In the first post of the Cryptocurrencies series, we talked about how cryptocurrencies were working. Then, in the second post, we looked at the history of cryptocurrencies. Finally, in this last post, I am going to discuss what I think is wrong with them.
Personally, I believe that cryptocurrencies are not an investment. When you buy a cryptocurrency, you do not buy any value. You just speculate on the fact that other people will later give a higher value than what you paid. This speculation, or even gambling, not investing. Moreover, there are also several problems with investing in a cryptocurrency that you do not have with stocks. Let’s see what they are!
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In the previous post about cryptocurrencies, we talked about what were cryptocurrencies. We especially talked about how cryptocurrencies really work. By now, you should know more about blockchain, cryptography, and miners.
In this post, we are going to talk about the history of cryptocurrencies. How it all started with the bitcoin. And how it all expanded into several thousand alternative cryptocurrencies. Most of the history will be related to bitcoin since it was the first cryptocurrency. And it was also the one that made the more headlines over the years ;) However, the bitcoin is not the only cryptocurrency out there. Most people believe that cryptocurrencies and bitcoins are the same things. But the bitcoin is only one of the cryptocurrencies.
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If you read financial news or finance blogs, you probably have heard (a lot) about cryptocurrencies and especially Bitcoin. You probably have read some success stories where people made a fortune investing in one cryptocurrency. You also probably have read stories where people have lost a fortune with them. But what is a cryptocurrency really? And how do they work?
In this post, I am going to try to answer these questions for you. I am thinking that this could be interesting to know exactly how they work. You probably have heard of the words blockchain or miner or even hash function. We are going to see how they come into play for cryptocurrencies.
I am not going to cover the investment quality of the cryptocurrencies in this post. I plan to discuss that in another post. Finally, in a later post, I will also discuss the history of cryptocurrencies since their creation.
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No, I am not writing the same post twice! You may remember, that we got married in Switzerland in May. At that time, we did a small civil wedding with my close family, followed by a small party at our places, joined by some of my friends. We did not have much time, so we decided on doing something really simple.
However, many of our friends and family could not come. So we decided to throw a bigger party to have more people join us. In this post, I am going to share what we did for our wedding. It was a great time for us and our guests! I am also going to discuss the costs, personal finance blog obligation!
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If you are following personal finance blogs or podcast, you probably have heard the name of Warren Buffett. He is very famous in the community. Warren Buffett is a very successful investor. He made a fortune from nothing. This the first reason he is famous in the community. The second reason is that he advised his fortune to be invested in index funds once he passes away. This is one of the few big investors who is supporting index funds. Finally, he also beat the market for many years. Which is something very difficult.
Being one of the richest persons in the world also helps to make him a very well-known figure. In this post, we are going to look at the history of Warren Buffett first. Some numbers may not seem much in the early years. You need to take into account inflation. 1000 dollars 70 years ago are worth around 10’000 dollars now. We are especially going to focus on the biggest investment he did. Then, I am going to talk about some important traits of the man. This is going to be a long post ;)
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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 a 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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My new job at Pied Piper is offering my an Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP). This is the first time I am working for a company that offers such a plan. As such, I have been researching my options for how to handle this ESPP. Basically, an ESPP is a plan to use some of your income to get shares of your company at a discount price.
In this post, I am going to present my ESPP plan. I am also going to present many strategies that exist to decide when to sell shares coming from an ESPP. Finally, I am going to present the strategy I decided to use for my ESPP shares.
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Mrs. The Poor Swiss, my wife, recently started the procedure to get her driving license in Switzerland. The procedure is not too difficult. But not all the steps are obvious in the process. My wife is Chinese and she already had a driving license from China. This is what is going to interest us in today’s post.
In this post, I am going to explain the different steps in getting a Swiss driving license for a foreigner. First, it depends if you already have a driving license in your country or not. If you already have a driving license, it will depend on your country. Since Mrs. The Poor Swiss is Chinese, this post will have a Chinese bias but I am going to try to cover other countries as well.
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After a disappointing June 2018 month, we managed to get back up to speed in July 2018. We had some strong savings this month. Nothing extraordinary, but pretty good still. We were able to increase our net worth significantly.
Since today is Swiss national day, Happy National Day to all my Swiss readers.
We went to Orléans one week this month. I also spent one week in the army. It was my last five days to serve in the army! Other than that, nothing special happened. It was a good month overall. Let’s go into the details now :)
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We have talked about many things now in the Investing Guide for Beginners 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 have not covered yet. It is the Target Retirement Funds.
A Target Retirement Fund is like an automated portfolio in itself. It is a fund of funds with some allocation to bonds. And the allocation to bonds is changing over time as the time of retirement is approaching.
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 is 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 over time.
In this post, I am going to cover Target Retirement Funds. We are going to see what is good with them and what is not.
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