Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Monthly Summary - September 2017

Monthly Summary

Okey, one month has passed and now is time to do the monthly summary.

During the past month the portfolio has grew nicely even though EUR vs USD rate has been negative to me. In the end no big changes in portfolio, only added some Olvi from the Nordnet campaign in the end of the month.Olvi is old company which has been selling mostly alcohol (beer, long drinks, etc.) and non-alcohol beverages to consumers in northern part of the Europe. So, in the end quite safe choice, like all of my stocks are :)


Total sum of the portfolio was today 16 876,48€, this means portfolio has grew during the past month around 2,3%. So, in the end solid month.

Looking forward

Hopefully the EUR vs USD rate will stabilize or other wise I need to start buying more USD rated stocks :) Please also, check my new site www.freedomsearcher.com There you can find more post about personal finance, investing and my personal portfolio.


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Money Management – Money Challenges of Today's Youth

We are living in 21-century but most of the old money laws still apply. So, what “old” laws I would like to tell to my kids or relatives who are soon turning 18? What are the money problems or challenges of today's youth?

Here is a list of things which come to my mind. Let’s say, I would be today a very rich man if someone had told these things to me 25 years ago.


Many of today’s millennial's don’t have any common understanding of money. It is frustrating that they don’t teach any personal finance skills in school and it’s even more frustrating if the youngster does not get this very important education from home.

Budget Plan

They have never make any budget what comes to money. They just spend without knowing do they have money to buy stuff or not. This will lead to problems mainly because the interest rates in credit card loans are beneficial for lender not for you!

No goals or destination

It is common that they spend every penny they have. They don’t have any investment plans or goals. For example, they will have 50k$ in stocks when they turn 40 or they 50% left of mortgage.


They think time is on their side and they can start saving a little bit later. Unfortunately, it is another way round due to compounding. Start saving today and invest this money, by doing this you will have much more in the future.

Lack of Knowledge

They will invest into very risky businesses and lose their money. It is true that risk and profit goes hand in hand. So, please remember the diversification. It’s your free lunch.

So, let's take care of our youngsters. Please try to teach them the money management ABC's. I know, it will be hard and painful, but hopefully they will thank us later. :)


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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Investing For Dummies – TOP5 Investing Rules


This time I will talk about a little bit about my investing rules. I try to avoid investing mistakes by any means and this is the main reason why I have created these rules to myself. Also, these rules will keep me and my investing strategy discipline and perseverance. If the investor does not have any investing rules, it is quite clear he or she will not reach the full potential of the portfolio.

1st rule; Pay Yourself

My first and probably the most important rule is to pay to myself first and then use the rest of the money to other costs (food, car and etc.). This rule comes from the book called “The richest man in Babylon”. The basic idea is to invest first 10% of your net income to stocks, etf’s, funds and etc and use 90% income to other stuff. People has a bad habit to use everything what they have in their bank account and by doing this (pay first to yourself and then to others) you will automatically adjust your spending into right level and your keep your savings.

2nd rule is: Don’t fear the loosing of the money

The longest time-period has been around 20 years the stock full cover from the recession. This happened a long time ago and cover periods of the last four recessions has been much shorter (around 5 years). Even if the recession would start tomorrow I know that “soon” my stock values will be at same level than today. Also, this recession would be a great time to buy stocks due to low valuation levels.

3rd rule: Please remember to use diversification when creating your portfolio

The max for one stock sector (example finance) is 20% and 5% of one stock. Okey, this “5%” rule applies when your portfolio grows to 6 digits, but when you are dealing with 5 digits or even smaller portfolio, try to remember this 20% rule what comes to sector picking.

4th rule: Create a rule(s) for valuations

Investor should create the rules what he or she will use when picking the stock. For example; stock value should be under 16 p/e or dividend yield should be over 2% and etc. Please study how the most successful investors like Warren Buffett use these valuations and copy.

5th rule: Trust yourself!

When you made the study about your stock and you chose the one to invest, trust yourself and please keep the stock in your portfolio more than one year. After one year, investigate what has happened. You will learn a lot of yourself as an investor and about your investing strategy. Please remember, as daily basis, only 1% of stock owners will decide the stock price. Like Warren Buffett has said; “The stock market is a device for transferring money from the impatient to the patient.”

