I Wanna Bang the Drum by Trevor Plumbly

Out of Pocket It’s within living memory when Germany’s currency was scarcely worth its paper content; million mark notes were worthless and workers were paid thrice daily to combat inflation. In more recent times, Zimbabwe went through a similar situation, yet it’s hard to imagine those responsible for that economic lunacy suffering any great hardship from the events. There’s the odd exception, but in the main, financial folk do indeed dwell in marble halls and rarely end up with the ‘have-nots’. For them, recession becomes opportunity and tax liabilities a solvable puzzle…. Read More

Earning a Crust by Trevor Plumbly

Dollars and Sense? As the old Jewish saying goes, ‘There’s no profit in looking in another man’s pocket.’ By and large, I’ve done my best in life to avoid doing that, but a newspaper article the other day forced a bit of a rethink. A CEO of one of our leading banks is now being paid over $4 million a year; stick a few perks in the mix and you’d probably end up nearer the $5 million mark. Big salaries are an accepted part of American corporate life; what I’m asking is,… Read More