August 2018 – Wedding and honeymoon

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From a personal point of view, August 2018 was a great month. We had our wedding ceremony with friends and family. Also, we went on honeymoon in Egypt. We really had a great time. We rested, swam, snorkeled and had a lot of fun. This was an awesome honeymoon :)

However, from a finance point of view, August 2018 was not a very good month. We spent a lot for our wedding and I had to take days off without pay. This means a very small savings rate. Fortunately, there was some extra income from the wedding and from the Swiss army. This helped us not being in negative this month. But at least, there was some savings ;)

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7 Reasons to want to be financially independent

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A lot of this blog is about my path to Financial Independence (FI). But why would I want to be financially independent ? There are many reasons for wanting to be financially independent. And as you will see, retiring may not be the biggest reason.

In this post, I am going to list the main reasons I want to be Financially Independent. Of course, the reasons may not be the same for everybody. Some reasons will talk to you more than others. It is fine. Not everybody has the same motivations in trying to reach FI. And not even everybody wants to reach FI ;)

You may have some reasons to reach FI that I did not even think about! Please let me know in the comments if that is the case! I would like to know why you want to be Financially Independent.

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Emergency Fund – Do you really need one ?

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If you are interested in personal finance, you should probably have come across the term Emergency Fund. An emergency fund is simply some money, available directly, that you can use in case of emergency. Most people will advise you to get an emergency fund. And they will insist heavily on this subject.

It is an interesting subject since not everybody agrees on it. Some people have an emergency fund that can cover one year of expenses. And some people think you do not need one. Personally, I do not think an emergency fund is a bad thing. But you should be aware of its cost. It also has disadvantages. And you may not need an emergency fund as big as some people tell you. I think that too much people put too much emphasis on the emergency fund. In this post, we are going to see both sides of the story. We are going to see in details what an emergency fund is.

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Target Retirement Funds – Too much simplicity ?

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This post is part 9 in the series Investing – All about investing.

We have talked about many things now in the Investing series. We have covered index funds in details. Finally, we have covered several portfolios such as the Three-Fund portfolio and its variants and a few other lazy portfolios. But there is something we haven’t covered yet. It’s Target Retirement Funds.

Many people are investing for retirement. They may know for instance that they want to retire in 20 years. Given that and their age, it’s likely that their allocation to bonds will increase over the years until retirement. Most people will do that by changing their allocation every few years. Either by rebalancing or by injection of new capital. But there is another way. Target Retirement Funds will automatically change their bond allocation overtime.

In this post, I’m going to cover Target Retirement Funds. We are going to see what is good with them and what is not.

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5 Things I hate about Switzerland

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While I really like Switzerland and I plan, and hope, to spend all my life here, there are some things I really do not like about it. In this post, I am going to discuss the five things I hate about Switzerland.

I am not about to leave Switzerland and I hope I will never have to. There will be a post coming up about the things I love about Switzerland and they will be more numerous ;) But I think it is important to realize that no country is perfect. Some things should definitely be improved in Switzerland.

Of course, these things will probably be different from one person to another. I know that there are some things in the list that some people like. Please tell me what you do not like about Switzerland in the comment!

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My monthly personal finance routine – 11 things I do each month

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Each month, I am following the same personal finance routine for my budget. You can see most of the results in my monthly finance reports. In this post, I am going to describe the steps I am doing every month.

I think it is great to have a routine. This helps to get more efficient and like this, you do not forget to do everything. You do not need to have the same steps as me of course. Every people can have different things to do based on the way they are investing or based on their situation.

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Exchange Traded Funds – ETFs

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This post is part 4 of 5 in the series Investing – All about investing.

In the previous post of the Investing series, we talked about mutual funds. They are a great tool for investment. And especially passive funds with very low fees, thanks to index investing.

This is all great, but the problem with mutual funds is their availability. If you are lucky, you have access to Vanguard via your bank. And you can directly invest in their low fees mutual funds. There are other like Vanguard, but they are the most famous ;)

If you are not lucky, for instance, if you live in Switzerland, you do not have any easy access to good mutual funds. I can bet that your Swiss bank does not offer cheap passive funds.  At least mine does not! This is where Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are being a very good investment tool!

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My new job at Pied Piper – Opportunity and benefits

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At the beginning of this month, I started my new job. For the sake of anonymity, let’s say I am working for Pied Piper. I hope there are some Silicon Valley fans in my readers ;) Since I am just starting working at this company, I do not want to disclose it on this blog. And since I am still anonymous, I am going to try to stay like this.

This is going to be a shorter post than usual. In this post, I will describe all the financial aspects of my new job. I am really happy about my new job. Working at Pied Piper is an incredible opportunity. In my field, this is a great company. And in the region where I live, they offer really good conditions. This will help me a lot in my path towards Financial Independence (FI). As you will see, there are many advantages when working at Pied Piper.

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The basics of investing

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This post is part 1 of 5 in the series Investing – All about investing.

 

This is the first post I’m going to write about Investing. I’m going to try to cover as much as possible on the different forms of investing. In this first post of the series, we are going to see what is investing in the broad sense.

I don’t yet know how many posts will be in this series. I will try to cover the basics, the stocks, the funds, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and so on :) Hopefully, it will be interesting for some of you and it will motivation some people to motivate.

I’m no financial advisor. I’m not nearly an expert investor. This post is just what I know about investing from my experience and from research. 

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Why (and how) I went paperless

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Last year, I decided to go paperless with my administrative documents. It was a long work, but now I’m done. All my documents are available as electronic documents now. I’ve been able to throw away five big document binders.

I’ve used my phone as scanner and uploaded all my documents to the cloud. Find out how I became paperless for free in this post.

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