Please use the comment section below and tell me what are your rules what comes to investing or did you learn something from the list I created, and off course, you are always welcome to copy my rules.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Best Personal Finance Books - My Book Recommendations

To know more than 95% of people you should read the following books I recommend here. By reading the books you will learn:
  • You won't be millionaire in one night.
  • It takes time, unfortunately quite long, so better start today :)
  • Difference between good and bad loan
  • Difference between rich, middle-class and poor
  • How to maximize your time
  • And much more
Here is a list of my favorite books:

Investing Related:

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham

Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton Malkiel


The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

Tools Of The Titans by Tim Ferriss

How To Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Happy Reading,


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Money Management - 7 Hobbies You Can Afford

Having a hobby can be very expensive. The costs can rise over four digits per month easily in certain sports. The costs are coming from rent, interval of practices and training costs. For example, ice-hockey, horse riding and figure skating are very expensive. I have two kids and am just hoping that their hobby selection would be from the cheap end :)

Off course you can watch TV all day long or play free games with your tablet or mobile phone, but at least for me these are not "free hobbies" even though those might be free. It would be beneficial for you if you would skip the TV today and you would go outside for having some fun and sweat :)

So, what could be a hobby which does not cost much? Here are my findings:


You can borrow a book from the library for free. Nowadays you can also use google play store or other similar provider which offers some books for free.

Learning a Language

You can borrow a book from the library or use internet based cheap learning programs, like duolingo, memrise or hellotalk.

Body Weight Fitness

Just go outside, you can go running, cycling or do muscle exercises to which you use your own body weight.


Every has a pen and paper?

Writing / Blogging

You can start a blog at no cost at all. You can use free platform providers like blogspot or wordpress. If you want to have own website, prices start at 4-5 €/$ per month. Cheapest host is BlueHost.


Making your own food is much cheaper than eating in restaurants. You can also prepare next day lunch, so you can skip the canteen lunch.


This needs a little bit skills but you can learn programming skills almost at no cost. You can also turn this to profit by making your own apps and programs.

Have fun with your new hobbies,


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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Money Management - 5 money saving tips you should know

“Financial Freedom Is Available To Those Who Learn About It And Work For It”, this is famous quote from Robert Kiyosaki. First step to your financial freedom is to make a decision and start to work for it. Second step will be to start to saving money and investing those to assets which pays you instead of taking money out of your pockets.
Today I want to share my best tips which I have learn from the book or the hard way. Living paycheck to paycheck can be stressful and hopefully my tips will help you to achieve better money skills.

Make a budget

You need to know where your money goes. You need to have plan which guides your spending and saving habits. You can find good templates from the internet, just modify those a little bit to suit better for you.

Pay yourself first

On the payday, please pay yourself first. At least 10% of the wage and invest this money to stocks, ETF or etc. Also, set a personal goal, for example I want to have 100 000 dollars when I am 50 years old.


Don’t buy the canteen lunch. Make a little bit more food day before the workday and eat this instead of expensive canteen lunch. Also, plan the whole week menu to avoid unnecessary purchases.

Buying a non-necessity

In every purchase think twice before buying. What comes to bigger purchases, it would be good think few days before buying and if there is something you really need (e.g. toilet paper), buy it in bulks.

Credit card debt

Pay your credit card off completely every month because the interest rates are very high (~20% ). If you have credit card debt you should pay it off as soon as possible.
Please let me know are you doing the same and what are your favorite saving tips.



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Monday, August 7, 2017

Personal Finance - Monthly Summary and New Site

Hi All,

Last week I decided that I will focus more on the lay-out of the site, but soon I hit the wall. The blogger does not fully suit for my future plans. So, I decided to create a new site which would suit better for my future plans and would also create added value for my readers.

The setting up the page was quite easy and this was second time for me to create a real web page. I must say it was quite a lot easier than 20 years ago. Off course there is always something which does not go by the book, but this always a learning experience. The learn new things you should always do something which is not familiar to you and you should think outside the box.

From the new page you can also find the latest summary result under the section called "portfolio". It was much easier to do and update to the new site. But as a results wise the month was almost +/- zero. The value of the stocks rose but the due to EUR vs USD rates, the results were poor.

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I have a great summer, at least here in Finland the weather has been really bad this summer.