The death of animal spirit

It's a big world out there, and currently we are not anywhere near normal economic circumstances. Every day that goes by, and I keep reading more and more extreme economic and financial stories. Lately read, that the 100 year Austrian bond that was recently issued had gone parabolic, due to the ever falling interest level. … Continue reading The death of animal spirit

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Car considerations – I so want that Tesla …

Back from vacation and I can't help thinking about the one topic we have been debating a bit in our small Minimal5 family. The car 🚗 situation. A bit of background information for all of you new comers to the Minimal5 blog; we have a Citroen grand C4 Picasso, with the smallest gasoline engine - … Continue reading Car considerations – I so want that Tesla …

We sold our balcony – I know – weird?

Don't worry, we don't have a homeless guy living on our balcony now or anything, but this story is kind of a weird one. It does involve money though, which by some completely random events have found its way back into my wallet. Which is why I will be writing about it. Because hey, any … Continue reading We sold our balcony – I know – weird?

Saving for the next generation – why and how much?

I am not out of a wealthy family. So no inherited capital here, as Mr. Thomas Piketty concludes is the easiest way to a worry free financial life in the 21st century. No money at all, or lots of money, we cannot escape the topic of how we go about teaching our kids about wealth, … Continue reading Saving for the next generation – why and how much?

My 19 steps to sanitize the family budget.

Actively pursuing a financially independent lifestyle will require you to understand your financial situation in detail. You need to understand your personal balance sheet and financial net worth. I have written a blog post about that here; Family Net Worth Update #1. Additionally you will need to understand your income statement, and especially the cost … Continue reading My 19 steps to sanitize the family budget.

How my DGI portfolio performed in 2019

Earning season is coming to an end in Denmark. Most companies in Denmark only pay out dividends once a year in combination with the publication of the annual reports and the general assembly. Hence most dividends will be arriving at investors accounts between March and May. This means it is time for a summary of … Continue reading How my DGI portfolio performed in 2019

2 months of blogging – status Updated

As May turns to June, it is once more time for a blogging update in order to evaluate progress towards that utopian status as a Global Minimalistic Influencer. One thing that happened early in the second month of blogging, was an e-mail from WordPress, informing of my first 100 Likes. Almost simultaneously the word from … Continue reading 2 months of blogging – status Updated

Family Net Worth Update #1

Finally found the time to sit down and do a proper calculation of the net worth. I will be aiming to update it monthly going forward in order to properly track the progress of this financial independence barometer. It's actually quite a healthy exercise, to be so specific about your own personal net worth, and … Continue reading Family Net Worth Update #1

How I ended up with my first real estate investment

Following the various debate and posts on financial independence - early retirement here in Denmark, there is a lot of focus on real estate investments. I am a strong believer in real estate in any dividend portfolio, and I have been thinking/dreaming/planning my own journey into real estate for years. I have always known/wished that … Continue reading How I ended up with my first real estate investment

How I made 1$ blogging

Passive income - the holy grail of F.IR.E. Lean back, kick your feet up, and enjoy that steady stream of income hitting your PayPal account while zipping Pina Coladas at the pool bar. Sounds intriguing right. Well, news flash - get ready to work hard for that steady stream of income. Admitted, I could have … Continue reading How I made 1$ blogging

How to invest in German windfarms

Solar power, wind farms, I love thee. If you are a regular follower of this blog , you will know that I am a current investor in two photovoltaic solar power projects. Sensible investments in renewable energy So naturally I am also very interested in investing in wind power. How? Why? What? You ask! Ask … Continue reading How to invest in German windfarms

How I manage to blog with 3 kids and a full-time job

I know what you are thinking - this guy is a hoax, right. How can any one with a full time job, a wife and 3 kids, an apartment and a vacation home, find time to also run a blog? Finding time in a packed calendar can be a difficult task, and building out a … Continue reading How I manage to blog with 3 kids and a full-time job

How to counter lifestyle inflation

Lifestyle inflation, I think we have all experienced that concept in one shape or form. It is rather hard not to when you go through the various cycles of life. ~This post contains affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, if you click through an affiliate link and make a purchase, I may … Continue reading How to counter lifestyle inflation

Confessions of a shopaholic

Hi my name is xxx...and I am a shopaholic. I'll tell you, trying to combine a minimalistic approach to life with being a husband and father of three is not easy. Today I had to buy something, as tomorrow is our anniversary (12.5 year - big thing in Denmark) and half way to the silver … Continue reading Confessions of a shopaholic

My best reads on capital, investment, risk and uncertainty

It is only natural, as an economist, that I have a reasonable interest in capital. In understanding capital; how it is accumulated, shared, gained, won, put to active use, running idle, inherited, and eventually lost (by either you or your heirs). ~This post contains affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, if you … Continue reading My best reads on capital, investment, risk and uncertainty

The financial status – part 2

Continuing from my last blog post about me and my family's income levels, and the tax rate in Denmark, let's use this update to dive into the current state of wealth for the little Minimal5 family. We currently live in a flat in downtown Copenhagen. It is a cooperative housing flat, which basically just means … Continue reading The financial status – part 2

The financial status – part 1

No reason to have a blog about financial independence with out providing some sort of financial overview of the blogger - right, so we might as well get to it. First a bit of background information about this blogger, so you have some sort of context to put it into. Basically, being "middle-aged" means that … Continue reading The financial status – part 1