How to manage money as a family and reach financial freedom?

In many families talking about money is frowned upon. But if you want to reach financial freedom talking about money is essential! If you are single, you can just follow your own road to financial freedom with no need to consider a lot of variables. But once you have a spouse and kids things become a lot more complicated!

Talking about money with family needs to be as common as talking about the weather or your next vacation. Once you lift the money taboo you can make big steps to reach financial freedom! I will share some things we applied in our family of 4. Continue reading “How to manage money as a family and reach financial freedom?”

How to prepare for the next recession and make money in the process!

Recessions come and go. In history there have been many recessions in the US. Since 1777 around 47 (1 every 6 years). In most recent years recessions have lasted for about 10-18 months. Obviously, the most vivid recession for millennials was the financial crisis in 2007-2008.

This recession lasted 18 months with the stock market dropping more than 50%. Combined with a peak unemployment rate of 10% (the highest since 1937), the ‘08 recession was vicious!

With over 10 years into the bull market the next recessions (at least historically) seems just around the corner. The question is: how to prepare for the next recession? There are several things you can do to limit the blow of an inevitable crisis and bear market. Let’s find out! Continue reading “How to prepare for the next recession and make money in the process!”

The first €100,000 is a bitch, but I’ve gotta do it!

These are the words of famous investor and Berkshire Hathaway’s second-in-command, Charlie Munger. But why is jumping over this €100,000 hurdle so important? How does this help me reach financial freedom earlier? Let’s find out. Continue reading “The first €100,000 is a bitch, but I’ve gotta do it!”

My mortgage repayment strategy!

€220,000. That’s my current (net) mortgage. Although I’ve got a nice and comfy home, it would be even better if I fully owned the place, mortgage-free. That’s why I sat down and set clear goals for each year to make that a reality. Financial freedom comes with taking small steps consistently over several years. It’s easy on paper but really hard in real life. But I will give it a go, anyway! Continue reading “My mortgage repayment strategy!”

5 steps to take before you start investing!

For many people investing is the way to go to build wealth and hopefully financial freedom. But investing is not without risk. Over time, your investments will increase and decrease in value. Long-term however, a diversified portfolio tends to do fine.

But there are steps to take to make sure you are not forced to sell your investments at market lows. Let’s find out more about these steps! Continue reading “5 steps to take before you start investing!”

Financial Freedom Progress Report (FFPR) – February

February with just 28 days passed by rather quickly! Time to see what February brings in terms of progress towards financial freedom! Let’s take a closer look at my net worth and investment portfolios. Continue reading “Financial Freedom Progress Report (FFPR) – February”

Key takeaways from Buffett’s Annual Letter to reach FIRE!

I always look forward to the Annual Letter from ‘The Oracle of Omaha’ Warren Buffett. Often a lot of wisdom and common sense is found in these letters. It also provides insight in the thinking of one of the best investors of all time. Let’s find out what we can learn from Buffett’s 2018 letter for those striving for financial freedom! Continue reading “Key takeaways from Buffett’s Annual Letter to reach FIRE!”

How to invest in real estate with just $1,000!

With real estate prices skyrocketing in big cities, everyone wants a piece of the pie! Investors are flocking to buy properties in hot areas to turn them into rentals or flip and sell them. But what are the benefits of investing in real estate? And how can you invest in real estate with just $1,000? Let’s find out. Continue reading “How to invest in real estate with just $1,000!”

Private banking is for fools, this is why!

Congratulations! You have suddenly amassed a sizeable nest egg through an inheritance, selling your business or by winning the lottery. Every corporate bank is enticing you to let their private bankers do their magic with your money! But should you join their elite clubs? Continue reading “Private banking is for fools, this is why!”