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Riding the Metro – Brussels, London & Paris

Using the underground in these three cities is pretty straightforward, with the main question being which ticket to get and how much does it cost? If you and your colleagues occasionally visit one or more of these cities, it might be worth getting a couple of communal cards and extra tickets for the office.

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Do you know London’s five financial hubs and how much it costs to rent a pad in them?

Property is pretty much a national obsession for Brits and, I suspect, for many other nationalities too. So I thought it would be fun to take a look around London's four financial districts - the City, Canary Wharf, Mayfair and Old Street - and the possibly-upcoming one of Stratford to find out a bit about them and what you can rent there. Few people know London and its rental market as well as Jeanette May who specialises in helping people find homes when they relocate to London, often from abroad. Here, she shares her expertise on these areas and gives some tips on what you might find for a budget of £2,000 and, for those of you feeling flush, £10,000 per month.

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BOOK REVIEW: Making it Happen by Iain Martin

Here's an amazing fact: RBS was briefly the largest bank in the world by assets in 2007. The problem: for banks, assets means money they're owed and well, the RBS downfall is now legendary. Subtitled "Fred Goodwin, RBS and the men who blew up the British economy" Iain Martin traces how things went so wrong for this once esteemed bank and its equally esteemed CEO. Worth reading? Yep - it's a pacy page-turner that reads like a thriller and gives the inside scoop on how RBS almost brought down the British economy.

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Interview with Mirna Hidalgo: living a life that feels like an adventure, not an ordeal

I'm so delighted Mirna agreed to be my first interview for Moxie Rules. I got to know Mirna in Brussels back in the noughties (2000's) when we sat opposite each other in Euroclear’s legal department: she was a senior lawyer responsible for strategic projects, I was in compliance neck-deep in policies. However, a few years ago Mirna did what so many of us wonder about doing: she switched lanes and set up her own business as artist, coach specialising in burn-out prevention and conflict management, and lecturer. I wanted to know why Mirna changed careers, what challenges she sees people facing in the corporate world and how can we manage them, and where does creativity come into it?

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My DerivSource Article: It ain’t always easy being a compliance officer or regulator

“Control and patrol” roles— jobs in compliance, risk, audit and the regulators - are important, never more so than after the 2007-08 crisis. So why is there often that mixture of self-deprecation, humour and — yes — weariness by the good folk doing them? Having worked in regulatory and compliance roles for well over a decade, I’ve given this a good deal of thought and often chatted about it with contacts of mine who also do these jobs. DerivSource published my article which gives four reasons why I believe control and patrol roles throw up some specific challenges, but why it’s far from all bad. Find the link below.

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BOOK REVIEW: Brag! The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It By Peggy Klaus

Networking, schmoozing, self promotion, job interviews, appraisals… words that strike dread into many hearts, mine included: suddenly cleaning grout off bathroom tiles with a tiny toothbrush looks like a solid way to spend time. But, it’s gotta be done if we want to get on in our careers. The problem is, the author of this book on artful bragging notes, promoting ourselves is not something we’re taught to do. How do we fix that? Peggy Klaus, "bragologist", has the answer.

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BOOK REVIEW: Payback (Debt & the Shadow Side of Wealth) by Margaret Atwood

What happens when you teach a group of monkeys to trade pebbles for slices of cucumber and then give one monkey a grape instead? And why does it matter? Margaret Atwood – she of The Handmaid’s Tale – directs her remarkable intellect towards understanding debt, piercing what it is and what it means to the very heart in this slim book.

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Where to get great coffee in Canary Wharf

Caffeine fuels the frenetic world of Canary Wharf and there's no shortage of places to eat and drink but for carefully crafted, top-notch rocket-fuel, try these three coffee houses.

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BOOK REVIEW: Janesville – An American Story by Amy Goldstein

Janesville: a small city in the state of Wisconsin, home to the oldest General Motors factory - main Janesville employer - before it closed in 2008, right in the middle of the Great Recession causing large scale unemployment. This is the story of what happens next. Worth reading? Absolutely. Winner of the 2017 FT and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, this book lives up to its hype

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BOOK REVIEW: Swimming with Sharks – inside the world of the bankers by Joris Luyendijk

An outsider tries to prise open the secret world of London finance. Worth reading? A lot of this is unlikely to be new to those who work in London’s financial sector but the fresh perspective of an outsider will bring a few new insights. To those outside this world, this is an excellent primer.

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