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Why go for Absolute Returns?

Friday, 17 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 3 By Graham Macdonald
Achieving absolute return targets in multi-asset funds is very different and, in my opinion, much more difficult to achieve than relative return targets and requires a completely different approach.

Phone Cams - can they produce good results?

Friday, 10 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 2 By Harry Flashman
Having had a professional photography studio for many years, using all formats of film cameras, I was very reluctant to join the digital movement.  However, like gravity, the effects of…

Too young to tango?

Friday, 16 September 2011 Issue Vol. XIX No. 37 By Hillary
Dear Hillary, I’ve come over to Thailand, but I am beginning to wonder if I’m just too young for all this.  I’m 45 and living off the money I made…

Fast weight loss

Friday, 10 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 2 By Dr. Iain Corness
After all the excesses of Xmas and New Year, you may have found that you have put on a few kg.  So here’s how to get them off! I have…

Landscape photography

Friday, 03 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 1 By Harry Flashman
Now that you have your new Xmas camera, how about exploring Landscape photography?  Is it easy?  Point the camera at rolling fields and push the button.  Another great shot -…
Thai insurance companies provide two types of life insurance which trigger a personal income tax deduction in Thailand: 1.  A regular life insurance policy - Deduction for premiums up to…

Picture books

Friday, 09 September 2011 Issue Vol. XIX No. 36 By Hillary
Dear Hillary, You have often mentioned books that newcomers to Thailand should read and you should add Falangs in Thailand to that list.  This cartoon book by Mike Baird is…
Read any of the popular press (as opposed to the scientific medical press such as the Lancet, for example) and you will read about vaccines being developed to save us…

eBay is the answer?

Friday, 27 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 52 By Harry Flashman
Photography is great for bower birds.  Collectors all of us, with items kept long after their usefulness has waned.  Some of it has become surplus to requirements, some of it…

Should currency hedging be part of your portfolio?

Friday, 27 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 52 By Graham Macdonald
Let’s start at the beginning: what is currency hedging (CH)? If we just go straight for the basics then it is a situation where investors have assets in countries where…

Is she married?

Friday, 09 September 2011 Issue Vol. XIX No. 36 By Hillary
Dear Hillary, One of the girls at my office has been very friendly to me.  Holds my hand when talking to me in the corridor, and always goes out of…

No flash for better results

Friday, 20 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 51 By Harry Flashman
Flash photography tends to worry some weekend photographers, so this week we might try to de-mystify lighting.

Treasure in the medicine cabinet

Friday, 20 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 51 By Dr. Iain Corness
Did you know that the incidence of poisoning of children has risen in the past few years?  This is not deliberate poisoning by someone with evil intent, but “accidental” poisoning…

What happens if you die without a will?

Friday, 20 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 51 By Graham Macdonald
Thinking about death is not a pleasant pastime; reflecting on our own mortality even less so. Yet it’s something we must all do, to avoid unnecessary complications for our loved…

Smelly Issan food

Friday, 09 September 2011 Issue Vol. XIX No. 36 By Hillary
Dear Hillary, I have a problem with my wife’s cooking.  She does a mean sausage, egg and chips these days, and even has a go at toad in the hole.…
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