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    WeChat!

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes Howdy folks! OK so many of us are familiar with Whatsapp, most of us are familiar with Facebook, and all of us are familiar with Amazon. But what if there is one company which can combine all three? Enter: WeChat You’ve probably heard of them already, but if you haven’t – I thought it best to write up a quick post on an app which is revolutionizing mobile platforms. WeChat When a company’s scale and market penetration is so gigantic that it’s described as “an ecosystem”, and the “only operating system for your life”, you should probably take note. WeChat is one such company (owned by…

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    What I’m Viewing

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes Hey boys and girls! It’s been some time since I’ve done an episode of “What I’m Viewing”, which is a short selection of articles, videos and links I’ve found useful in the last couple weeks to assist us on our financial and investment journey… The last one was back in July, which you can find by clicking here. Without further ado, let’s get into it! A Taxonomy of Moats I stumbled onto this gem of an article about “moats”. Not the dungeons and dragons kind, but the kind which enables a company to continue to churn out high profits and margins without imitation. More specifically, the article…

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    A Quick Cryptocurrency Update and a Personal Tale

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes So it’s been a while since I’ve written anything about Cryptocurrency. Cryptos you might remember, made global headlines for creating a whopper of a bubble a couple of years ago. Suffice to say, not much has been heard from since. I thought it’d be prudent to do a quick update on what’s going on in the world of Cryptos. Legitimacy As I’ve remarked before, the power behind Cryptocurrency, being the Blockchain, has always been the game changer. The premise being that transactions can be verified by anyone and everyone around the World. So it’s no surprise that in recent months established names such as Facebook came…

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    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…

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    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…