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Re: Belgian Moustachians
« Reply #150 on: March 03, 2017, 12:02:45 PM »
I always found it very bizarre unemployed people live in Brussels city, and the people actually working in Brussels need to commute there everyday.

This article provides some elements to explain the commuting situation in Belgium: Five reasons Belgium has the worst traffic in Europe .

One excerpt:
Belgium is a small country, but every Belgian probably knows somebody who commutes more than 100km every day. That’s because jobs are concentrated in the large cities, but most people won’t move there. [...]
The OECD blames this on a rigid housing market, caused by the high transaction costs of buying a house. There’s also a strong anti-urban mentality. For many Belgians, owning a detached house with some green space in the neighbourhood where they grew up is worth all those hours on the road.

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Re: Belgian Moustachians
« Reply #151 on: March 17, 2017, 12:40:19 AM »
Hi, all

I'm a 33 year old Belgian (O-VL Region).
I discovered MMM a month or 2 back and read through everything. It seemed I had some latent mustachianism already (Biking, Saving a lot, moving closer to work). But still learned some new tricks. Like why the hell didn't I properly Invest...
I'm now in the process of learning to Invest, set up a Binck account looking at some Index ETF's (IWDA, EIMI, EMUE) to build some growth and hopefully making the jump quickly after reading some more.

It's fun to see some Belgian Mustachians here, cause there's offcourse a huge difference for some things and it's fun to see some people already did research into it.

I see some posters have Personal Finance blogs as well.
Is there a list of all "Belgian Mustachian Blogs" somewhere? I love to read those...
Oh and do any of the Belgian bloggers want to do an indepth Mustache analysis of my situation? (would love that, I can take it) :)

Also maybe the first post of this thread should link those blogs and some more "Belgian specific Info" like https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Investing_from_Belgium#Type_of_ETF_useful_for_investing_from_Belgium
which is usefull for new people like me :)


So when is there a reallife meetup happening (Ghent, Brussels)?

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Re: Belgian Moustachians
« Reply #152 on: March 17, 2017, 03:53:45 AM »
Hi, all

I'm a 33 year old Belgian (O-VL Region).
I discovered MMM a month or 2 back and read through everything. It seemed I had some latent mustachianism already (Biking, Saving a lot, moving closer to work). But still learned some new tricks. Like why the hell didn't I properly Invest...
I'm now in the process of learning to Invest, set up a Binck account looking at some Index ETF's (IWDA, EIMI, EMUE) to build some growth and hopefully making the jump quickly after reading some more.

It's fun to see some Belgian Mustachians here, cause there's offcourse a huge difference for some things and it's fun to see some people already did research into it.

I see some posters have Personal Finance blogs as well.
Is there a list of all "Belgian Mustachian Blogs" somewhere? I love to read those...
Oh and do any of the Belgian bloggers want to do an indepth Mustache analysis of my situation? (would love that, I can take it) :)

Also maybe the first post of this thread should link those blogs and some more "Belgian specific Info" like https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Investing_from_Belgium#Type_of_ETF_useful_for_investing_from_Belgium
which is usefull for new people like me :)

So when is there a reallife meetup happening (Ghent, Brussels)?
Hi there. Welcome to the church of Mustachianism :-)

You're offering some good ideas in your post. I've added some links already in the first post of this topic. In case anyone has other links, you can pm me. I'm also up for a real-live meetup. Preferably in Gent but Antwerp or Brussels will work as well.

I took a quick look at the EMEU ETF (https://www.ishares.com/us/products/239644/ishares-msci-emu-etf) but the TER seems quite high (0,50%). I've put some money in "DXET - Euro Stoxx 50" (TER 0.09%)... To be honest I'm a bit hesitant about the long-term future of Europe, so I've put most of my money in IWDA. However I'm becoming very tempted to start looking at other funds, or even those holdings (Ackermans, HAL Trust) which were mentioned earlier in this thread by "TheCyclingInvestor"...
It's tempting to start looking for higher gains but the few times I've done this in the past have gone very bad...

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Re: Belgian Moustachians
« Reply #153 on: March 17, 2017, 04:23:05 AM »

I'm also up for a real-live meetup. Preferably in Gent but Antwerp or Brussels will work as well.

I took a quick look at the EMEU ETF (https://www.ishares.com/us/products/239644/ishares-msci-emu-etf) but the TER seems quite high (0,50%). I've put some money in "DXET - Euro Stoxx 50" (TER 0.09%)... To be honest I'm a bit hesitant about the long-term future of Europe, so I've put most of my money in IWDA. However I'm becoming very tempted to start looking at other funds, or even those holdings (Ackermans, HAL Trust) which were mentioned earlier in this thread by "TheCyclingInvestor"...
It's tempting to start looking for higher gains but the few times I've done this in the past have gone very bad...
Yeah was planning IWDA 60% EIMI 25% 15% Euro low cost TER Accumulating Index fund so DXET looks fine. Does this sound fine as a good accumulating growth strategy?

