m not working for any institutions. I’m only a private investor & trader and even then, I have to do a lot of research and studies to keep myself up to date.

A few hundred pages a week probably… I seriously hope that I don’t get burned out…

Just imagine what people like Donald Trump and Prince Al-Waleed Talal have to go through to keep themselves current. Talking about newspapers alone, I’ve heard that they have to go through a number of them each day.

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Alan Grayson: Is Anyone Minding the Store at the Federal Reserve?

A shocking video (or perhaps not so?) of Rep. Alan Grayson asking the Federal Reserve Inspector General about who keeps track of the trillions of dollars lent or spent by the Federal Reserve.

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Should I use a motorbike to commute?

Here’s another post in the ‘Australia or Malaysia?‘ series.

When I was in high school, I got my motorbike’s L (learner’s) license as soon as it was legal. I rode my loyal smashing red coloured Modenas Kriss everyday to school and to Pusat Tuisyen Kasturi. However, after I was done with SPM, I couldn’t be bothered with converting to full license and I let my license lapsed (Yeah, I know, dumb).

Anyway, due to the whole mumbo-jumbo of economic meltdown and the problem of expensive goods and services that we’re currently having, I am actually considering of opting for motorbike as a way of transportation to and fro work (When I get a job later on I mean).

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Should we save our money or go on a spending spree in the current crisis?

What do we need to do in the economic crisis that we’re facing at the moment? A lot of people are advocating that we shouldn’t splurge and we should save our money for the future.

Is that notion correct?

Going back to economics 101, it’s actually the other way around. As we all know, negative Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth equals a recession. To support GDP, one actually needs to spend his/her money. Only then you can fuel the economy. If we save, we’re only crippling the GDP.

During an out of control economic boom do we only start cutting down on our expenditure so as not to allow the inflation goes out of hand.

However, of course, things are not as simple as that. The emotional distress that a financial crisis gives you alone is enough to deter you from going out there and shop like there’s no tomorrow.

Also, one thing to remember, splurging helps the economy but will be bad for an individual’s nest egg. Agreed?

Please, my readers out there. Do participate in the discussion. What do you reckon? Should we spend or should we save?

P.S. If you ask me whether am I spending or saving, I’d say I’m saving my money. I’m pretty much scared shitless thinking about what’s going to happen to me after I graduate.

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Disclaimer: This article is not a specific nor general advice on managing or investing your money. This article does not constitute a recommendation nor does it take into account your investment objectives, financial situation nor particular needs.

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Public Asia Ittikal Fund not Syariah Compliant?

I’ve been meaning to blog about this topic for quite sometime now.

While I was in Malaysia, I received Public Asia Ittikal Fund’s (PAIF) annual report for the financial period from 2nd of August 2006 to 31st October 2007.

In the “notes to financial statements” section, they listed out pretty much all of the companies that they are holding in their portfolio.

One company caught my attention. ABC Learning Centre, an Australian company.

According to ABC Learning Centre’s financials, I noticed that their total debt divided by market capitalisation is somewhat in the vicinity of more than 50%.

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