Brexit and stocks: The only way is up?

Brexit hit the market pretty hard yesterday. For people like me who invest in index funds (i.e. for the vast majority in US companies) but use the Japanese Yen as their target (I plan to move back

Trying to retire early? You must be broken somewhere…

Something broke in me, sometimes in the past few months or years. I used to genuinely enjoy the work I was doing at my company, and now, I have to admit, I really couldn’t care less about

Can Personal Capital work with expats?

I recently created an account on Personal Capital based on the terrific reviews these guys are getting on the personal finance blogosphere. (Note: I’m not completely blind, personal capital links on blogs, including mine now, are affiliate

What the DotA video game taught me about money and investments

For those of you who don’t know the video game DotA, here’s a quick summary, from Wikipedia: Defense of the Ancients (DotA) is a multiplayer online battle arena game. The scenario objective is for each team to

LOL, Vanguard

Something in between an ad and an informative email landed in my inbox this morning, from Vanguard. It recommended I save 5% or more of my income for retirement. Fire Up your Retirement A key ingredient to

In the US, people get paid to get rid of their trash!

Well, kind of. In Japan, selling used stuff is pretty much unheard of. It actually costs money to get rid of most of your stuff, in particular bulky items. Back when I was living in Tokyo, I

Heads up: The latter phase of your path to Financial independence is pretty boring

2014 and 2015 have been extremely exciting for me in terms of financial independence goals. I’ve created this blog to hold myself accountable, and worked on reducing our family’s expenses on as many levels as possible: no

Is it cheaper to make your own bread with a breadmaker?

Since we moved to the US, my wife has grown extremely suspicious of some of the food we buy. Bread in particular. She has this thing against high fructose corn syrup… well, I won’t get into details,

The sum of everything I own on this Earth cost me less than your next car

When my family and I moved from Japan to the US as part of my relocation for work, we had to go through an interesting exercise: making an inventory of everything we wanted to ship with us

Should I swallow my pride?

Earlier this week I blogged about my current work situation, and how much I hate the job. I’m in a very stressful position right now, because the current project demands it, and my manager wants to get