The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy, is a book by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko. This book is a study of millionaire households in the United States. In this post, you will find out exactly what this book is about and what I thought about it. I was lucky to find it very cheap on Kindle.
This book is one of the best personal finance books I have read. The authors have really gone into a lot of effort to collect all the data from millionaires. And they have drawn some very interesting conclusions from this data.
I am still reading many new personal finance books. And so far, it has been a great ride. There are some really great books about personal finance, investing and frugality. It is just a bit sad that most of these books are missing any international content. They are really made for the United States. However, a lot of their lessons can still be translated into Europe.
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Your Net Worth is a very important personal finance metric! This will tell you how money your assets are really worth. It can also tell you how close you are to being financially independent. This is one of the personal finance metrics that you should always keep track of.
In this post, we are going to see how to calculate your net worth. It will tell you how much your possessions are really worth, in money. Having a clear idea of your exact net worth is very important. It will help you to see how far you are from reaching your goals. If you keep track of it, you will also see how well you are doing.
The basic idea about the net worth is simple. Your net worth is the sum of your assets minus the sum of your liabilities. In mathematical terms:
Net Worth = Assets – Liabilities
We are going to see in details how these two parts can be calculated. Once you know your net worth, you will have a better idea of where you are standing.
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The previous three posts of the series covered the three pillars of retirement in Switzerland:
In this final post of the series, I am going to summarize over the entire system. I am also going to talk about how early retirement works in this system.
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In our Three Pillars of Retirement of Switzerland series, we already talked about the first and second pillar. We now have to cover the most important of the three pillars: The Third Pillar.
The third pillar is the only one that is not mandatory. Everybody is free to choose to invest in the third pillar or not. It is simpler than the second pillar. But there are much more choices than you can make. You can optimize a lot of things for your third pillar. I believe it is very important to optimize the investment of the third pillar as much as possible. Once you reach retirement, your second pillar should still be larger than your third pillar. But there is not a lot of things you can do with your second pillar.
In this post, you will find all the details you need to invest in a third pillar. And also, what you can do to optimize your use of this last pillar.
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We have studied the first pillar and Switzerland three pillars system in the previous post in the series. Now, it is time to see the second pillar. The first pillar covers the basic needs of everybody. If you did not read the previous part, I would encourage you to do it before you read this article.
The second pillar is here to cover a larger part of your salary than the first one. It is an occupational pension. If you never worked, you will never pay anything for this and you will never receive anything from this. It is significantly more complicated than the first pillar.
In this post, I am going to give you all the important details as possible on the second pillar. I am also going to help you understand what you can do to improve it.
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Switzerland retirement system is based on a system with three pillars. Each pillar is paid in a different manner and will cover different needs. If you are working in Switzerland, it is important to know these three pillars. Even if you do not plan to retire in Switzerland, it is extremely important to know how they work. This will help you plan your retirement.
In a series of posts, I will try to give you enough information on these three pillars. The goal is that you have a good understanding of how they work. And also what you can do with them to improve your retirement. In this first post of the series, I will introduce the system and talk about the first pillar.
I am going to use the French acronyms in this post. But the figure at the top of this post has the acronyms in English as well.
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I have monitored my net worth since October 2017. But until now I have not considered my second pillar into it. Why? Because I do not get a monthly report on my second pillar. However, I do not really need this monthly report since I can extrapolate from the yearly values. Before, I just was too lazy to do it. But laziness is not an excuse, especially for personal finances!
So, I decided to stop being lazy and do it. In this post, we are going to see why you should integrate your second pillar into your net worth. And we are going to see how to integrate it. It is very simple. And it will make your net worth calculation much more accurate. I believe it is very important to have an accurate view of your net worth.
If you do not know your net worth, first take a look at how to calculate your net worth. I strongly encourage everybody to compute his net worth. It is an important indicator, especially if you want to become financially independent.
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If you are trying to become Financially Independent, it will be interesting for you to know your Financial Independence ratio. This ratio will tell you how close, or how far, you are from reaching your goal.
First, what is Financial Independence (FI)?
You are financially independent when you have enough money to sustain your lifestyle without working. For this, your wealth must generate income. And this income must be greater than your expenses. The main way to generate income from your wealth is simply to withdraw from it. However, you need to withdraw little enough to sustain your wealth for the longest time. This is only one of the ways to reach Financial Independence. This is the most used way. Some people prefer to focus on passive income. And some people focus entirely on real estate to become financially independent.
There are many reasons to become Financially Independent. It is currently very popular on the internet. Especially with the Financial Independence and Retire Early (FIRE) philosophy. The idea is to become Financially Independent as soon as possible and retire early. But you can also be financially independent and not retire. You can then choose to do exactly what you want with your life since it does not depend on your career income anymore.
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Having decided to start investing in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), I needed a broker account. I decided to open an account on DEGIRO. In this post, I am going to go over the reasons for this choice and over how to open a broker account on DEGIRO.
After reading a lot about funds and low-cost index funds in particular and the inefficiency of most actively managed funds, I decided I will stop giving my money to fund managers. Therefore, I decided to start investing in passive index funds and not active funds. Moreover, I also decided to only focus on no-load funds. Currently, I was investing with PostFinance funds, but the Total Expense Ratio (TER) of these funds is high and PostFinance is charging a 0.5% percent load on each buy of funds.
Since we do not have access to excellent mutual funds such as Vanguard funds here, I decided to invest in Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) versions of the funds. This means I need a broker to invest. I looked at the trading offer of PostFinance but it is insanely expensive. Therefore I decided to find a new broker with significantly lower fees.
The links to DEGIRO are affiliate links. If you use them to create an account, you will receive 20 CHF in transaction credits and I will also receive 20 CHF.
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