“Say you had a buck in your hand,” Melissa Batchelor Warnke asks at the US online magazine The Morning News. “What would be the best way to invest it?”
She puts that question to a range of people from different backgrounds.
Among the more interesting suggestions is that from Serena Keith, from a Silicon Valley startup: “I’d buy a (cheap!) cup of coffee for someone I admire and pick his or her brain for a half hour.”
Animal welfare worker Daisy Freund advises investing “in a packet of perennial vegetable, fruit, or herb seeds”
Charity worker Dev Aujla: “I would travel to an American post-industrial town, find a boarded-up theatre, and buy it from the city for one dollar.”
Yoga teacher Chris Maddox: “Since you can’t buy much for a buck these days, a worthy investment could be to use a dollar as an object of meditation. Place the dollar bill out in front of you and sit and look at it. What does it communicate?”
And entrepreneur-artist Mike Merrill (“the world’s first publicly traded person”, apparently), suggests, “The greatest reaction you’ll get from a dollar is burning it in front of your friends.”
Dollar-burning is probably not a good idea for currencies such as New Zealand’s, however.