• Misc

    LibraCoin

    Reading Time: 3 Minutes Hai everyone, how’s it all going? Some interesting developments happened last week in the world of Cryptos which you may or may not have noticed. Facebook came out and released a white paper (an info pack) about a new Cryptocurrency it’s originating called Libra and Calibra, the Blockchain platform supporting the back-office function. It’s just another example of how the Blockchain is coming to the mainstream. Wait… Cryp what? Block…chain? Blockchain is the system in which a record of each financial transaction made in Libra (or any other cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin) is maintained across computers that are linked in a peer to peer network, i.e.…

  • 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…

  • 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,…