Investing in Japan Archive

A weekend with my spendypants friends

Monday was a holiday here in Japan, and I spent the weekend with a bunch of friends. The 4 families involved found an airbnb house to rent close to the beach, and spent three days there. It

The frustrations of trying to open a NISA account in Japan

As soon as we got back to Japan, I’ve tried to set our financial situation straight here. My most urgent task was to set up investment accounts for my wife and kids (NISA and Junior NISA respectively).

Revising my target

Now that we’re back in Japan, we’re pretty much in what I consider as the last phase of our “pre FI” journey. Some days I feel we’re safe with a significant safety margin, others I’ll go back

Fighting gravity

A few months ago, I became what I like to call “KoFI” (kind of financially independent): our household reached the “target” amount of investments at which I don’t need my job anymore (for money): our expenses are

How many millionaires in Japan?

Financial success is always, at its core, a comparison game. I’m sure many people in the financial blogosphere google, if not for themselves, for people in their group, to understand where they stand in the wealth pyramid.

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

My FI target keeps evading me

So, I might have mentioned a few times now that I plan to move back to Japan with my family, and start our early retirement there, at some point. As a result, our target budget is defined

The one financial fear that keeps me awake at night (for real)

People on the path to financial independence all have worries that their plan “might not work”. It’s easy to lose your trust in the 4% rule, or to think your portfolio is not as ideal as it

Can you stay the course in a market correction?

As I type these words, the Stock Market is in “contraction territory”, or what is known as a correction, 10% below its recent high. In my own portfolio, the effect is quite devastating: my net worth is

A comparison of the cost of living in Japan and the US

Comparing the cost of life in two countries is usually a moot point: The choices people make in a given city vary greatly depending on many factors, and the prices in a given country can dramatically change