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Jane Plunkett

JANE PLUNKETT


LOOSE CHANGE

A look at finance for females.

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AS September sees London, New York, Milan and Paris all host glamorous fashion week events - magazines, newspapers and television are all awash with images of tiny, but tall figures wearing the latest offerings from top designers. The usual celebrity ‘fashionistas’ have also been photographed sitting in the front rows,…
HAVING work is a good thing. It gives you financial independence and of course takes away the anxiety of wondering where the money will come from to pay rent or the bills. But that said - it’s also important to have a healthy work-life balance and have the opportunity to…
WHY do rich people have so much money? Maybe for some it was a breeze due to inheritance or rich parents, but for others becoming wealthy is down to hard work and making smart choices in life. According to a study of very rich people accumulating wealth doesn’t just happen…
IN the music movie ‘Once’ the main characters bring a recording of a song they wrote into a bank manager’s office in an effort to woo him into giving them a loan for a studio recording session. More traditionally, however, those seeking credit tend to put on some respectable-looking clothes…
A LOT of news has been whirling around recently about the gender pay gap, highlighting how women often receive salaries that are not equal to those of men doing the same job. Female bosses work for free 100 minutes a day because they earn 22 per cent less than male…
Bilinguals get all the perks. Better job prospects, higher salaries, a cognitive boost and even protection against dementia. A lot of research has been done on the bilingual mind and it seems that going back and forth between languages is a kind of brain training, pushing your brain to be…
From fancy folders and trendy backpacks to USB drives and other techie gadgets, ballooning back-to-school costs are pinching families’ budgets. The cost of everything school-related keeps going up, which makes trying to pay everything else in the household a struggle. A recent report from the UK revealed that 60 per…
WE’VE all had a boss who is less than ideal. Mine was a bitter 50-plus year old woman who would shout, throw things at my desk and generally just be very unpleasant and disrespectful. When one morning she arrived at the office, opened the door and took a step over…
IN the past a pension was something to live off in old age, but nowadays those who retire are often a lot more spritely than their ancestors and the idea of sitting in a rocking chair on the porch watching the world go by doesn’t appear too attractive! Rather, many…
AT six months pregnant and just about to set off on a trip around Europe for one month, the idea of travel insurance popped into my head. I am usually quick to tick the “no I don’t want insurance” button on airline websites or similar such situations - it’s just…
How many times have we seen or heard about a young beautiful girl hooking up with a fat, ugly, balding - but rich - older man? She is after his money, or so it is often presumed. Why else would she be with someone that is so much older and…
YOUR car has broken down, but you need it for work, so it’s essential to get it fixed. But the repairs cost a fortune and you can barely make it to the end of the month as it is. So what can you do since money doesn’t actually grow on…
GROWING up there appeared to be a progression of events to follow in the world. Leave school, go to university, travel the world, get a job and then settle down and buy a house. Today our ambitions haven’t changed that drastically, most 30-somethings want to own their own home, but…
THE entrepreneurial world has long been dictated by men, but according to a study by the University of Cambridge it appears women are gaining ground. Females are also more likely than men to be thinking about expanding their business in the next three years. Women playing a bigger role in…
LET’S face it - it’s hot outside and it’s just going to get worse over the next few months! You might think to turn on the air conditioning, but this is an expensive solution to staying cool. So why not try and employ some cost-effective measures to help beat the…
We are all well aware of the dangers of the sun, but for some reason we often choose to ignore expert advice.Sunbathing on the beach, lying by the pool or walking along the promenade are all things we can enjoy in plenty here in Spain, but we must remember that…
FORGET ‘Operation Bikini’, how about going on a spending diet this summer? Aren’t you just envious of those people that manage to save money every month? They tuck some money away and sit back and watch it build up into a nice little nest egg. What a nice and secure…
THE sun is set to keep on shining on Andalucia for the next few months and as we pack away the winter jumpers and cosy socks, it’s now time to set up the terrace or garden and take cooking outside.Whether it’s you personally, your other half, a son or a…
CULTURAL stereotyping originates from somewhere, it’s definitely not just plucked from thin air! For example, even though not everyone might agree with it, the Spanish are well-known for bullfighting and also for Flamenco music and dancing. And for good reason too, as these cultural traditions have survived decades and continue…
THE simple mention of banks, bankers or ex-bankers these days sends a chill up the spines of many. Corruption and dodgy practices, along with the aiding and exercise of tax evasion are just some of the nasty things that some banks and people like former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato have…

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