Anyway meetup in Ghent make it happen (30min train-ride (or a bit longer bicycle ride on sunny days))

PS: @financialfreedomsloth having fun reading your blog (see a lot of similarities with myself)

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Re: Belgian Moustachians
« Reply #154 on: March 17, 2017, 05:06:51 AM »
Yeah was planning IWDA 60% EIMI 25% 15% Euro low cost TER Accumulating Index fund so DXET looks fine.
I did a quick check on DXET and it seems like it's underperforming compared to the index :-/. Not so sure anymore if I should recommend it.
http://www.morningstar.nl/nl/etf/snapshot/snapshot.aspx?id=0P0000HNXD

Does this sound fine as a good accumulating growth strategy?
Sounds good. Looking at those fluctuations of EIMI scares me a little bit, but on the long-term it will probably do fine. To be honest I don't have any "expert knowledge", it's probably better if others chime in here.

Anyway meetup in Ghent make it happen (30min train-ride (or a bit longer bicycle ride on sunny days))
I'll be traveling over the next couple of weeks, so the start of May is really the best option for me...
Maybe go for a week-day, Tuesday the 9th of May? A couple of drinks and a chat in a bar, somewhere in the center?

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Re: Belgian Moustachians
« Reply #155 on: March 17, 2017, 05:14:07 AM »

I'm also up for a real-live meetup. Preferably in Gent but Antwerp or Brussels will work as well.

I took a quick look at the EMEU ETF (https://www.ishares.com/us/products/239644/ishares-msci-emu-etf) but the TER seems quite high (0,50%). I've put some money in "DXET - Euro Stoxx 50" (TER 0.09%)... To be honest I'm a bit hesitant about the long-term future of Europe, so I've put most of my money in IWDA. However I'm becoming very tempted to start looking at other funds, or even those holdings (Ackermans, HAL Trust) which were mentioned earlier in this thread by "TheCyclingInvestor"...
It's tempting to start looking for higher gains but the few times I've done this in the past have gone very bad...
Yeah was planning IWDA 60% EIMI 25% 15% Euro low cost TER Accumulating Index fund so DXET looks fine. Does this sound fine as a good accumulating growth strategy?

Anyway meetup in Ghent make it happen (30min train-ride (or a bit longer bicycle ride on sunny days))

PS: @financialfreedomsloth having fun reading your blog (see a lot of similarities with myself)
Similarities? And here I was thinking I was unique ....
But thank you for the kind words!

You have already missed 2 meet ups (one in Breda and one in Antwerpen) a third is being set up now:
https://ambertreeleaves.wordpress.com/2017/03/06/lets-get-togehter/
If somebody wants to set up a mini meetup in Ghent, I do visit Ghent pretty often since I used to study and live there for 15 years and my family and friends still live near Ghent.

Other Belgian blogs:
Amber tree  has a blog roll with some Belgians in it and cheesyfinance also has an excellent blog roll (http://cheesyfinance.nl/wp/index.php/blogroll/).
Their excellent blogroll is the reason I do not have one because, well, I am lazy ...
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Re: Belgian Moustachians
« Reply #156 on: March 17, 2017, 06:03:48 AM »
PS: @financialfreedomsloth having fun reading your blog (see a lot of similarities with myself)
Similarities? And here I was thinking I was unique ....
But thank you for the kind words!

You have already missed 2 meet ups (one in Breda and one in Antwerpen) a third is being set up now:
https://ambertreeleaves.wordpress.com/2017/03/06/lets-get-togehter/
If somebody wants to set up a mini meetup in Ghent, I do visit Ghent pretty often since I used to study and live there for 15 years and my family and friends still live near Ghent.

Other Belgian blogs:
Amber tree  has a blog roll with some Belgians in it and cheesyfinance also has an excellent blog roll (http://cheesyfinance.nl/wp/index.php/blogroll/).
Their excellent blogroll is the reason I do not have one because, well, I am lazy ...


Haha well yeah similarities 'a bit lazy' care-free student time, being naturally frugal, ..., minus that active Investing knowledge damn

Those meet-ups look real interesting, a bit further out but with a clear agenda and talks, I'll keep an eye out for those.

But a smaller less organized thing sounds fun as well :)




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Re: Belgian Moustachians
« Reply #157 on: March 18, 2017, 03:51:37 PM »
Meeting like minded people is always fun.

Our next BENL meetup is indeed a little further away. We do consider a car pool system. Expect a next one again closer to Antwerp.

