Time flies when you are having fun! We're in February already; Time to look back again. The days are still depressingly short and my town flirts with freezing low temperatures, but we're in much calmer waters as far as the financial markets are concerned. The volatile and rather stress-inducing see-sawing that we witnessed in the … Continue reading Portfolio Update: January 2019
We've reached January 2019. Happy New Year to you all! Most people look ahead and make New Year resolutions. You know, quit smoking, quit drinking whiskey when you are alone and depressed (never!). For me however it's time to look back again and assess the previous month for yet another portfolio update. December was chaotic. … Continue reading Portfolio Update: December 2018
We've reached December so it's time to look back again, time for yet another portfolio update. It's amazing how fast November has passed. That's a bit of a cliche, but it's like I published my last update only days ago. Yet here we are: Another month has gone by. October was gruesome. Well, that's perhaps … Continue reading Portfolio Update: November 2018
Investing isn't my second nature and I am scrambling up a steep learning curve to master the fundamentals. I sometimes feel like an inexperienced mountain climber who just realized he is afraid of heights while hanging off a cliff. The good news? While a mountaineer has little tolerance for mistakes, I can afford them. More … Continue reading Why Invest In Index Funds?
You had done all the right calculations. At least that's what you thought. And according to the math the accumulated invested capital was exactly what you needed to bridge the years from your early retirement until full pension age. Even the average return was very close to what you had used in your formula's. But … Continue reading Early Retirement: Could A Bad Sequence Of Returns Annihilate Your Portfolio?
We've reached November so it's time for a portfolio update, look at what has happened during October and reveal my plans for the upcoming period. October has been a very exciting month. It was brutal for equities, with the S&P, Dow and Nasdaq all dropping significantly and with high volatility for the company stock that … Continue reading Portfolio Update: October 2018
Don't have all your eggs in the same basket. That's the saying. Don't base your hopes for a financially independent future on one particular asset. It's a sure-fire (!) way to lose everything you have ever saved. It will crush your dreams and hopes for early retirement. Not good! A diversified portfolio makes you less vulnerable … Continue reading Diversifying My Portfolio: Yea or Nay?
Hi followers. This is the first portfolio update and I am really excited to get started. In subsequent updates I will focus mainly on the applicable month, but because this update is the first I will also explain a bit about the months and years leading up to where I am today. I have always … Continue reading Portfolio update: September 2018