Archive for June, 2015

Time Assets and Debts: A Different Way of Thinking about Productivity

Most productivity strategies focus on short-term efficiency:

We often fail to realize, however, that there are certain strategic choices that impact our time on a larger scale. These choices can be categorized as Time Assets or Time Debts.

Time assets are actions or choices you make today that will save you time in the future.

Software is a classic example of a time asset. You can write a program one time today and it will run processes for you over and over again every day afterward. You pay an upfront investment of time and get a payoff each day afterward.

Time debts are actions or choices you make today that will cost you additional time in the future.

Email is a time debt that most people participate in each day. If you send an email now, you are committing to reading the reply or responding with an additional message later.

This is not to say that all time debts are bad. Perhaps you enjoy serving on your school committee or volunteering with a local organization. However, when you make these commitments, you are also creating a time debt that you will have to pay at some point.


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The Global Economy in June


June kicked-off with the Japanese Yen sliding to a 12-1/2-year low as a direct outcome of Japan’s stimulative policies, as policymakers expressed concern about the pace of the declines. A few days later, the Yen surged, rising by more than 1.4% against the dollar, as BOJ governor, Haruhiko Kuroda, suggested the Yen was ‘very weak’. This comment served as a strong hint against further easing. Emerging markets also experienced currency volatility during the month with the Malaysian ringgit  falling to a 9-year low against the dollar on speculations over US rate hikes.

Chinese equities plunged in the last weeks of June, recording their worst weekly drop since 2008. The stock rout was caused by a sudden tightness in interbank liquidity, which has led to expectations that the authorities will launch fresh monetary stimulus in the near future. The Turkish stock market tumbled by over 8%, while the Turkish Lira fell by over 5%, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party, AKP, suffered its first fall in support in four elections.

At the OPEC meeting, held on the 5th of June, the 12-nation group of oil-exporting countries decided to keep its oil output steady at 30 million barrels a day, further strengthening their stance on defending market share.

The Greek debt crisis has reached new heights as the Greek government delayed its payments for the month of June, promising to pay the total sum at the end of the month. This week marks a decisive moment for Greece, as they engage in ‘make-or-break’ talks with Eurozone leaders in an effort to avert default.

At the FOMC meeting this month the US Federal Reserve emphasized that the rate decision was still ‘up in the air’ and depended on further improvement in the labour market.

Twisting Work Hours to get you Time Twister

We call it Time Twister, because of its core purpose of saving time. But the name is also reflective of how we “twist” work hours, well  away from the norm, to bring you the Time Twister as early as possible each day.

Five of our analysts often work at what most people would call “strange hours”, for about 7 hours each day to create the Time Twister.

One of them stays up late, often past 1 a.m., to capture comments on equity forum discussions, two others are up as early as 4 a.m.  to get the basic version of the daily ready, and two others are ready at the considerably less peculiar time of 5.30 a.m for a final source  check and update, making sure you get the email you see every week day around 7.30 a.m. At more “normal hours” two other team  members work on the Daily Mirror update. owl-lark

‘Science’ (you can call it pseudo-science if you like), has it that human beings function best at different times and for some, these times are not the usual working hours.

There are what you call Larks, who are morning people, and Owls, who work best at night and are next to useless in the morning.

The Time Twister is a product where Larks and Owls make best use of their work-time differences to add value
to clients.

At Frontier/Time Twister, we measure the value of what we do, by how we help people work better.

For our Clients: We provide The News; Summarized, Sorted, and Suited to them.

For our Team: We enable them to work at hours that are best suited for them.