• FIRE,  Life,  Real Estate

    6 Things You Learn Buying A House (Vs Units)

    Reading Time: 3 Minutes Howdy folks! Been full bloody on these last few weeks. Why? Well MiniFrugalSamurai’s arrival is INBOUND. Less than 8 weeks left and it is ALL SYSTEMS GO over here. So, I apologize off the bat for going missing here and there. Especially going AWOL with the Youtube channel, but honestly peeps… I have no time. From scans, to doctor appointments. Prenatal classes to baby shopping (buying things for the baby, not buying babies – that is illegal in most countries). It just doesn’t stop. HOWEVER. I do have a spare hour or two to punch out this quick post. As many of you know, late last…

  • Economy,  FIRE,  Investing,  Stock Market

    An Uneasy Feeling

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes MrsFrugalSamurai recently asked me how the performance of our stock portfolio is going. “Decent” was my one word reply. Why? She wanted to know. I could have told her it was because one of our holdings has received a significant boost from the early roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine. Or that another holding has surged off all-time lows from March last year. Even still, another could be the prospect of re-opening international borders, which would allow free travel to commence once more. But. The truth is. I don’t know. More to the point, I don’t think anyone truly knows why markets move up or down. We…

  • Alternatives,  FIRE,  Life

    How Much Is Your Time Worth?

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes What’s up dudes and dudettes! Welcome back to another episode of The Frugal Samurai. SO GUYS, DRAMA in the TFS household. Or rather we had a mini bust-up recently with a close family member. Long story short, it involved some tree trimming, and the question of who is responsible for the leftover rubbish (think branches, leaves, logs… y’know tree stuff). I’d thought that it was a simple matter for the tradies to take away said rubbish. HOWEVER, it appeared that this detail was not negotiated in the works – which meant they left a great big mound in the front yard. Just look at that eyesore!…

  • Economy,  Investing,  Life,  Real Estate

    Regional Markets?

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes Hm, recently I’ve been reading more and more about how the regional markets are going to outpace metro locations in terms of capital growth. Stories such as these: “House prices in regional Australia have risen at a higher annual rate than in capital cities for the first time in more than 15 years, as COVID-19 increases people’s desire to live outside the big smoke. That compares to an almost 7 per cent increase for regional markets. “Regional markets haven’t outperformed the capital city markets since 2004,” CoreLogic research director Tim Lawless said.” Are increasingly making people step up and take notice. Yeah fair enough. I can…

  • Economy,  FIRE,  Investing,  Real Estate,  Stock Market

    Market Musings

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes Howdy all! And a Happy Valentine’s Day. Ooo and hugs and kisses goes out to my personal Valentine aka MrsFrugalSamurai. She made me feel very special indeed with a uniquely composed card and personalized message. Although I could only decipher two thirds of her writing, the love and warmth shone through. Received with thanks MrsFS. As for my present? Well, that’s for her eyes only of course (truly, otherwise Crime Stoppers would be called). But today’s not about love and chocolates and naked bloggers – no, today’s post is a bit of social commentary regarding what I’m seeing in the markets, or rather the market participants.…