In between, mini meetups are great. I work in Brussels, so that could be a good candidate. And Ghent is never far away... Would a doodle help to pick a date?

Next Saturday, I will go to the VFB event in Antwerp. Anyone else?
« Last Edit: March 18, 2017, 03:56:47 PM by Amber Tree »

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Re: Belgian Moustachians
« Reply #158 on: March 19, 2017, 04:08:07 AM »
Meeting like minded people is always fun.

Our next BENL meetup is indeed a little further away. We do consider a car pool system. Expect a next one again closer to Antwerp.

In between, mini meetups are great. I work in Brussels, so that could be a good candidate. And Ghent is never far away... Would a doodle help to pick a date?

Next Saturday, I will go to the VFB event in Antwerp. Anyone else?

Yeah a Doodle / Poll might be a good way to poll interest pick a city and date.
Got to say all these Belgian PF blogs are inspiring, maybe I should start to write stuff down as well...

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Re: Belgian Moustachians
« Reply #159 on: March 19, 2017, 09:27:33 AM »
Here is a Doodle.


It seems most people prefer Gent. Fine with me.


I added the date already suggested.


https://doodle.com/poll/k748vyh66gscqsme


ATL

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Re: Belgian Moustachians
« Reply #160 on: March 19, 2017, 09:29:49 AM »

Yeah was planning IWDA 60% EIMI 25% 15% Euro low cost TER Accumulating Index fund so DXET looks fine. Does this sound fine as a good accumulating growth strategy?



That is very similar to my accumulating strategy: IWDA, CESL and EMIM. Belgium pushes us to accumulating ETFs that are not registered in Belgium...

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Re: Belgian Moustachians
« Reply #161 on: March 21, 2017, 10:21:27 AM »
I'll try to join you guys as well, depending on the schedule! :)

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Re: Belgian Moustachians
« Reply #162 on: March 23, 2017, 04:29:44 AM »
Looks like the best date is May 6. Lets take that one.


I will start a new topic for that, to keep things clean.


https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/meetups-and-social-events/belgian-meetup-may-6-gent/

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Re: Belgian Moustachians
« Reply #163 on: March 24, 2017, 08:11:57 AM »

Yeah was planning IWDA 60% EIMI 25% 15% Euro low cost TER Accumulating Index fund so DXET looks fine. Does this sound fine as a good accumulating growth strategy?



That is very similar to my accumulating strategy: IWDA, CESL and EMIM. Belgium pushes us to accumulating ETFs that are not registered in Belgium...

Which broker do you recommend?
I would like to put in regular 1000 € amounts in these ETF's.


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Re: Belgian Moustachians
« Reply #164 on: March 24, 2017, 11:00:33 PM »

Which broker do you recommend?
I would like to put in regular 1000 € amounts in these ETF's.


There are a lot of ETF investors that have an account with degiro. they have a core selection tat allows you to buy for free each month for a certain amount/trades. At the same time, I read that you need to be carefull on the type of account you use. I have no experience with them.


As I use my portfolio as collateral for option trading, I am with brokers that support big time option trading.


When buying on a regular basis for 1000€, trading fees are important. You have the 0,27pct tax (can not be avoided anymore) and then a trading fee. assume you pay 7 eur for the trade, then your total cost is 0,97pct.





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Re: Belgian Moustachians
« Reply #165 on: March 25, 2017, 03:34:01 AM »

Which broker do you recommend?
I would like to put in regular 1000 € amounts in these ETF's.


There are a lot of ETF investors that have an account with degiro. they have a core selection tat allows you to buy for free each month for a certain amount/trades. At the same time, I read that you need to be carefull on the type of account you use. I have no experience with them.


As I use my portfolio as collateral for option trading, I am with brokers that support big time option trading.


When buying on a regular basis for 1000€, trading fees are important. You have the 0,27pct tax (can not be avoided anymore) and then a trading fee. assume you pay 7 eur for the trade, then your total cost is 0,97pct.

Yeah that's why I asked on how the more passive investors invest. Cause those trading fees add up.

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Re: Belgian Moustachians
« Reply #166 on: March 27, 2017, 02:53:43 AM »
Anyone experience with https://www.easyvest.be ? Looks like a betterment alternative but for Belgium.

