• FIRE,  Life,  Work

    1 Simple Step for Personal Finance Beginners

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes What’s up everyone! How’s it going? Had a very interesting discussion at lunch with some work colleagues today. As you all know, we live in Sydney, Australia – an absolutely amazing place to be. Unfortunately that awesomeness is offset by the supreme cost of living, quid pro quo as they say! And this was the topic with my colleagues. One of them recently had a baby, and he was telling us about a trick he is employing for their future. Well, it’s not necessarily a trick but more of a life hack. Basically the guy loves Bubble/Boba teas, often guzzling 3 or 4 a DAY. So…

  • Alternatives,  Economy,  Life

    The Machines Are Coming

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes G’day all! I was having dinner with my long-time chum DeeSee this week and we reminisced a lot about our high school days. He has an upcoming class reunion to mark 15 years since graduation. FIFTEEN! Makes me friggin’ old just thinking about it. During our convo, we talked about how much change has occurred since. As a financial journalist, DeeSee has the perfect bird’s eye view of the trends and topics going on in the world today. One of the biggest change we discussed, is the rise of the machines. Now, as much as you might have enjoyed Arnie and Sarah Connor and Skynet, you’d…

  • Alternatives

    Cannabis… A Growing Market?

    Reading Time: 3 Minutes Nerves, nerves, nerves. So NERVOUS. How come? Cos I’m THIS close to signing off on choosing a real estate agent to sell one of the properties in the portfolio. As much as I hate selling, I think it’s time. I think so… I mean as part of the annual review, I’ve identified that it isn’t really pulling its weight. The long term fundamentals still remain, but there’s too much ongoing maintenance and other dramas for it to work short-term. Plus, I’m looking to reinvest any proceeds into something a bit better (hopefully). Still, procrastination affects all of us, and if it wasn’t for MrsFrugalSamurai’s gentle prods…

  • Economy

    Yield Curve Inversion

    Reading Time: 3 Minutes Strewth, WHAT a shitty week that was. Made a TON of mistakes at work (some forced, some unforced) and it doesn’t help when I’m dealing with probably the most arrogant, demanding and obnoxious client in a LONG time. Still, moments like these I come back to the tried and tested adage for myself, which is – when I’m 80 will I remember this time? The answer I’ve decided, is a resounding NO. WHEW. Now that’s off me chest, let’s move on shall we? What’s down with the yield curve? We also heard this week the big bruhaha about something called “yield curve inversion”, which set off a…

  • Life

    World Happiness Report 2019

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes Sorry guys but gotta make this one short and snappy today, chiefly because we’ve got a couple of friends over for dinner and we are GROSSLY unprepared. But that’s why UberEats exist right? Right. Anyway, before they come, I thought I’d share this pretty cool report I found surfing the inter-webs. It’s the World Happiness Report 2019 which highlights which countries’ citizens are the “happiest”. The survey, conducted by Gallup, uses a three-year rolling average of survey responses around six factors: GDP per capita; social support; life expectancy; freedom to make life choices; generosity; and corruption levels. And no surprises here with the Scandinavians all well…