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The Zurich Axioms: The rules of risk and reward used by generations of Swiss bankers by Max Gunther

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The Sixth Major Axiom: On Mobility

Avoid putting down roots. They impede motion.

In the lexicon of modern mental-health theory, rootlessness is in the same category as worry. Both are felt to be bad for you.

It is certainly nice in many ways to have roots. To feel you belong in some familiar place amid old friends and good neighbors: this can bring a glow to the heart. The opposites of this cozy situation – rootlessness, a state of drifting, alienation – seem cold and uncomfortable by comparison. Undoubtedly that is why most shrinks believe we ought to have roots.

But you should approach this roots business warily. If you let it impinge on your financial life, it can cost you a lot of money. The more earnestly you seek that feeling of ...

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