Welcome to the 2nd issue of our weekly newsletter! We hope you enjoyed the first one. As usual, do feel free to contact us if you have any suggestions or feedback!
This week, we covered a hotly debated topic in investing - passive vs active investing. What are the differences and which should you choose?
We also kick-started a new series about exploring in detail the various financial instruments you can invest in for those just starting out. To start, we explored the concept of dividends, and all you need to know about them!
Finally, we finished off our how to be happy series with a concluding article exploring some key concepts in working towards happiness.
We'll be starting a new series on self-improvement focusing on exploring your personality soon, so do keep an eye out for it!
Thoughts of the week
This week, news of the US undergoing a second wave of coronavirus is spreading as a spike in coronavirus cases occurred. Of course, it's unclear if it really is a second wave, or merely the continuation of the first.
China and South Korea are also both reporting new cases of coronavirus, showing how this pandemic can rear its head even when thought to be under control.
With the protests on police brutality and racism going on, it might appear that the US is going to sink further and further into the pandemic as the spread is heavily increased with congregations of people.
Meanwhile, the bid for the next presidential election (scheduled 3 Nov) continues, with Joe Biden pulling ahead for the democrats. There's a trend whereby every time something about politics pops up about the US, it appears to be democrats vs republicans.
The divide between these two ideologies seem to be hurting the country more instead of balancing between liberal and conservatives.
All in all, it's another week in the coronavirus lock down. The sooner this pandemic is over, the sooner the whole world gets to move properly again.
During these times, it's easy to feel unmotivated and tired. In situations like these, a routine is more important than ever to keep your life on track. Hang in there!
In lesser known news, Yemen continues its crisis. Hit by a famine since 2016, largely in part due to drought and war, as many as 24 million people could require humanitarian aid to survive.
It's strange how social media and popular media barely covers this, isn't it? We focus only on what we want to know. I think it's the mentality to ignore the problems that do not directly affect us, even if it's hurting the world.
Climate change due to global warming has caused many disasters before, and it's only getting worse. We need to act on it fast, not only to protect our future generations, but even ourselves within our lifetimes.
At the same time, it reminds us to be thankful of what we have, and why we need to keep improving ourselves - to be better equipped in helping others who we love. No one is an alone rock; we all need support some way or another.
This week, I would like to share another video about space, because really, if there are two things I would name that binds humanity together, it's love and space, in that order.
The past video didn't turn up in the email for some reason, so hopefully that's been fixed this time around, or you can see it on the blog.
This video is about how NASA plans to send humans to the moon again, as a preparation for a longer and more difficult mission to send humans to Mars to establish a long term colony there.
Again, there are politics surrounding space, which is frankly quite sad. After all, less than 0.5% of the US budget is given to NASA, which is not a lot for a space program (space can get really expensive).
In fact, it's easy to think how much money is being wasted on corruption, helping corporations and funding pensions for police brutality instead of furthering humanity to be a multi-planetary society.
I think it's important, as individuals, to broaden our minds to bigger perspectives and think in the long term. The fragility of our world is astounding.
Trillions of planets in the Universe, and ours is the only one known to be able to support life. It's insane. One uncontrollable pandemic, one nuclear fallout, one meteor strike... well, it's scary just thinking about it.
We need to become multi-planetary, and in the process, maybe discover more about how humanity as a whole needs to work together to survive - if for no one else, ourselves. Hopefully, we aren't the only life in the entire Universe.
With all that said, here's the animated video of how NASA is preparing for the Mars mission by first launching to the moon. Check it out!
And that's all we have for this week! Once again, take care of yourself and the people you love. See you next week!
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