Are You Liquid? by Adam Howard

The Rookie is BAAAACCCKKK!!  The coach has had The Rookie on light duties, and after a few games in the reserves he is back in the first team and is tackling the issue of liquidity.  Everyone is talking about debt, but what about cold, hard cash.  So, how about some tough questions like, "Is there more or less cash around these days?", "Who is holding that cash?" and "Do households hold as much cash as our banks have to?"  In a world awash with debt, we need to remember that CASH IS KING!!! And if you don't have any, then you need to take charge of that situation and remember what Moliere, the king of old school French comedy, used to say, that we will be held responsible for not only what we do, but what we fail to do....

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How Can I Be More Productive? by Adam Howard

The Rookie has lodged all the forms, ticked all the boxes and passed all the tests and is launching his own venture.  Will anyone be interested in what he is selling?  Well, that's the big question.  Just like some of the big questions posed in this week's Update.  Like, why is productivity, or a lack thereof, such a hot topic right now?  And what does productivity even mean?  And is it labour or capital productivity that's holding us all back?  Probably most importantly, we ask whether we can actually see any real world examples of productivity enhancing ideas or inventions?  Big ticket items, which are important in our modern world of heavy workloads and high stress.  Even the 19th Century French Post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin understood this when he said "Stressing output is the key to productivity, while looking to increase activity can result in just the opposite."

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