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How to read 6 books in a month?

In the last post I shared with you the information about one of the metrics I measure each month. It is the number of books I have read. I wrote that in April I finished 6 books. It means that on average I was taking a new book from the shelf every fifth day. To be honest, a few years ago I could not even imagine achieving something even close to this.

Maybe I know some great ways of finishing the books quickly. Can I use speed reading technique? No.

Am I unemployed and spend all of my time on reading?

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Habits as the way to change life – Summary of April 2019

The new cycle on this blog

I wrote in the About page on this website that the focus of this blog might include other areas than stock market investing. I decided to share with you some interesting aspects of my life which I hope will help me getting closer to achieve my goals. This new cycle of posts is about my summary of a month.

It will also give value to me as it will help me to monitor the changes in my life. I hope it will give you some potential inspiration to test new ideas in life.

Small steps

I have been working on improving my life for some time already. I decided to implement some habits and things I do regularly to improve the quality of my life.

Why I share these things online. I know that sharing it with larger public will make more resistant to break my habits / things I work on.

Meditation
27/30 days in April
Current streak: 27 days

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My portfolio for 2018

Welcome in the year 2018. The year 2017 was very good in the financial markets. The developed markets were growing steadily with S&P500, Nasdaq and British FTSE100 growing respectively +19.96%, +28.86% and +8.55%.

The emerging markets outpaced the developed markets with Argentinian Marvel raising +77.62%, Turkish XU100 +47.60%, Indian Sensex +27.91% and Polish WIG20 +26.35%. Results of those markets are even better if we refer them to one currency – for example Polish PLN gained +16.84% to the US Dollar in the year 2017.

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2018 forecast for stock markets, commodities and currencies

As many institutions are playing to be a forecaster, I also have decided to give it a try. I will have a look at currencies, stock markets and commodities prices in 2018.

 

Currencies and cryptocurrencies

In my opinion US dollar plummeted too much in the last year. Raising interest rates and possible repatriation of money by American companies, caused by lowered tax rate, will strength the dollar. Also British Pound will finally grow slightly. The currency which I underweight is Euro.

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All You Need to Know About My Real Portfolio on the WSE – Summary After 4 Years

4 years of investing on the Warsaw Stock Exchange

Time flies quickly. I remember publishing a post about the results of 3.5 years of investing and now we have another half a year in my investing history. Let’s have a look at those 4 years. My real wallet on the Warsaw Stock Exchange gained +120.57%, which gives +21.87% annually.

The first year 05.2013-04.2014 ended up with a result +22.39%

The second year 05.2014-04.2015 ended up with a result +19.49%

The third year 05.2015-04.2016 ended up with a result +12.29%

The fourth year 05.2016-04.2017 ended up with a result +34.90%
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How to make your employer pay for your holidays?

holiday paid by your employerWhat can you get?

Many employers offer a contribution to your retirement plan. In the US it is called a work sponsored 401(k), in the UK it is a personal pension plan – PPP.

How does it work and why use it?

  • tax relief – money goes to your personal pension plan or 401(k) account before you pay tax from them,

  • your employer’s contribution – extra money you receive from your employer to your retirement plan if you decide to save your money for retirement.

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