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The passion of Early Retirement

I was reading an article on Marketwatch this morning. It was a reprint of a blog post by Steve from ThinkSaveRetire on debunking the popular myths about early retirement. Steve and his wife retired when they were 35 years old and haven’t looked back since. They get by on $30.000-$35.000/year, travel the US and, given ...

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Are you Rich?

Are you rich? “Am I Rich?” Have you asked yourself this question before? I imagine if you’re reading my blog then the idea has come to your mind. Rich in terms of salary, rich in terms of net wealth, rich relative to some benchmark, rich in absolute terms. Maybe being rich may have nothing to ...

Night owl or morning person? Do morning people have the upper hand?

Let’s accept it, there are morning people and there are night owls and you are either one or the other. Some people say there is a group that falls somewhere in-between. But if it exists it is rare as the people I’ve met tend to lean one way or the other. I very clearly fall ...

Conversations with my son – Universal Income and creating Money Supply

As the day’s get better, so the conversations with my son come out of the blue. I do talk to my son about money. He knows he has a savings account and he knows it is important to save regularly, so that he can have more money when he is older. He also understands (for ...

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You have your first stock market analyst meeting, what to expect and some simple ways to prepare.

Making it to the C-Suite as Chief Financial Officer, CFO, is just the start of the journey, not the destination. It comes with a myriad of new activities and challenges. One of those is the stock market analyst meeting. The stock market analysts, those individuals who hold the power to move your stock from a ...

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Private Banking : is it worth it ?

Is private banking worth it ? What does this service bring you as a benefit, what are the costs ? Should you rather just be your own banker ? I’m sure your questions could go on and on. You probably know that it is a fairly secluded world, usually reserved for the ultra high net worth individuals (wealth in excess of ...

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10 reasons why Contemporary Art can be a good investment

Research by Korteweg and Kräussl from Stanford University, (https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/insights/research-art-good-investment) using the BASI (Blouin Art Sales Index), showed investment in Art delivered an annual return, as an asset class, over 1972 to 2010 of 6.5%. According to Artprice.com, art auction turnover increased by above 5% in 2017 compared with 2016 and Deloitte’s Art & Finance Report ...

7 ways to get a promotion

How do you get a promotion? It is an essential question but one I haven’t been often asked. I progressed rapidly in my career up to Chief Financial Officer of a 15.000 people listed company, and yet how I moved so quickly to the top role in Finance, boils down to just 7 reasons. 1. ...

5 ways to get rich that anyone can follow

The road to riches is one that is well trodden, but also one that is different for everyone. No one road gets you to the prize, but there are several well followed rules or principles that anyone can follow. Here are my top 5 ways to get rich. If you follow them, then the probability ...

The basic rules to follow to financial independence and early retirement

I don’t know why – maybe it is changing jobs recently or maybe it is the fact of getting older that this subject of financial independence and / or early retirement (from the corporate world) has been something I’ve really been thinking about a lot lately. I did write an article about early retirement a ...