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February 2018 Update – Vacation and wedding

Update: I changed the way I am accounting for my life insurance, this gives me a savings rate of 4.2% now. It is still a very bad month.

February is now done, it is time for another monthly update! This was not a good month at all for the financial side. But we had a lot of fun in China. And I was happy to see my fiancee again!

I have not posted on this blog since the last update, I was on vacation in China for more than half the month. I hope to post more in March.

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Rich Dad Poor Dad – Learn how to get rich

The most recent finance book I have read is “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert T. Kiyosaki. This is my short review of the book. This book is very different from the others, in several ways. Generally, the personal finance community does not rate this book very high. In this post, I will give you my point of view about this book and tell you what it is all about.

As you will see, my point of view in this book is a bit varied. Some things are really good. But some things are really bad about this book. Let’s directly see what I am talking about.

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The Bogleheads Guide to Investing – Book Review

Here is another book review of an investing book. This is the second book I read in my way to personal finance enlightenment: The Bogleheads Guide to Investing, by Taylor Larimore, Mel Lindauer, and Michael LeBoeuf.

This book is a complete guide about personal investing, how to save money and how to invest it. I think it is a really good book, well-written and full of very good advice. The book is full of quotes from other financial figures and uses facts to support every argument. It is not perfect. It is very well suited to U.S. investor, less practical for international investors. But it still is a book I would recommend to anyone serious about investing.

In this post, I am going to share my review of The Bogleheads Guide to Investing.

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Goals for 2018 – Reaching for FI

For the first year in my life, I am gonna try to set clear goals for this year! I have set up a nice spreadsheet for my goals for this year (credits to retirebyforty for the spreadsheets idea):

My 2018 Goals

I have tried to not set goals that are too high but still strive for better than this year. Since it is the first year I am setting goals like this, I do not want to be over-optimistic. This is my first attempt at setting yearly goals, so maybe I will add new goals during the year, but I will not remove any goal nor downsize any goal.

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The Little Book of Common Sense Investing – Book Review

Since I started to pay closer attention to my finance, I have read a few books about investing and finance. I am going to review them on this blog. I am going to explain what the book is about and also what I liked about the book. And of course, what I did not like about it.

The first book I have read is “The little book of Common Sense Investing”, by John C. Bogle. It is coming from the founder and former CEO of the Vanguard Mutual Fund Group. John Bogle is a great man and the creator of the first index fund. A lot of people in the Bogleheads community are recommending this book, so I decided to give it a try.

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November 2017 Update

November 2017 is over, it is time for another monthly update. After a bad October 2017, I have seen some improvements.

November 2017 was not bad in terms of savings, but it was a bit lower than I was expecting. The savings rate for the month is 14.25%. It is not perfect, but still better than last month. My goal is to go to 25%. But I probably will need a salary raise to go there (I am still gonna try without the raise).

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Save Money on Rent by Asking for a Reduction!

Sometimes, saving some money simply means asking for a reduction! I have asked for a reduction in my rent. And with this, I am going to save more than 50 CHF every month!

I just got confirmation from my building manager that they accepted the reduction of rent that I asked for. I am quite satisfied with the answer. However, they have been incredibly slow in answering me. They answered more than two months after my request… In Switzerland, most building managers are getting worse and worse.

With this reduction, my base rent goes from 1175 CHF to 1122 CHF. This will only start at the next term of my lease, on April 1st. But this means that next year, I will save 53 CHF * 9 = 477 CHF. And I will save even more the following year since all months will be lower :)

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How to Open a DEGIRO account and start trading

Having decided to start investing in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), I needed a broker account. I decided to open a DEGIRO account. In this post, I am going to go over the reasons for this choice and over how to open a DEGIRO account and start trading.

DEGIRO is a great broker for European people. It is well priced and offers a great choice of investment products.

I will only be investing in low-cost passive index Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). So my choice of DEGIRO as a broker is highly tied to my investment strategy. It may not be the best choice for active investors.

Unfortunately, we do not have access to good passive funds in Switzerland, such as Vanguard. So we invest in ETFs instead. It means Swiss investors need a broker account to invest.

So, let’s see how to choose a broker and how to open a DEGIRO account.

Investing involves risks of losses. Make sure you are aware of that before you start investing.

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