Stocktake: Q2 2022

Meantime the sun descended from the skies,
And the bright evening star began to rise.

What’s new?

Honeymoon. Finally.

How’s the progress?

The overall FI progress stands at 65%. Thank the gods, the stocks are getting cheaper to buy, so shovelling my hard earned cash into the stock market is less painful than it used to be. The saving rate is quite healthy at 53%.

Though year to date my portfolio is down by about 8%, I’m feeling very still… and I think my passive investment strategy knows which way to go πŸ˜‰

So far so good.


6 thoughts on “Stocktake: Q2 2022”

    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ Yes, having waited for quite a while, I had (almost) given up on the institution. It goes to show, things happen when you least expect them. Who knows, you could be next πŸ˜‰


      1. Haha, anything is possible but I have certainly had more than my fair share of chances and my relationships are actually getting shorter these days.

        I’m toying with going de-anonymous on the blog just to change things up. Maybe it’ll flush out the Slow & Steady frugaliststress of my dreams πŸ˜‰


        1. That sounds like quite a radical change.
          The Monevator is great, has helped many people if not retire early then at least get their finances in order, and you should be proud of it. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t put your real name to it. Martin Lewis didn’t go anonymous and neither did the Bogleheads’ contributors, so why should you?
          Your blog is also a significant part of your life which I imagine takes up a large chunk of your time, and investing is also your hobby, etc., so again, from the Personal Facts a Romantic Partner Should Know About point of view, it’s not the sort of information one withholds from a (potential) girlfriend. After all, nobody bar HM Secret Service ever tries to be evasive when asked about their job or interests, and if they do that’s a red flag.
          It’s not unusual to meet one’s life partner through a shared hobby or a club. Also, I have known quite a few people to successfully use their work social and networking events as a dating service. Granted, I do work in one of the City’s most incestuous little circuits, so it can be a bit of a double-edged sword…. Just sayin’ πŸ˜‰
          All in all though, you meeting someone through a shared interest in investing would be no different from what people have been doing since the wheel was invented.
          One thing you do need to think through is the logistics of the actual contact. So you’re Pete Jones, or whatever, and we all, being your readership, including Ms Right, are now aware of the fact — great! But how are you going to identify and get in touch with Ms Right? She could email you her photo and bio, I suppose, though I’m not sure how many women would be comfortable being so proactive. If she did, there’d be nothing wrong with that, obviously, and I would follow that particular romance with all the creepiness of an obsessive voyeur. I’m just questioning the size of this self-selected population girlfriend candidates. You did say in the comments a few weeks ago that a chunk of your readership were female… and you did so in response to a comment from someone who claimed she had gotten her first job because she was pretty! πŸ˜€ I was actually going to say something flippant about that, but then decided even a friendly comment in that area could be taken the wrong way and discourage her from engaging again, and that would have made me a troll. And I’m not a troll. Anyway, I restrained myself that time, but it did cross my mind then that your readership could be an untapped pool of eligible bachelorettes πŸ˜€
          How many people do you recon you’d get to meet and sweep of their feet by posting a version of a singles advert on Monevator?
          Also, though I’m sure you’re aware, de-anonymising could up your cyber risk a notch — DOB, mother’s maiden name, town you were born in, first school, name of first pet, favourite food, favourite author, name of your best friend, etc., etc.


          1. Hey, for some reason I missed this extensive comment and thoughts when you first posted it!

            Cheers for taking the time!

            More ups and downs since then, still anonymous.

            Watch this space haha. πŸ™‚

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            1. Thank for stopping by, mate. Haven’t had much time to blog lately, so the only comments I get these days are in my spam folder, from Anna, who obligingly and regularly sends me her intimate photos πŸ˜‰ .
              “Watch this space”, as in, you’re going to finally publish a book and sign your name to it? Or, you’ve met someone and are about to post an article on how to successfully navigate romance and dating as a financially independent publisher of a successful investing blog? *sits up, wags tail and pricks up ears* πŸ˜€


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