Tuesday, May 7, 2019

April 2019 update ($513,167 +$17,838 or +%3.6)


↑ Emerging Markets Stock Index Fund is up by $3,693 or +3.0%
↑ Eurozone Stock Index Fund is up by $5,725 or +5.1%
↑ US 500 Stock Index Fund is up by $4,854 or +4.0%
↑ Global Small Cap Index is up by $3,447 or 3.1%
↑ Vanguard FTSE U.K. All Share Index is up by $79 or +0.3%
Cash to Invest  $2,832
Grand total additions: $20,546

↓ EUR is slightly down to USD by $2,116  or 1%
↓ GBP to USD is down by $592 or -2.6%
Grand total losses: $2,708
How to get to Financial Independence. My personal journey.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

March 2019 update ($495,329 +$944 or +%0.2)


↑ Emerging Markets Stock Index Fund is up by $1,761 or +1.4%
↑ Eurozone Stock Index Fund is up by $1,491 or +1.3%
↑ US 500 Stock Index Fund is up by $2,247 or +1.9%
↑ Vanguard FTSE U.K. All Share Index is up by $918 or +3.7%
Grand total additions: $6,417

↓ Global Small Cap Index is down by $728 or -0.7%
↓ EUR is slightly down to USD by $4,174  or 2%
↓ GBP to USD is down by $571 or -2.3%
Grand total losses: $5,473

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Monday, March 4, 2019

February 2019 update ($494,385 +$13,513 or +%2.8)

Emerging Markets Stock Index Fund is up by $2,050 or +1.5%
Eurozone Stock Index Fund is up by $4,790 or +4.4%
US 500 Stock Index Fund is up by $3,613 or +3.1%
Global Small Cap Index is up by $4,048 or +3.8%
Vanguard FTSE U.K. All Share Index is up by $658 or +2.4%
GBP to USD is slightly up by $380 or +2.4%
Grand total additions: $15,539

EUR is slightly down to USD by $2,087  or 1.0%
Grand total losses: $2,087

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Enough wealth

I was recently thinking about the comments made around my family budget, savings. While having an aspiration to get a higher salary is admirable and needs to be one of the focus areas. It is not within immediate reach, not a guaranteed outcome.

Efficiency and savings rate is largely in my current control today. Things that are in your control and have the highest likelihood of working can make the biggest difference over time. 

This reminds me of Jeff Bezos’ interview:
“…I very frequently get the question: “What’s going to change in the next 10 years?” That’s a very interesting question.
I almost never get the question: “What’s not going to change in the next 10 years?” And I submit to you that that second question is actually the more important of the two.
You can build a business strategy around the things that are stable in time. In our retail business, we know that customers want low prices, and I know that’s going to be true 10 years from now. They want fast delivery; they want vast selection. It’s impossible to imagine a future 10 years from now where a customer comes up and says, “Jeff I love Amazon, I just wish the prices were a little higher.” Or, “I love Amazon, I just wish you’d deliver a little slower.” Impossible.
So we know the energy we put into these things today will still be paying off dividends for our customers 10 years from now. When you have something that you know is true, even over the long term, you can afford to put a lot of energy into it.” 

Monday, February 18, 2019

Are additional payments on your mortgage worth it?

       A couple of years ago, we caved into the nesting instinct and bought a house.  So far economically it was not worth it, as the house upkeep is quite significant.
With a 2.7% interest rate on 20-year mortgage, every $1 K paid in the first year saves $0.7K on the interest over the period of the mortgage. However, if you are investing the same amount it at 5% into something else you
could get as much as $2.6 K.  The question is: are the additional mortgage payments worth it or?
      The challenge with British mortgages is lack of certainty. Unlike the USA in England is almost impossible to get a long term fixed rate mortgage. All the risks are with the house owners. We made an overpayment (~$7 K) last year and want to do the same this year. We asked our bank to maintain the same monthly payments. This will either reduce overall mortgage time or (should the interest rate increase) maintain the same monthly payment. There are no expectations that the salaries will follow up the inflation.

       It’s almost impossible to get a long term fixed rate mortgage. Mainly for two reasons: the banks refused to take any risk transferring it to the citizens and a juicy 0.5% commission, every time you get a new mortgage.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

January 2019 update ($480,872 +$40,797 or +%9.3)


↑ Emerging Markets Stock Index Fund is up by $8,716 or +7.7%
↑ Eurozone Stock Index Fund is up by $6,415 or +6.3%
↑ US 500 Stock Index Fund is up by $8,521 or +8.0%
↑ Global Small Cap Index is up by $10,080 or +10.3%
↑ Vanguard FTSE U.K. All Share Index is up by $4,112 or +5.0%
↑ EUR is slightly up to USD by $2,027  or 1.0%
↑ GBP to USD is slightly up by $926 or +4.0%
Grand total additions: $40,797
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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Opportunity Cost

I had a recent opportunity to return to the USA on a business trip.  While doing some light shopping online I encountered my 2008 order.  For X-mass we agreed with the wife to order our wish list to read.
Two of them on the financial subject have not been read.

This re-enforced my thinking about Zero Based approach to life. Past years have been big for me. My kids were born. We moved to a new city. I had two exciting and well-paid jobs between 2010 and 2016.
I think in new millennia era one separates between “experiencing self” and “remembering self”. Remembering is about kids, new jobs, new city. Experiencing self for was a lot about the internet and my phone.
I start spending a significant amount of time interacting on the internet and my phone than with the family.  Initially, the phone was no more than a player which I can use to make phone calls.  I start picking my phone, tablets much more often that you pick up a knife and fork, pending far longer reading emails, reports, emerging in data than reading books.


The applications on my phone and tablet are enormously powerful and allow me to do a lot on a move, but I am not happy with the role internet plays in my life. I have no problem with disconnecting from the network during vacation or otherwise. It is not about addiction but substitution.  I need to re-think how my time is spent and how to spend it otherwise.