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Knowitall.ch often invites local experts in their field to contribute to their own blogs on our site. This means not only you will benefit from the useful recommendations that we make on our News pages, but you can also profit from some of the great advice and tips that these experts have to make on their favorite subjects. Whilst each of these bloggers has been recommended to us at some point during the evolution of Know-it-all passport and  knowitall.ch, obviously we are not able to test out all the suggestions they make on their blogs, nor do we necessarily agree with all their opinions.  So if you do find one of their tips useful (or not!), do let us know!

To make these blogs more accessible to you, we have now decided to group them altogether in one section, entitled Guest Blogs, accessible from our main menu bar.  We will also post the most recent blogs on the home page of our site in the right hand column.

We are still building up this area of the site, and are looking for bloggers in a number of sections, including Your Home, Travel, and Leisure, so if you feel you have a useful contribution to make in either of these areas, and have the time to submit blog entries approximately every month, then please get in touch!

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When I decided to leave my job in Business Development for a Hedge Fund company I got a glimpse of the abyss.  That deep, dark scary place that descends forever into hell and from which there is seemingly no escape. In fact, it called out to me offering such reassuring words as “if you leave now you will be nothing, have nothing, know nothing.  You will fall down here and never get out.” Tempting though it was to go there, with the help of a top tier coach I agilely managed to hurdle the chasm and not look back.

Similarly, one of my clients who left a board level position with a fortune 500 company told me that when he turned in his computer, his Blackberry, and his parking pass he felt “stripped naked and alone.” This feeling stayed with him for nearly a year until he began rebuilding himself from the inside out to find his true identity apart from the job that up until that moment had consumed most of his waking hours.

So how do you preserve your true self or, if it’s past that, separate yourself from your job?

 

by Carolina Rodriguez Barros, www.daretoglow.com

 

Think about how you walk to reach the next step. You have to pass your body weight from one leg to another and become unbalanced in order to lift your foot and make a step. You walk being unbalanced. You go from one place to the other in a state of unbalance. The secret you learn intuitively as a toddler, as I teach in my body awareness classes, is to find your centre — the place where your weight and body are stable so you can pass through every single step without falling down.

 

The same is true with life: To be balanced without falling down, you have to find your centre.

 

Most women I encounter feel that something is changing in their lives—or that something needs to change. The number one mistake we all make — I did it myself —  is to try to change things outside ourselves in a quest to find happiness, passion and balance. In my own journey, I came to realise that all those things come from within us.

 

By David Cooper, Fund Advisers Europe

oilbarrelMoving away from the continued political infighting in the US (who still have not reached a compromise to bring a resolution to the stalemate over raising the debt ceiling). We will now look at the increasing costs of certain commodities and the effects it could have on all of us. Let's focus on oil.

Is your annual holiday coming up? Are you a frequent air traveller, either for business or leisure? Things may be about to change for you!

Most people in Central Europe have, if not actually used, certainly marvelled at the low cost airlines and the prices they are able to offer to passengers to travel hundreds of kilometres in (relative) comfort.

With the price of oil above $100 a barrel is the day of the cheap flight, and subsequently cheap holidays, coming to an end?

 

By David Cooper, Fund Advisers Europe

eurocoinThe debt crisis affecting Europe is coming to the make or break point. Often called The Sovereign Debt Crisis, the problems that started at the end of 2009 are at a point where a resolution, of some sort will be found.

European leaders will decide today how much they want to save both the European Monetary Union, and ultimately the Euro.

The Sovereign Debt Crisis – caused when  a country that has run out of money to pay back the loans it has taken out in the past and is therefore being refused loans for the future – started two years ago in Greece. It has gone on to affect Portugal, Ireland and Spain.

The effects are now being seen in the government bond markets of Italy, and even in France, with higher interest rates being applied by those lending money to these countries. They are viewed as having shown that they could default so are now not seen as a good risk, and are therefore charged more for loans via bond issues. Much the same as someone who has failed to pay back a past mortgage would be refused, or charged more for a loan in the future.

house1Practical advice on choosing a mortgage

When you live and work in a foreign country, there are a number of issues that need to be addressed when you arrive, some more pressing than others.  If you have a family, you will need to make sure they are comfortable in their new environment.  Decisions will have to be made about where you are going to live, and whether you should rent or buy a property.

Many of the expatriate community in Switzerland originate from “property ownership strongholds” – countries where it is clearly the norm to buy rather than rent the house you live in. Many people in these countries will also own their own holiday homes and others will buy properties purely for investment purposes.

In Switzerland, the process of buying a house may seem daunting – however it does bear many similarities to other countries. At the end of the day, you will need to ask essentially the same questions as in your home country: How will you buy the property? Where will you get the funds? When will you buy it?