If you are true investing enthusiast you have not missed the first ever ‘digital only‘ annual shareholders meeting of Warren Buffett on Saturday May 2nd, 2020. If you, like me, live in The Netherlands it was almost an allnighter (start time 22.45PM with the meeting taking about 5 hours). I was really surprised about what Buffett had to say… Why didn’t Warren Buffett buy any stocks during the market crash?Continue reading “In contrast to Warren Buffett, I’ve been buying stocks during the market crash!”
It’s just incredible what old books can teach us about anything. On top of this, history tends to repeat itself. So if you want to learn about the future, just look at the past. That’s exactly what this post is all about. It’s from a book of which some parts are over 3.000 years old. It surprised me that I would learn anything about money and investing from this book. Let’s find out.Continue reading “What this ancient book taught me about investing!”
The indexes of the United States market are the most well-known of all. If you are remotely familiar with the financial or investing world, then you must have heard about the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average or the Nasdaq Composite.
However, never forget that the world is bigger than the United States. In Europe a well-known index is the Euro Stoxx 50. In Asia there is one index that really stands out: the Nikkei.
This blog about finding out more about what these indexes represent and how these indexes stack up to each other performance wise. Let’s find out more.Continue reading “A comparison of some of the most famous indexes in the world!”
We are now more than 10 years into a bull market. Historically, that’s a very long time. That made me think about rebalancing the portfolio of my kids. I just wanted to know: how can I make this investment portfolio recession proof?! After looking into the all-weather portfolio by Ray Dalio, I’ve even included some instruments that I wouldn’t have considered otherwise. Let’s dig in.Continue reading “Make your portfolio recession proof – taking a look at my kids portfolio!”
For those of us living in The Netherlands, Western Europe or the West in general, we are so lucky! The Netherlands is the 12th richest country in the world. The Netherlands has a poverty rate of just 7.9%. Far lower than India (60.4%) and even the United States (16.8%). We are so rich and we don’t even know it or perceive it that way.
Last week that was really an eye-opener for me. Hoarding cash and investing a lot of money is fun. But I think it’s very important to keep your eyes open for those not so fortunate. Generosity is an important trait to reach FIRE joyfully and peacefully. Continue reading “Reaching FIRE with a generous heart!”
Great news for Dutch real estate investors! Dynamic credit just came out with news that they now have a financing proposition that lets you finance up to 90% of the Loan-to-Value in rented condition. For those who are not shy of somewhat higher leverage, this is a great opportunity. Let’s find out why. Continue reading “Investing in rental properties just became a lot easier with Dynamic Credit!”
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?”
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!”
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!”
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!”