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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Emotional survival for market crashes

After seeing the share market take a wonderful and scary dive at the start of February, I started thinking about how it felt to me - seeing the value of my investments drop by a couple of thousand - and how it would feel to others with bigger accounts.

While I'm early in my journey and quite happy to see market values drop so I can acquire more for less, I'm trying to imagine how it will feel when I have a bigger investment, and a market correction hits.

Here's a few ideas to manage the panic moments.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

The Year of Investing - February 2018

I'm back! Sort of! I got one blog post out in February, and plan to post once a month for the rest of the year. After that my stint as a Treasurer will be over, as well as one of the extra committees I've signed myself up for. So 2019 should be a boring quiet year where I can focus on writing a lot more.

But between now and then, I hope to get one post out a month to keep my typing fingers in shape, as well as these monthly updates.

Read on intrepid followers, for the dazzling numbers that made up February...

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Why do you think $40k isn't enough?

One of my Australian FIRE blogger friends Pat the Shuffler was recently featured on ABCnews.

Not only was it a good read, but the bottom half of the internet (i.e. the comments section) was highly entertaining.

But one ongoing comment that I want to address has been a bane of the FIRE community for years. "Hope he likes eating two minute noodles, because no one can live on $40k a year."

What is it with everyone outside the FIRE community trying to tell us we don't know what our own budgets are?

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

The Year of Investing - January 2018

Where in the world is LadyFIRE this time? Largely lamenting the fact that I didn't get my payrise, and spending over an hour every night in a volunteer treasurer role. Who needs free time right?

Friday, 5 January 2018

The Year of Investing - December 2017

Where in the world is LadyFIRE? I've been pretty silent around here but I've almost locked down that promotion I've been chasing. I have a verbal confirmation, but I'm not popping the champagne till I get the paperwork, and the payrise.

Still, it means I've been crazy busy and barely sparing a thought for this blog. It creeps into my head as I'm falling asleep each night, but during the daylight hours there's just no time.

But I can keep up these monthly reports, for your curiosity and my ongoing benefit. It gives me a little thrill each time I sit back and look at how well I'm tracking towards these goals.

Friday, 1 December 2017

The Year of Investing - November 2017

November is the real start of summer! And it has been the start of businesses ramping up for Christmas, and my investments have all performed admirably. I've been completely disengaged from this blog dealing with professional turmoils at work, but I'm cautiously optimistic this shake up will lead to some career leaps, more money and more responsibility if I can play my cards right - and not lose my temper at the guy who seems determined to snatch the same opportunity.

Friday, 3 November 2017

The Year of Investing - October 2017

What a month! It was crazy expensive, I saved a tonne of money and I went out, with people! I'm not a huge social butterfly but I'm always up for a good costume party. There was a hint for summer for a day or two, and then winter laughed and laughed and took over again. At least the finances went well.

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