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SimplyFI - A community for Common Sense Personal Finance and Investing - The UAE chapter of the Bogleheads and ChooseFI
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Andrew Hallam paid a second visit to the capital on Sunday, February 4th, in order to educate the Abu Dhabi audience about responsible investments. Andrew is a personal finance writer and the author of Millionaire Teacher and Millionaire Expat. He was able to retire early from his teaching career thanks to investing wisely, and he’s now an active advocate of retirement planning by expats. He opposes the expensive fixed term, ...
Posted: Feb 16 2018 @ 1:27 AM
We were pleased to host Andrew Hallam again as our guest speaker here in Dubai. Andrew is a personal finance writer, author of Millionaire Teacher and Millionaire Expat, teacher by profession (retired already) and an active opponent of fixed term, expensive, insurance-linked saving products sold widely to expats across the world. He is also a mentor to many expats who follow his advice on retirement planning and setting up their ...
Posted: Feb 16 2018 @ 1:23 AM
SimplyFI is the UAE local chapter of the Bogleheads®. We follow the investing principles of the father of index investing, John C. Bogle, which enable the average retail investor to benefit from the growth of the stock and bond markets in a very effective and simple manner.On the meetup hosted on the 11th of November 2017 Dorota Lewna presented the key investing principles that make up the Bogleheads philosophy. The ...
Posted: Nov 11 2017 @ 1:21 AM
Typically discussions in this group focus heavily on index investing – Bogleheads style. There are however many members who are already investing in alternatives such are real estate or are interested to add this to their portfolio, for diversification. This meetup was a perfect way to learn some basic principles of real estate investing from a couple of our members who were happy to share their experience.Heidi Jane Hill has ...
Posted: Oct 14 2017 @ 10:19 AM
The Bogleheads® UAE Chapter Dubai Meetup 16 was presented by Brahim Laraiki at Abu Dhabi University at the Dubai Campus on Saturday 30 of September.Brahim shared with us his journey towards becoming an index investor. He has done an immense amount of research on the options he had, from contacting and talking to financial advisors to reading books, articles and doing on-line courses. Based on this Brahim gave several suggestions ...
Posted: Oct 13 2017 @ 1:03 PM
The Bogleheads® UAE Chapter Dubai Meetup 15 was presented by John Van Zuylen at Abu Dhabi University at the Dubai Campus on Sat September 9th, 2017.This was a fantastic presentation on how one can make significant changes in how much they spend and earn, and therefore retire earlier than expected!Click here to see the presentation! And click here to see John's spreadsheet!Various ideas were shared across several spending categories from ...
Posted: Sep 17 2017 @ 2:14 PM
The CSPFI community met this Saturday to speak about a pretty unconventional topic: financial independence and early retirement.Most people believe they need to work until they are 65. It's what everyone around them is doing. It's what they've been told since we were born. It's how the system is setup. But why wait until 65' Why not find a way to retire at 55' Or 45' Or even earlier' And ...
Posted: Aug 13 2017 @ 4:00 PM
It's been another great turnout! In this presentation, Demos spoke about how money is a means to an end and provided a framework to help people decide on how to use it to achieve life goals. Demos encouraged the audience to think about what they wanted from life, what money symbolized for them, and what made people happy.Click here to view the presentationHe also shared the latest research around happiness, ...
Posted: Aug 04 2017 @ 6:35 AM
It had been a while since we last organized an open meetup. The group has grown significantly since the last time we gave an introduction to our philosophy so we decided to host this introduction to Common Sense Personal Finance and Investing. And the turnout was great! We could barely fit everyone in the room :-)Click here to view the presentationDuring this meetup we discussed how powerful investing can be ...
Posted: Jul 11 2017 @ 3:50 PM
On 21 of January, Alex gave us an amazing and humbling presentation summarizing his experience with online stock brokers since he started investing as an expat in the UAE in 2009.Alex is a cautious investor. He is very well aware of the past issues and challenges that online brokers have faced and he takes this into account in his approach to investing.In his presentation, Alex presented a number of risks ...
Posted: Feb 03 2017 @ 5:48 AM


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