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Another Family Attempting To Raise Money To Have Their Son Returned From A Nightmare Holiday Accident

Yet another holiday nightmare without travel insurance protection

Just four hours after Jason Hoffman arrived in Phuket, Thailand in mid-April, Jason Hoffman was involved in a serious scooter accident.

The Campbell River native, who now lives in Calgary, broke his leg and smashed his head in the crash.

He later learned one of the three Thai nationals on the other scooter died, with the other two being sent to hospital.

Many of the details of the accident are still unknown to Hoffman and his family, according to older brother Clinton Hoffman. Jason only remembers getting on a scooter, getting into a collision and waking up in hospital, Clinton tells Global News.

Fed Tightening To Trigger Market Tremors As Liquidity Evaporates

Time to hold on to the 'investor-hat' ?

Complacent investors will be hurt as Fed raises rates, says BlackRock, as managing director warns central banks are running out of ammunition to deal with next crisis

The smooth ride investors have enjoyed in a world of ultra-loose monetary policy is coming to an end, according to BlackRock, which warned that complacent investors could be left floundering in a world of evaporating liquidity when the US Federal Reserve begins to raise interest rates.

What Can Investors Learn From Current Market Trends ?

The impact of oil prices

If you’re parsing how to benefit from lower oil prices and play global currencies, remember that cheaper energy and a stronger US dollar are good for the world, but not everyone in it.

Less expensive oil prices help consumers to spend, stimulating the economy. Meanwhile, the stronger USD dollar helps global growth, even if it comes with short-term downsides for US stock market and corporate earnings.

Remember that different companies will be affected differently and position your holdings selectively.

Japan - Rise & Shine

Japan - Rise & Shine

Japan Rise & Shine

Over the years, one has learned to be a little wary of putting out bullish investment notes on Japan. The financial writing landscape is littered with the graves of bull notes written by those who thought this time was different. Headlines such as “The sun also rises” were often penned at the end of impressive stock market rallies but on the eve of a major sell off.

GBP 5 bn Pension Hole At Tesco After Worst Year In History

Tesco to close 43 stores and scrap 49 developments

GBP 5 bn Pension Hole At Tesco After Worst Year In History

TESCO has revealed a ballooning pension deficit as property write-downs and changing business practices push it into the biggest loss in its history.

40% of SME's would cease within a year of losing a key employee

If you own or run a business maybe a good idea to check Keyman cover is in place

40% of SME's would cease within a year of losing a key employee

Legal & General has revealed that 40% of small businesses would cease trading within a year of losing a key employee or owner yet 60% do not have business protection in place.

Adelaide mum appeals for funds to bring 'trapped' Father home from Thailand hospital

Malcolm Taylor In Healthier & Happier Times

A former Darwin school teacher has been left "trapped" in a Thai hospital, with no money left to pay his bills or find a way back to Australia where he can get the treatment he requires.

Now the daughter of 71-year-old Malcolm Taylor has made an impassioned public plea to raise the funds to bring him home.

Aussie Reveals Holiday Nightmare In Thailand & A $40,000 Hospital Bill

John Capretta certainly did not plan his vacation with hospital bills in mind

John Capretta was over the moon when he landed in Thailand for the trip of a lifetime.

So when he fell over and cut his ankle, it seemed like a minor setback. Sure, it wasn’t the ideal way to start his holiday, but after a few stitches he thought nothing more of it.

Little did he realise that things were about to get a whole lot worse, and that this simple accident would end up wreaking havoc on his tropical trip, and his health.

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