• Economy

    Internet Trends Report 2019

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes Hello people! How’s it all going? Whoa can you believe that half of 2019 has flown by? Seriously, feels like I’m aging every day… How’s those New Year’s resolutions going? Unfortunately haven’t achieved mine yet… but hey, there’s still another 6 months to do it right! Continuing on the tech theme of recent posts, this week I had the privilege of reading the highly anticipated annual “Internet Trends Report” from Mary Meeker. Mary is one of the most closely followed Internet and Tech investors out there, having started her career on Wall Street as an analyst, and first covered internet based stocks in the mid-90’s. She…

  • Real Estate

    Land-To-Asset-Ratio and a Real Life Case Study

    Reading Time: 3 Minutes What’s up guys! Hope everyone’s having a great week. Up and down kinda week here at TheFrugalSamurai HQ… Up because PapaFrugalSamurai aka my Uncle’s brother has returned back from a 3 month soiree in the Motherland. Down because well, there’s still a few personal issues afoot. But enough about me – for today we are discussing: Land-To-Asset-Ratio I’ve actually only stumbled onto this concept recently and wished I had understood this when I first started my investment journey into real estate. What is it? The most basic explanation is the “land value” component for a property compared to its overall value. For example, if a property…

  • Alternatives

    LibraCoin

    Reading Time: 3 Minutes Hai everyone, how’s it all going? Some interesting developments happened last week in the world of Cryptos which you may or may not have noticed. Facebook came out and released a white paper (an info pack) about a new Cryptocurrency it’s originating called Libra and Calibra, the Blockchain platform supporting the back-office function. It’s just another example of how the Blockchain is coming to the mainstream. Wait… Cryp what? Block…chain? Blockchain is the system in which a record of each financial transaction made in Libra (or any other cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin) is maintained across computers that are linked in a peer to peer network, i.e.…

  • Economy

    Hong Kong Protests

    Reading Time: 3 Minutes Hi guys! Back again for another post tonight… Sigh, still getting over the news of last week (read here), but hey I’ve said right at the start of this blog that I’ll try and push through the good and the bad. Life’s not all about sunshine and lollipops y’know. I think too many of us on the interwebs only portray our best face forward, but life’s a biatch and sometimes we all gotta acknowledge that. Anyway. Takes deep breath. Back to it. In the last week or so you might have noticed that something is rotten in the state of Hong Kong. There’s been mass protests…

  • Life

    This Too Shall Pass

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes Sigh. Been a very challenging week in TheFrugalSamurai household this week guys… Won’t go into details but suffice to say that it’s put a complete spanner in our lives. It came completely out of left field and unfortunately has meant the proverbial storm clouds are forever languishing once more. Really? Again? I mean Geez Laweez, we’ve had a rough few years recently – close relatives passing, job uncertainty, family illnesses… sigh. And just when things have quieten down an itty bitty bit… now this. Sucker punch after sucker punch. When does it get better I have to ask? It’s moments like these when we need some…