Why The World Isn’t Going To Hell In A Hand Basket

My friend loaned me an amazing book last week: Enlightenment Now, by Harvard professor, Steven Pinker. Bill Gates says it’s his “new favorite book of all time.”

If you think the world is getting more dangerous, this book is worth a read.

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Inspired by its message,

 I wrote this article

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Andrew Hallam

I’m a financial columnist for Canada’s national paper, The Globe and Mail, as well as for AssetBuilder, a financial service firm based in Texas. I’m also the author of Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School (2nd Ed. Wiley 2017) and The Global Expatriate’s Guide To Investing: From Millionaire Teacher to Millionaire Expat (Wiley 2015). My mission is to educate, motivate and inspire people on basic retirement planning and best practices for investing, using evidence-based strategies. I'm happy to comment on your questions. However, please read the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and the Comments Policy.

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2 Responses

  1. jj_py says:

    Hello Andrew,

    I’m a paraguayan citizen (small country in the heart of Southamerica), interested in the financial world altough I’m an engineer.

    Currently 30 years old and interested in start saving for my retirement and make some smart investments now that I have a good and stable work.

    I started to search about investing outside my country, mainly in ETF’s but it’s so difficult as a paraguayan to get access to brokerage services or related services. I’ve tried with Schawb, vanguard, and more.

    I was offered products like CICA Life (from Citizens INC.), Quantum from RL360 and BMI Best Indexed (from Best Meridian Insurance company). I understand those are all life insurance policy with “investment” options.

    That’s why started to search about those products and finally got yo your blog.

    Maybe you could give me some advices about those product and how or who to talk to in order to get access to ETF’s.


  2. Nick says:

    I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiment, and find myself arguing the same in many political debates with friends and colleagues convinced that X or Y political party will bring the entire world to ruin in the space of a single mandate.

    Unfortunately, most people I engage with on this topic are far more focused on the negatives than the positives. It seems almost a formatting bias in human cognition. They’ll talk about how the poor are so utterly disenfranchised from the direction their country takes, despite the country’s direction having been positive for almost any chosen population group when looked at over 15 or 30 years.

    Perhaps where they have a point is that with increased well-being, so our standards have increased to match, and we cannot accept the disparities and perceived injustices (driven by inequality rather than objective poverty) or disenfranchisement of certain groups.

    But it’s absolutely true that the media does us no favours in relentlessly supplying news that triggers offense. It’s what sells, and news media isn’t there to inform, it’s there to make money.

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