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Articles from Harry Clarke

Social media-induced failures in the market for news information

February 25, 2017 - 15:01 -- Admin

The web and social media, such as FB, comprise an innovation that, in some ways, makes us all worse off. For example, FB undermines the printed media because individuals almost endlessly provide hyperlinks to it, thereby providing an open access alternative to buying the content by, for example, purchasing a newspaper.

Vietnamese civet coffee

February 20, 2017 - 19:51 -- Admin

Vietnam is the second largest coffee exporter but its coffee has a low international reputation and much of it ends up in instant coffee brews.  In fact, there is a substantial coffee culture in Vietnam with (non-alcohol serving) coffee shops operating everywhere (I made the unspeakably bad error of judgment of asking for a beer in one – I got it though the owner had to raid her husband’s supplies!).

Testing connection with FB

February 20, 2017 - 19:22 -- Admin

A major issue with my WordPress blog is its inability to consistently connect with Facebook whereI spend too much time these days. I have refreshment all settings and this post tests whether a connection has been achieved.  I used the WP blog for 10 years so I would dearly like to get things working again. Helpful advice appreciated.

Death of a blog

January 8, 2017 - 11:14 -- Admin

My blog operated for 10 years and, at one stage, had more than 1000 hits per day. It has remained unloved and almost unused for two years now.  The delete button is presenting itself as an option.  There are problems in posting photographs that I cannot resolve and cross-postings to Facebook, where I tend to reside these days, only work on occasion.  Giving the matter thought.

Internationally diversifying your share portfolio

November 29, 2016 - 12:20 -- Admin

The case for diversifying your equity portfolio internationally is obvious given that Australian equities are such a small component on the overall international equity market and given the strong growth potential in many newly emerging markets.   One way of doing this – that I have in the past thought was a sound idea is to buy “low load” (low transaction cost) exchange traded funds from firms such as Vanguard.   I have increasingly developed reservations about pursuing this path.

Thoughts on Australian company tax reform

August 26, 2016 - 19:53 -- Admin

Introduction. One of the important constraints on tax reform in Australia is widespread ignorance about notions of tax incidence. A mistaken theory of tax incidence – the “flypaper theory” – suggests that taxes impact on those groups that they are directly levied on.  So, payroll taxes and superannuation levies fall on the companies they are levied on.

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