• Alternatives

    What I’m Viewing

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes Hola damas y caballeros, ¿cómo están? Bienvenidos a otra edición de TheFrugalSamurai. Coughs. Ahem, excuse me there – had the language settings all mixed up. As much as I love speaking Russi… er Spanish, have to admit it that it makes things difficult for a predominantly English blog. Quick and easy one today with another rendition of the classic TheFrugalSamurai’s “What I’m Viewing”. Been a while since I’ve done one of these (last one here) so thought it best to keep us all updated on a short selection of articles, videos and links I’ve found useful in the last couple weeks to assist us on our financial…

  • Economy

    Aussie Interest Rate Cut Again

    Reading Time: 3 Minutes OK, so about a minute ago I went on to type out this post and the entire FrugalSamurai site had a “fatal error” message… to say that my heart skipped a beat is to put it LIGHTLY. Too much blood, sweat and tears have been poured into this project for it to succumb to some Machiavellian cyber-attack. “DON’T YOU DIE ON ME” I yelled at the monitor, pounding my fists on the desk, willing it to BREATHE. Takes a huge breath. Be still my beating heart. Too much excitement for a Wednesday night I tell you. Anyway moving on. So, our central bank, The Reserve Bank…

  • 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…

  • Alternatives

    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.…