Category: Investing

Does it pay to play the ‘woman card’?

In the 2016 US election (which was itself somewhat like a game of ‘Cards Against Humanity‘), candidate Hilary Clinton was accused of playing the ‘woman card’ by rival Donald Trump. In reaction, her campaign actually produced such a card (with the dubious ‘benefits’ of lower wages, more expensive health care, no family leave, and ‘limited access to your own reproductive rights’) – although arguably no family leave is a circumstance that affects men as much as women, and framing it as a women’s issue only worsens the burden.

These cards were sold at $5 to fund Clinton’s campaign – ironically, resulting in Clinton literally playing the ‘woman card’ in her fundraising. But does it actually pay to play the ‘woman card’ in a financial sense?

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Are you neglecting your finances?

Piles of unopened bills. A wallet full of receipts and ATM statements. More accounts than you can remember the balances of. Cards you can’t remember the PINs to. Waking up in the middle of the night, heart pounding, thinking of your pension plan, tax return, or credit card statement. Sound familiar?

Certain words – like ‘bank’ and ‘statement’ – can grip us with anxiety. So much so, that Cambridge University researchers have declared ‘financial phobia‘ a bona fide psychological condition, affecting as many as 9 million people in Britain – mostly women and young people.

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Why does a shilling bun cost more than a shilling?

Walking past a bakery in Bergen, Norway today, I was consumed by the sweet aroma of hot cinnamon.

In to Baker Brun we went, to buy a Skillingsbolle, described as ‘the all-time favourite Bergen treat’ with a name originating from its original price of one shilling. In fact, the word ‘shilling’ itself derives from the Old Norse scilling meaning ‘division’, and was a division of the old Norwegian Rigsdaler.

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