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03Sep 20
Personal And Financial Milestone Progress!

Personal and financial milestone progress!

I finally took a step forward in my personal milestone! It took way longer than expected but I will finally move forward this month. After this I still have other milestones to achieve but whether or not I'm going to make it remains to be seen.
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01Sep 20
My Monthly Savings Rate Report: August 2020

My monthly Savings Rate report: August 2020

August was a bit more expensive than expected. Mainly because the summer sales got moved to this month. I tried my best not to fall for the tricks they try to apply every year and I think I succeeded very well. But even then, I did buy a few things I needed.
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25Aug 20
JAT: China’s FAANGs

JAT: China’s FAANGs

the US has FANG (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google(Alphabet). China has JAT (JD.com, Alibaba, and Tencent). These Chinese Internet stocks are benefiting from an extra dynamic, got trashed just as well, and recover just as much.
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19Aug 20
6 Reasons Why You Should(n’t) Get A Turnkey Apartment

6 reasons why you should(n’t) get a turnkey apartment

If you would have told me 2 years ago I was going to get a turnkey home, I'd have a good laugh and move on. In my mind, I had already worked out that I wanted my house to be build from scratch or at least heavily renovated to modern standards. Boy, was I wrong. I ended up getting one as my first property.
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09Aug 20
Money Can’t Buy Happiness But Saving Helps

Money can’t buy happiness but saving helps

There is a famous saying that money cannot buy happiness. That may be true but having money sure can help in gaining happiness. If there is one thing that the corona pandemic has shown us, is that saving for a rainy day isn't such a bad idea. It can prevent a lot of unhappiness.
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03Aug 20
My Monthly Savings Rate Report: July 2020

My monthly Savings Rate report: July 2020

If I had to describe July in one month it would be 'fun'. Bit of a weird thing to say during a pandemic, no? Thanks to a couple of trips and celebrating my wife's graduation from her Master (yeaaaah! well done!) we were able to forget the return of the coronavirus.
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30Jul 20
Cofinimmo Vs Aedifica: Which Healthcare REITs Is Better?

Cofinimmo vs Aedifica: Which Healthcare REITs is better?

The health care sector is at the center of the Corona pandemic. Especially in Belgium where during the first wave, elderly care centers got hit hard. Luckily, after a bit of delay, the situation stabilized and the worst was over. It also didn't impact the rental payments too much as both healthcare REITs Aedifica and Cofinimmo kept receiving rent. So, both healthcare REITs seem to be solid amidst this continuing chaos but are either one of them better than the other?
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21Jul 20
Buying A First Home: Pay Attention To These Costs

Buying a first home: pay attention to these costs

Having gone through the process of buying my own home I wanted to share all the costs that came with this crazy adventure. There are a lot of costs associated with getting your first home, whether it's a house or apartment. I was quite honestly a little surprised by all the paperwork and meetings that come with it. This overview should cover the majority of costs, both recurring and one-time for both the notary and the bank. 
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15Jul 20
Quarterly Portfolio Report – Q2 2020

Quarterly Portfolio Report – Q2 2020

Quarter two was just as much of a thrill ride as Q1 but in reverse. We went from a bear market to new highs in a matter of weeks instead of months or years. The question is though, is this move sustainable? For the moment the sharp recovery results in an excellent recovery of my portfolio across the board.
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09Jul 20
My Monthly Savings Rate Report: June 2020

My monthly Savings Rate report: June 2020

After a live-changing May, June was a lot less crazy. That is not to say that nothing happened in June. I actually invested quite a bit in the site. These investments made my SR drop but thanks to my holiday pay, I was able to keep the damage to a minimum.
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07Jul 20
Paying Too Much Taxes? My Belgian Pay Slip Explained

Paying too much taxes? My Belgian pay slip explained

In 2020 Belgium is still the country with the highest average income tax and tax wedge in the world (OECD, 2020a). I'm willing to bet Americans' blood would boil seeing my payslip at the end of the month. 52.2% of what my employer pays for me ends up in the…

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