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

    6 Lessons From COVID-19, One Year On

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes Gosh, has it really been over 12 months since an unseen, unheard, unknown virus caused never-before-experienced levels of panic and terror? It has. It now seems oh so long ago but 2020 will forever be remembered as the year in which the world, as we know it – changed. Mask wearing, travel bans, working from home – these phrases all entered our colloquial mainstream. I thought it best to revisit some of the lessons which I have learnt from those turbulent days of March and April 2020, more so as a reminder for myself than anything else. In no particular order, here goes… Herd Mentality Never…

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

    Mistakes I’ve Made A Few

    Reading Time: 3 Minutes Recently I was perusing the required reading material that is the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Letter. If you don’t know what this is – basically it’s the shareholder letter Warren Buffet writes each year since 1977. Every year it’s a hot topic of debate and there’s gems a-plenty. This time, he discusses a lot about his mistakes which I think makes him unique in the market – in that he talks more about his failures than his successes. Editor’s Note: Incidentally I never trust a person who only talks about their wins, never their losses/learns. Anyone who has been investing for a while knows that the more…

  • Economy,  Investing,  Real Estate,  Stock Market

    Australian Housing Tipped To Rise?

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes Hola people! Be ready for a bit of a charting binge today. Ever since we recently bought our place (read here), I’ve been monitoring the housing market ever so closely. And I’ve been noticing a few things. What things? Oh y’know, about the state of our economy in general. I’m a responsible man now OK, got a family to think of. So first up is… Employment Here, let’s start with employment: Would you look at that! Sure, employment levels are still lower than pre-COVID, but it’s come back a fair bit hasn’t it? A sharp “V” shaped recovery puts the trend in the right direction. “Clap,…

  • Alternatives,  FIRE,  Life

    My Worst Financial Decision So Far

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes Dear all. Don’t buy a house with a pool. That is all. No really, the financial cost of owning a pool far outweighs the derived benefit. Seriously, how many times are you going to be swimming? And no child’s laughter is worth having one damnit! OK so I might be feeling ranty tonight cos it’s ticked over midnight and I’ve just finished “fixing” our pool pump. Rather I came home around 9ish to the sound of a staccato of noise you would not believe. I thought it was an odd hour for the neighbours to be using a chainsaw… until I realized the sound was suspiciously…

  • Economy,  Life,  Real Estate,  Stock Market

    8 Financial Lessons From 2020

    Reading Time: 3 Minutes Happy New Year everyone and WELCOME BACK! Hands up if you’re very excited for what 2021 will bring? Haha, I exited 2020 with a whimper, with a (lonely) jog in the park on NYE followed by watching “Tenet” (confusing) with MrsFrugalSamurai, and get this… going to SLEEP before midnight (exhausting), thereby missing out on the fireworks (disappointing) and also ringing in the New Year with MrsFrugalSamurai (chastising). D’oh! Getting old in my years. Anyhow, as much as I love to look ahead, it’s also important to look back on the previous year because well… 2020 had it’s moments didn’t it? So in no particular order, I…