If someone from the 18th Century were to come and visit your home today, they would probably be aghast at what they found. Contemporary furniture is nothing like it was in bygone eras, and the time-traveling visitor would most likely assume that we have all become impoverished. Whereas furniture in previous centuries was made from heavy woods, regal and constructed to last forever, contemporary furniture has come to match the evolving lifestyles of society. A quick visit to a furniture and interior design store will delight your senses and stimulate your creativity.
Is Fintech Opening The Financial Markets up to Risk?
The Financial Stability Review (SFR) this year saw the Central Bank Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) highlight potential consequences of fintech innovations. Known as a country with lenient regulations and strong support from its government, Singapore has fast become a fintech pioneer. But while these innovations have been flourishing in Singapore, just like it has in other developed and developing countries across the globe, it’s important to consider both the positive and negative aspects of the movement.
Microfinance is getting quite some attention nowadays for both positive and negative reasons. Some say it can be a solution to address poverty or to facilitate financial inclusion. Others opine that it creates more problems for low-income people, by serving as a debt trap. As far as investment is concerned, though, it’s fairly easy to answer the question whether or not it’s a good idea investing in a microfinance business.
Born in Dublin on 28 October 1909, Francis Bacon had no one location he could truly call home when he was growing up. His father planned on breeding horses in Ireland, but came to London to join the War Office in 1914. After the war, the family moved around several locations in Ireland in constant fear of being targeted by the Irish independence movement. The asthma that Bacon suffered from made him unable to hunt and engage in the kinds of physical pursuits his father admired. Worse still, in his father’s eyes, was the fact that he was gay, a reality that Bacon discovered and disclosed in his youth. All in all, Francis Bacon experienced a lonely childhood and the sense of social alienation never left him. The loneliness may have been intolerable if it weren’t for his maternal grandmother, who lived in Abbeyleix, Ireland, and provided the young man with some parental warmth and acceptance.