• Economy

    Huawei – What Now?

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes “Hey son, how do I use this?” I looked up from what I was reading…(Tintin and the Red Sea Sharks) to see my mum with a confused look on her face. Then I looked down at what she was holding. A Huawei phone. Dum Dum DUM…cue dramatic music. OKOK, let’s take a step back here guys – so what right? Some of us have Apple Iphones, others have Samsung Galaxies, so what if your mum has a Huawei phone? Well, unfortunately for Mum, she’s just become an unwitting pawn in the escalating trade war between the US and China. I wrote about the trade war earlier…

  • Alternatives

    7 Numbers Shaping Tomorrow’s World (Visually)

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes What’s up everyone! How’s it going? Did you go out and enjoy the unseasonably warm late Autumn weather? I know I did! Courtesy of my good friend Bavid, I scored an invite to a corporate box seat at the footy (“Aussie Rules” as it is known) on Friday night. Seeing how it was sponsored by a competitor in financial services, Citibank – I found it amusing to be sitting with the “enemy”. Though I must say, they can put on a damn good slow cooked pulled pork and slaw spread… Oh and the view wasn’t too shabby either: Between trying to dig up some trade secrets,…

  • Economy

    Up or Down? You decide.

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes Sigh. “Don’t wish things were easier, wish you were better”. I know, I know – Jim Rohn quotes are pretty corny sometimes aren’t they? But oh so TRUE. A bit bonkers this week, the parents are away which means that it’s yours truly’s turn to dog-sit for them for a couple of weeks. Not that I mind, look at that little fluff ball: Feels good having her around. I mean, MrsFrugalSamurai is good and all… but she can’t give me licks down “there” y’know? Points to feet. (I know what you thought, wacko). Still, as pleasurable as her feet licking is, there comes a time when…

  • Alternatives

    What I’m Viewing

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes What a monumental election that was last night guys! For those of us who aren’t aware, here in Oz – we just had the federal election across the country to select the ruling government and Prime Minister. The incumbent liberal coalition party (think, the UK conservatives, or US Republicans) was tipped to lose by a landslide, given all the kerfuffle which they’ve put us all through in the last couple of years (I’ll spare you the details, but a lot’s to do with the rotating chair of prime ministers). So it was a bit of a shock to see them be elected again over the Labor…

  • Economy,  Stock Market

    What’s a Trade War?

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes Golly gosh, it’s that time of the week again right? Another episode offfff TheFrugalSamurai. A bit late on this post, apologies guys – been driving around half of Sydney yesterday chasing my tail. THEN I realized I was doing so somewhat illegally… as I completely forgot about renewing the bloody car insurance. LUCKILY nothing happened (breathes huge sigh of relief). Excuse my absent-mindedness, got a lot on my plate. Like? To tell the truth, a big sticking point is figuring out where to make my dollars work the hardest right now. Traditionally I’m a property and shares kinda guy as you know, BUT currently real estate…