What’s for Breakfast?

Morning Newspaper at Breakfast

Morning everyone! I hope you are all keeping well. It has been a while since the last blog post but I was able to get myself out of bed early this time and I thought I would finally share some of the things I have been reading.

 

Football/Soccer:

I hope you all have been keeping up with the World Cup in Brazil considering there have been some shocking results and some expected victories. Nonetheless, it has made for quite a spectacle even though there has been protests going on at the side.

1. Is it Really Football over Soccer? – TodayIFoundout [Daven Hiskey]

I couldn’t believe it the first time I read it. I would usually think that football was the original term and continuously note the superiority of it. However, it seems that since soccer preceded football by around 18 years. I was wrong for a longer period of time.

2. Today’s Matches

I don’t think today’s matches will create the classics we have seen in the past couple of days – namely the huge loss suffered by the Spanish football team. However, it will be interesting to watch how France and Argentina fare against their respective challenges. Here are the matches:

i) Switzerland vs Ecuador
ii) France vs Honduras
iii) Argentina vs Bosnia and Herzgovina

Economics:

1. Inequality – Credit Suisse [Joseph Stiglitz]

I found this short video and article very interesting as Economics Nobel Prize Winner Joseph Stiglitz explains the dire consequences of inequality and how it can become a loop leading to even more inequality in the future.

Give it a watch!

2. Oil Futures – CME Group

Another important aspect of the global economy is oil prices that are affected by the near civil war in Iraq. As oil futures rise this could cause (if not already) instabilities in the market – The BSE Sensex fell 348 points (-1.36%) and I hope it rebounds back after that.

Interesting:

1. Whisky or Vodka – TheFinancialist [John Watling]

Honestly, I am quite pleased about this. The catchy title and the growth of the whisky market makes me beam from ear to ear considering I prefer whisky over vodka (even beer).

2. Power Poses – Amy Cuddy et al.

Feel nervous before an interview or any social interaction? Well, sit or stand in a ‘high power pose’ and you are likely to increase your testosterone levels and decrease your cortisol levels (responsible for stress). Just watch the rest of the video to really understand what I am stating.

I think this is really neat and before an important interview what’s the worst that could happen?

Inspirational:

1. Hire for Potential not Experience –  HBR

We all need some enlightening and inspirational things once in a while. Since graduating from Boston University, I have been applying for jobs and internships and it can be a tiring experience. It is especially discouraging when you don’t receive a reply after a number of weeks, which nearly confirms your rejection status.

However, to all those who are applying, don’t give up and I wish you all the best. It is difficult in such a competitive world and a modestly recovering economy however, I am sure you will all achieve your dreams in the future.

Have a good day! Take care. 🙂

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