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Re: Belgian Moustachians
« Reply #167 on: March 29, 2017, 02:32:57 AM »
Anyone experience with https://www.easyvest.be ? Looks like a betterment alternative but for Belgium.
Pretty high fees. And they probably dump the money in ETF's who have fees of their own... Cheap broker and selecting your own ETF's will be cheaper and produce the same results (well, better results actually because you will not have to pay a fee to easyinvest).
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Re: Belgian Moustachians
« Reply #168 on: April 15, 2017, 04:10:28 AM »
De tijd launched a fun little tool to quickly see what business insiders are doing (buying or selling their own company).
http://multimedia.tijd.be/insiders/

I for one was glad to see that Alexander van Damme also likes to buy AB Inbev shares around the 100 euro price! 
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Re: Belgian Moustachians
« Reply #169 on: April 15, 2017, 01:21:58 PM »
De tijd launched a fun little tool to quickly see what business insiders are doing (buying or selling their own company).
http://multimedia.tijd.be/insiders/

I for one was glad to see that Alexander van Damme also likes to buy AB Inbev shares around the 100 euro price!


That buy from him was in the news a few months back. It has been the start of a great option income so far. Fingers crossed...!

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Re: Belgian Moustachians
« Reply #170 on: April 15, 2017, 02:43:28 PM »
Hi belgian mustachians!
Hope to see some of  you at the Financial Independence Week Europe (FIWE) in Timisoara which we're organising in September.
Apply as long as there are spaces left.
It's going to be a non-commercial fun event to meet like-minded people, eat some local food, dring some local alcohol and most importantly: talk, talk, talk :)

There are direct fights from Brussels...

All details here: http://whatlifecouldbe.eu/fiwe/

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European mustachians, it's time to meet! We stated the Financial Independence Week Europe (FIWE), a non-commercial and fun mustachian week. Do you want to attend? http://whatlifecouldbe.eu/fiwe/

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Re: Belgian Moustachians
« Reply #171 on: July 06, 2017, 11:56:05 AM »
Heh nice article in humo Amber Tree

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Re: Belgian Moustachians
« Reply #172 on: July 13, 2017, 10:59:48 PM »
Heh nice article in humo Amber Tree
Yeah good job ATL!

There's also an interesting article on a couple lesbians that payed there morgage in 4 years.
http://www.hln.be/hln/nl/960/Buitenland/article/detail/3208332/2017/07/13/Koppel-betaalt-lening-af-in-vier-jaar-Zo-hebben-ze-het-gedaan.dhtml?show=art
It's a shame a lot of people are sceptical in the comments.
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Re: Belgian Moustachians
« Reply #173 on: July 13, 2017, 11:47:54 PM »
Heh nice article in humo Amber Tree
Yeah good job ATL!

There's also an interesting article on a couple lesbians that payed there morgage in 4 years.
http://www.hln.be/hln/nl/960/Buitenland/article/detail/3208332/2017/07/13/Koppel-betaalt-lening-af-in-vier-jaar-Zo-hebben-ze-het-gedaan.dhtml?show=art
It's a shame a lot of people are sceptical in the comments.

Ah HLN comments they are so fantastic :)


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Re: Belgian Moustachians
« Reply #174 on: July 17, 2017, 12:35:13 PM »
There is now a series on channel 4 called 'how to retire at 40'. You can't watch from outside the U.K. and at the moment no luck via 'alternative' ways. But quiet a few shows of channel 4 end up becoming available if one knows where to look ...
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Re: Belgian Moustachians
« Reply #175 on: July 17, 2017, 12:53:49 PM »
There is now a series on channel 4 called 'how to retire at 40'. You can't watch from outside the U.K. and at the moment no luck via 'alternative' ways.

Hola! (chrome plugin) did the trick for me. It's funny how there's some mainstream media coverage of FIRE (although they kept it VERY superficial, as one would expect).

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Re: Belgian Moustachians
« Reply #176 on: July 23, 2017, 05:01:01 AM »
And an article n De tijd this weekend: http://www.tijd.be/politiek-economie/belgie-algemeen/Op-veertig-met-pensioen-Volgens-deze-Belgen-kan-het/9915971?ckc=1&ts=1500805687

I haven't read the one in Humo as I get it with some delay from the parents but I guess it is pretty similar.
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Re: Belgian Moustachians
« Reply #177 on: July 23, 2017, 07:14:19 AM »
Great! Although the last paragraph sounds sceptical. I think you never may expect a broad based support for a simple frugal lifestyle. You need a lot of discipline, perseverance, resistance to consumption, tolerance for serious setbacks in for example the stock markets,... All human characteristics that everyone wished they got them but few have...
And maybe it's better like this because government will invent some more stupid taxes like the one they are discussing right now: 0,1% tax each year on your complete portfolio...
Another consideration: image that everyone got frugal? Our investments will schrink tremandously, don't you think so?

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Re: Belgian Moustachians
« Reply #178 on: July 24, 2017, 12:35:03 AM »
Indeed, the last paragraph sounded as if it were written to confirm the readers in their belief that ER is not realistically possible. Now stop daydreaming and get back to work, sheeple! :)  Pity that an otherwise serious newspaper indulges in this kind of writing style.