Greatest Hits
Financial Independence

Greatest Hits: Volume 3 (Home Stretch)

And just like that, we are two weeks into 2021. I think we can all agree that so far, it hasn’t really felt any different from 2020. New mutations popping up across the world – and spreading faster than anyone could expect. Cases (and […]

Stock market questions
Stock Market

How High Will The Stock Market Go?

On August 5th, 2011, representatives of the S&P rating agency announced their decision to downgrade their credit rating of the US Federal Government. To be fair, the S&P had clearly flagged their thinking earlier on, announcing a negative outlook back in April of the […]

2021 money moves
Investing

My Top Money Moves For 2021

And so, as it usually does every year, the Christmas fiesta has come to an end. If anything, the unexpected lockdown here in London was a blessing in disguise. Yes, not being able to see friends and family was a bummer. On the flip […]

Greatest Hits
Financial Independence

Greatest Hits: Volume 2 (Hello 2021)

Well, here we are. 2020 firmly (and thankfully) behind us. The clock has now begun its relentless countdown on 2021. At the outset, a year seems like a very long time. Objectively speaking, it is indeed a chunky stretch. But days have this pesky […]

Best of 2020
Financial Independence

It’s A Wrap: The Best Of 2020

Well, here we go. By the time this post goes up, we’ll be just hours away from ushering in the new year. These days, there seems to be a certain rhyme and rhythm to the vast majority of the “year in review” posts. Following […]

Snowball effect
Personal Development

The Beauty (And Danger) Of Compounding

You will have noticed that over the past few weeks, I have really dialed back on the number of “quantitative” posts. Gone are the rates of return, expected probabilities, and asset class comparisons. There’s plenty of time for those topics throughout the year. Instead, […]

Finding happiness
Financial Independence

Finding Happiness

As my workload finally eased up over the past few weeks, I have been able to spend a fair bit of time catching up with friends and family members. Many people in my social circle also have young kids and demanding jobs. Between all […]

Money identity
Financial Independence

The Money Identity

Nothing in life is easy. But it’s fair to say that building wealth has got to be one of the most challenging tasks you can set for yourself. A big underlying issue here is incentives. Think about losing weight or learning a new language. […]

Portfolio review
Investing

The Banker On FIRE Portfolio

One of the fundamental truths of being a personal finance blogger is that it invariably involves telling readers what you think. The internet, however, is a funny, opaque place. Things are not always what they seem. And for all you know, I could be […]

Most important investment
Careers

Your Most Important Investment

Bonds or equities? US or international? Large cap or small cap? What about value? Gold, commodities, crypto, individual stocks, sectors and subsectors, investing styles – the personal finance community is bursting at the seams with discussions on where to put your money. And yet, […]

Risk has big eyes...
Financial Independence

You Can’t Run Away From Risk

The other day, I got a frantic call from the commercial tenant at one of our rental properties. There was a pretty significant leak coming in from above which caused a mini-flood in the restaurant below. Luckily, the place was closed to customers at […]

Personal Development

Losing Control

Last Friday was a long day for me. The first Zoom call of the day started at 7 am, courtesy of a demanding continental client with a penchant for early starts. A year ago, my secretary would have punted the meeting by a couple […]

Money Superpower
Financial Independence

What Is Your Money Superpower?

The absence of role models has long been one of the biggest obstacles to building wealth. After all, the easiest way to become successful is to find someone who is already successful – and replicate what they have done. However, money isn’t like fitness […]

Not about the money
Financial Independence

Not About The Money

Back in my 20s, when I was still working my somewhat boring corporate job, I had a few friends who managed to “break into” investment banking immediately post undergrad. The lead-up to Christmas was always an exciting time for them – not least because […]

The End Of Passive Investing
Stock Market

The End Of Passive Investing

In what is becoming a recurring theme, a long-time reader (let’s call him Bob) sent me a link to an article about passive investing the other day – and asked for my views. The article itself was unremarkable, a thinly veiled shill for an […]

Investing lessons
Investing

Five Investing Lessons From 2020

It may not seem like it, but as of today, we are just four weeks away from Christmas. One of the most eventful years of the past few decades is beginning the countdown toward its logical conclusion. It’s fair to say that 2020 has […]

A Million Is Not Enough
Financial Independence

When A Million Is Not Enough

On Saturday morning, I woke up to an email from a long-time reader of this blog. To preserve anonymity, let’s call him Carl. Carl sent me a link to this story from the Sunday Times and asked for my views. I was still in […]

Tale of two markets
Stock Market

A Tale Of Two Markets

Back in February, when a very prescient colleague of mine was busy liquidating his equity portfolio, a good friend of mine was going in the opposite direction. He and I had discussed investing in the past – and he had fully signed on to […]

Back to school
Personal Development

Should You Go (Back) To School?

Almost twelve years ago to the day, it felt like the world was on the verge of collapsing. Venerable financial institutions have gone bankrupt, while others were teetering on the brink. Real estate values plunged in an unprecedented way, leaving millions of overleveraged homeowners […]

Proceed with caution
Investing

Covid Vaccine? Don’t Get Too Excited

Yesterday’s news of the Pfizer Covid vaccine may well be the emotional highlight of 2020. It certainly put a big smile on my face, notwithstanding an otherwise challenging day at work. A triumph of good over evil. Of human ingenuity over a nasty, deadly […]

Buy or rent?
Financial Independence

The Road To Riches – Buy or Rent?

Of the many conceptual arguments playing out in the personal finance space, buying versus renting has got to be one of the longest-running ones. Based on what I have seen over the past couple of years, the “buyers” represent a solid majority. After all, […]