• Economy

    Internet Trends Report 2019

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes Hello people! How’s it all going? Whoa can you believe that half of 2019 has flown by? Seriously, feels like I’m aging every day… How’s those New Year’s resolutions going? Unfortunately haven’t achieved mine yet… but hey, there’s still another 6 months to do it right! Continuing on the tech theme of recent posts, this week I had the privilege of reading the highly anticipated annual “Internet Trends Report” from Mary Meeker. Mary is one of the most closely followed Internet and Tech investors out there, having started her career on Wall Street as an analyst, and first covered internet based stocks in the mid-90’s. She…

  • Real Estate

    Land-To-Asset-Ratio and a Real Life Case Study

    Reading Time: 3 Minutes What’s up guys! Hope everyone’s having a great week. Up and down kinda week here at TheFrugalSamurai HQ… Up because PapaFrugalSamurai aka my Uncle’s brother has returned back from a 3 month soiree in the Motherland. Down because well, there’s still a few personal issues afoot. But enough about me – for today we are discussing: Land-To-Asset-Ratio I’ve actually only stumbled onto this concept recently and wished I had understood this when I first started my investment journey into real estate. What is it? The most basic explanation is the “land value” component for a property compared to its overall value. For example, if a property…

  • Economy

    The RBA Cut Interest Rates… So What?

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes Howdy everyone! All together for another rendition of TheFrugalSamurai? You betcha! Been a headline making week for us Aussies, it’s the first time our central bank (Reserve Bank of Australia) has moved the benchmark cash rate since August 2016. With a cut in the official rate to 1.25%, this marks a historic low for our nation. But what does it all mean? In a nutshell, it means that the country ain’t doing so great, and that the powers-to-be decided they needed to do something to kick-start it. You see, lowering rates should encourage increased investment and spending through cheaper access to borrowing. How? Well, in simple…

  • Stock Market

    How Much to Make $10,000 in Dividends?

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes Howdy guys, how’s everyone? So I was on a hot date with MrsFrugalSamurai last night and she was lamenting the fact that she feels pretty burnt out recently. Fair enough I was thinking, you have to put up with me dear… But no, she was feeling burnt out mainly through her J.O.B. “Why can’t I just be a stay-at-home-housewife!” she exclaims, looking directly at me. Sigh, why can’t I be the housewife instead!..Is not what I said to her in reply. Luckily for me, she moved on to regale me with updates of the latest James Charles spat…something about a guy with two first names not…

  • 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…