In 2020, inflation in Switzerland was negative, at -0.7%. It means that, on average, consumer prices have decreased in the year 2020. So, life has become cheaper in Switzerland.
But is life in Switzerland really cheaper? And if so, is it cheaper for everybody? Today, I want to delve into inflation numbers for Switzerland and what they exactly mean. As we will see, inflation is not a perfect indicator of the cost of living in Switzerland.
So, this article will talk in detail about inflation in Switzerland.
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You have probably heard of the 4% rule if you are interested in early retirement. This rule states that if you withdraw 4% of your portfolio every year, you can sustain your withdrawals for 30 years. But do you know where it comes from? If you have read a lot about it, you probably heard about the Trinity Study. This study is where it all started.
But do you know what the Trinity Study is? Probably not. A lot of things people are saying about the Trinity Study are not correct. A lot of people talking about this study have not even read the original paper.
There is nothing mystical about this study. It is merely a research paper by three professors of The Trinity University. Hence the name.
And do you know that it has nothing to do with early retirement? So, why is it the cornerstone of most Early Retirement articles?
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What the Swiss National Bank (SNB) does is not very clear for many people in Switzerland. So, I thought it would be interesting to research this subject and write about my findings.
The Swiss National Bank is quite famous, even abroad, but what does it really do? It is because of it that we do not have any interest rate in our bank accounts?
Let’s see in detail what this central bank is doing. We will also see that the Swiss National Bank has several unique characteristics.
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FlowBank is a new Swiss digital finance service that launched publicly late in 2020. They plan to have to be both a bank and also a full-fledged broker. So, you can have your money and your stocks at the same place.
FlowBank presents itself as an innovative digital bank platform that would bring cheaper trading to Switzerland. On paper, it sounds exciting. Currently, the investing features are ready, while the banking features are not yet all ready.
So, let’s see how good it is in this in-depth review.
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Many people are saying that I make FIRE and early retirement look too simple. And many people are falling into the trap of believing that retiring early is easy.
I want to delve into that important subject. For me, retiring early is simple. There is no doubt. However, it is not easy! The difference is fundamental. And there are no secrets to getting to FIRE. You need to focus your efforts on that goal. And how much effort you are going to put into it will shape how fast you can retire.
So, let’s see why FIRE and early retirement are simple concepts but not easy to reach.
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Overall, May 2021 was a good month, despite the crappy weather. We had some opportunities to see our friends and family again, and we feel like life is slightly going back to normal.
But from a financial point of view, it was not a great month! We had to pay a large bill for the house. So despite a good income this smooth, we did not save any money this month, and our net worth fell for the first time in a long time.
So, let’s see what happened in detail!
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Neon is a great digital Swiss digital bank! It offers an entirely free bank account. Having a free bank is very important if you want to save money for managing your money. Swiss banks are becoming more and more expensive. So it is great to see some free alternatives!
Neon is a digital bank. It has no offices. So, you can manage your money entirely from your phone. With your bank account, you will receive a Mastercard that you can use for your payments. And you can use the mobile application to pay your bills and transfer money to other bank accounts.
I have been using Neon for more than one year now. So, I want to share my experience in this review of Neon.
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PostFinance is a well-known Swiss bank and broker. They are generally considered to be very affordable and very easy to use.
If you want a Swiss broker, should you use PostFinance as a Swiss investor, especially as a passive investor? This is what we are going to find out in this in-depth review.
In this article, we will see what PostFinance offers as a broker, how much it costs, and much more too. By the end of the review, you will know whether PostFinance is a good broker for your investing or not.
I am only going to talk about PostFinance as a broker, not as a bank.
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Many people want to make a little extra money. Having a side hustle can help you bring some more money and improve your financial situation. I have not talked much about this on the blog. But I want to expand on the subject.
In this article, I want to talk about online surveys. These are surveys you can answer online, and you will get some money when you answer them. There are several interesting websites where you can do that in Switzerland.
In this article, I will talk about this side hustle and the best websites for online surveys in Switzerland.
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PostFinance and Swissquote just started a new joint venture: The Yuh banking application. With Yuh, you can save money on your account, pay in Switzerland and abroad and invest in the stock market and cryptocurrencies.
Yuh is an entirely digital offer. They have no offices. You can manage all your money directly from your phone. So, you will pay your bills and invest your money on your smartphone.
So, should you use Yuh? What features does it have? And how much does Yuh cost? Let’s find out!
In this article, I will review Yuh in detail, its features, its fees, its advantages, and its disadvantages!
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