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I moved our Pillar 3A accounts to Finpension

Hi dear RIP friends, last week I completed the 3 post series on “trolling a financial advisor”.

The “season finale” was about how not to fall for an Insurance Policy Pillar 3A, and how to identify snake oil salesman tactics.

Today I’m going to show you better alternatives available for your Pillar 3A, and I’m also going to tell you what I’ve done with my and my wife’s Pillar 3As.

Before we even start: I’m not going to tell you yet another time what’s a Pillar 3A, I assume you know about it. This post is probably only useful for Swiss residents, so if you’re not living and, more importantly, paying taxes in Switzerland see you on Monday January 4th, 2021 for the first MLJ 😉

Enjoy!

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Trolling my first “Financial Advisor” Part 3 of 3 – Insurance Policy Pillar 3AB

Hi RIP Friends,

This is the third and last post in a short three posts series about my experience with a Financial Advisor.

Your can read first post here, where I explained how I was cold contacted by her assistant on LinkedIn, and what happened during our first 1h-long video call.

You can also read the second post here, where I analyzed the two Structured Notes that she thought would have been the perfect investments for a risk averse person like “me”.

In this third post we’ll take a look at her final weapon: a Pillar 3A/B with a linked Insurance Policy.

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Trolling my first “Financial Advisor” Part 2 of 3 – Structured Notes

Hi RIP Friends,

This is the second post in a short three posts series about my experience with a Financial Advisor. Your can read first post here, where I explained how I was cold contacted on LinkedIn, and what happened during our first 1h-long video call.

The Advisor sent two Structured Notes factsheets to me few weeks after our call.

I won’t tell you much about my conversation with the Advisor like I did in the previous post, it wasn’t a deep conversation. I showed my perplexities to the Advisor in our follow-up meeting and she quickly moved on trying to sell my the next crappy product, the Insurance Policy Pillar 3A/B that we’ll see in next chapter.

I kind of regret having been so direct with her in this second meeting. I would have loved to see the Prospect documents, shame on me for not having gone for it. This post would have been much richer if I had gone close to sign a concrete proposal.

Anyway, I how you enjoy this deep analysis of the Structured Products I’ve ben offered.

Have fun, and let’s get started! 🙂

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(Bi)Weekly Learning Journal 10 (7/12/2020)

Hi RIP readers, welcome to the LAST RIP (Bi)Weekly Learning Journal.

Yeah, I know… all the good things must come to an end, live with that!

I’m killing (B)WLJ…

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Trolling my first “Financial Advisor” Part 1 of 3 – First Contact

Hi RIP friends,

I got contacted by a financial advisor via LinkedIn out of the blue three months ago. We interacted for a while, and I’m now ready to share this experience with you: the why, the how, and the what (crappy products) they tried to sell me.

To keep things manageable I’ve split this post in three parts. In the first part (this post) I’ll show you their approach, their analysis of my finances, and their marketing tactics. In the Second part we will take a closer look at the first crappy products (Structured Notes) they wanted to sell me. In the third and final part we will destroy the second crappy product (an Insurance based Pillar 3A-3B) they wanted to sell me.

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I have a Dream: RIP Coworking!

Hi RIP Readers, today it’s a quick one.

Every single day I pass in front of an empty office in my neighborhood (Zurich Albisrieden/Altstetten) which is on lease since a couple of months. It’s an amazing 80-100sqm office space with a bathroom, at a reasonable price that can probably be negotiated down a bit.

I can’t get rid of this weird desire to renting it, and starting a kind of Coworking space. What an amazing idea for a Covid winter, right? 😀 

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(Bi)Weekly Learning Journal 9 (23/11/2020)

Hi RIP readers,

welcome to the RIP (Bi)Weekly Learning Journal.

“Whaaaat?? Not two but THREE consecutive WLJ posts? Ok guys, goodbye, unsubscribe, unfollow, ciao RIP, this blog is gone!”

Wait! I know, I know I’ve been a bit absent lately, but I got some news.

“Good news or bad news?”

I hope it’s good news for you 🙂

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(Bi)Weekly Learning Journal 8 (9/11/2020)

Hi RIP readers,

welcome to the RIP (Bi)Weekly Learning Journal.

Yeah, it happened: two consecutive WLJ episodes… switching to a biweekly format didn’t help 🙂

Does that mean I’m slacking off? Not interested in writing amazing content anymore?

Absolutely not! I’ve been exceptionally busy with work and family, and all my extra time went into studying my “One Platform to rule them all”, i.e. Roam Research.

So I’ve not been relaxing, do not worry.

And yes, I know I’m behind with comments and emails. I will reply to each one of you, promised.

Next episode on Monday November 23th 🙂

Enjoy!

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(Bi)Weekly Learning Journal 7 (26/10/2020)

Hi RIP readers,

welcome to the RIP (Bi)Weekly Learning Journal.

As you can see the series is diverging from Money and FIRE, and it reflects the direction in which I’m steering my input feeds. I hope you like it.

Next episode on Monday November 9th 🙂

Enjoy!

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The Problem with small, EU Domiciled ETFs

Hi RIP readers,

I’m trying to simplify my investments.

I want to get rid of some of the irrelevant ETFs I purchased in the past years, especially in the bonds area, and I want to focus on few core ETFs (global bonds, global stocks). Plus maybe some small bets to add a personal touch to the strategy. Some small cap, value, dividend… I like the idea of factor investing. Anyway, my strategy is still a bit fuzzy, I’m not focusing on that at the moment and it’s not the topic of this post.

Under the umbrella of “simplifying my portfolio”, a month ago I entered a couple of GTC (Good-Til-Canceled) Limit Sell Orders on Interactive Brokers for the ETFs I wanted to get rid of, with limit prices I was happy with.

I know that “I will sell when the price reaches X” is not a good strategy, don’t yell at me.

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