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FI, Belgium, options, ETF
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As my regular investing in ETFs is boring as hell, I have introduced play money to add sparks to my portfolio. It has gotten a little out of hand and developed into a serious income stream. Finance Avenue On November 18, The financial newspaper organise a free event called Finance Avenue. It takes place in … More October Passive Income // Finance avenue ...
Posted: Nov 02 2017 @ 2:31 AM
2 months ago, I decided to start again with our monthly investing. I am convinced that investing each month your salary surplus is the best way for the long term. And I have to admit: it is easier than it sounds. Our emotions screw up the plan easily! Why this post? Now that the markets … More Monthly investing in ETFs ...
Posted: Oct 30 2017 @ 3:10 PM
As soon as I am passionate about something, be it FIRE, a hobby, a holiday, I want to speak to many many people about it. And that is all wrong… Not everybody is in the same situation as me. Not everybody is able to save up to 50 pct of the income. Or not everybody … More Speaking FIRE to others is a challenge ...
Posted: Oct 23 2017 @ 12:58 AM
Last Monday was great! I had a day off and got to experience what FIRE could be like. It is sweet. I took a day off and volunteered to teach some basic programming and hardware assembly to kids aged 11-12. It is inspiring to see these young kids and how they are interested in technology … More Tasting Fire // Being absent from the blogs ...
Posted: Oct 16 2017 @ 1:52 AM
At the start of September, I was septic… There were many elephants (really bad trades) in my portfolio and I had quite some loosing positions. Here is how it went from there. Option Income – 398,73€ All in all, september was a good option trading month. I know, the graph shows otherwise. I am not … More Option Income – Downscaling the elephants ...
Posted: Oct 02 2017 @ 1:59 AM
One year ago, I took the kids to the fair in our town. It was a fun visit, with a lot of lessons. We are now one year later. Did we improve? This time, I took only the oldest one, on a lazy Sunday afternoon while the younger one was at a birthday party. Before starting, … More Progress in the kids education ...
Posted: Sep 18 2017 @ 1:15 AM
With August behind us, I can write up a new post on my option trading income. And what a month it was: A new record combined with a few bad market events that created the elephants in the room. Can you help me with my elephants? Option Income – 805.95€ It is official: you can … More New Record option Income / The elephants in the portfolio ...
Posted: Sep 04 2017 @ 1:16 AM
About a year ago, I stopped my monthly contributions to my ETF portfolio. Officially, due to the increased risk at the job: I wanted more cash. With hindsight it might have been a valuation issue. My last buy was in June 2016 – rebalancing my emerging markets exposure. The intention to stop investing was to … More Let’s start again ...
Posted: Aug 31 2017 @ 1:20 AM
Belgians are born with a brick in their stomach, alluding on the fact that Belgians want to own a house. We are no different, we do own our house. Is that a good idea? Why we own a house. Having our own house – almost paid off, having the cash to do so when we … More Our house costs money! And how we deal with it. ...
Posted: Aug 28 2017 @ 1:44 AM
One of my objectives of blogging is to figure out how to educate my kids about money. After reading a lot and listening to a lot of podcasts, I now am happy with the following model, based on needs and wants. Teaching kids on how to deal with money is not straight forward. I do … More Teaching about money ...
Posted: Aug 24 2017 @ 12:57 AM


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