Category: I

July 31, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Inversion Covid-19 will drop real estate prices & halt the “Great Inversion”: darkened luxury towers, bought as investments by absentee owners, are monuments to a crisis of success.  Inflows of knowledge workers, big firms & the global super-rich into cities (unlike past outflows from urban decay), led to unaffordable housing, inequality & segregated communities.  Cheaper property…

July 16, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Inveigle Criminals always find new ways to inveigle victims. In the age of the virtual heist, we know who has lost, but it’s not clear who has gained.  If ransom Bitcoins are never moved or spent, they become more scarce & valuable.  But if the hackers sell their Bitcoins, it floods the market & high…

June 24, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Indispensable Soap opera.  Greatest life-saver & now Covid-19 indispensible item.  Dish the dirt – why do billions comply with instructions to wash their hands with soap?  Because we believe science, public authorities & the media.  Unexplained orders from distrusted bosses don’t wash.  What’s the story?  Simple soap & glory Guessed the Word?       …

May 21, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Infiltrate Lockdown challenge: how to stop life infiltrating work?  Create time & space boundaries around our working day.  Find a desk sanctuary or separate work zone.  If space is scarce, set up & pack up home office each day.  Can’t allow working from home to become living at work.  Out of the mouth of babes Guessed…

March 11, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Isolate Coronavirus: how does isolating ourselves stop the spread?  The maths of contagion applies.  Minimize the contact each carrier of the virus has with others, to reduce the number who can be infected.  Reduce personal interactions to zero & the outbreak will end.  Miss the meeting to miss the bug Guessed the Word?     …

February 10, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Irish stew The epitome of comfort food: Irish stew.  Few ingredients – mutton, onions, potatoes, maybe carrots, parsley or thyme.  Dates back to at least 1800s, when it was made slowly over an open fire.  Still heartily enjoyed today.  The economic importance of sheep for wool/milk meant only old animals ended up in the cooking…

Inn

January 3, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Inn No room at the inn this Christmas?  Raise a glass – UK pubs report c.12% higher festive season sales, compared to 2018. The sector is facing drinking habit changes – young people socialise online rather than go to a pub.  476 pubs, mostly small independents, closed between Jan – Jun 2019.  But good booking systems &…

November 29, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Internal rate of return How do private equity funds juice the internal rate of return (IRR)?  IRR is calculated once clients’ money comes in.  The shorter the period their money is put to work, the higher the annual IRR.  So, funds borrow money for the initial investment, & ask for client money later, to make…

October 28, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Invisible hand 1776 economics milestone:  Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations.  Free markets ‘led by an invisible hand’ benefit all, not just the butcher, brewer or baker seeking profit.  No other idea in history has done more to raise global prosperity.  His pin factory study showed division-of-labour specialisation & productivity motivates trade.  The ‘invisible hand’ is…

September 11, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Island sale If Greenland was for sale, what should USA pay Denmark for it? Features: world’s largest island, 80% ice cover, population 56,000.  Rich in minerals, fish, oil & gas. Strategic site for defence/space.  Past US purchases from Denmark: 1916 Danish West Indies (now the US Virgin Islands) $25m = $500m now.  1946 2nd offer…