14# My Monthly Financial Independence Update

The Quick Takeaways

This month savings rate: 0 %

Passive Yearly Income (5 % withdrawal with taxes): 16.800 DKK (2550 $)

% Change since last month: 0 %  

So What The F*** Happen This Month

  • 1 Month till I leave for Indonesia
  • Got a mobile again (sadly)
  • Leaving for Croatia

Clock is Ticking

The airplane ticket is booked for the 29th of October.

That means there is less than a month till I will be leaving my home country Denmark. In order to sail and dive my ass off down in the pacific ocean for 10 months.

There was a little misunderstanding between mOcean and I. They had me booked two months onshore, so that I could go for the diving instructor education. But I had to pay it out of my own pocket. Which is an expensive education, and I don’t know if I will ever use the instructor role again.

The schedule will look something like this:

November & December 2019:

I will be joining Orbit (the boat) in Sorong, Indonesia. In order to learn everything about the boat from Mathias who is the captain now.

Sabrina (the diving instructor onboard) is going to up my game as a diver. And making sure that I have 80 dives in a safely manner.

January & February 2020

For now I think that I will go to Boracay in the Philippines. They have an awesome fighting club, where I can live and train brazilian jiu jitsu for only 500 $/month. And it is not to far away from Carmen Bay, where I’m going to jump back onboard on the boat. Hopefully a friend from my BJJ club will come and join me.

March to September 2020

I’m going to get the title as the captain of Orbit, along with my friend Sabrina which is going to be the diving instructor onboard.

We will be diving, and do a bit of sailing in the Philippines before we hit back to Indonesia again where Kasper and Anders will take the boat for more adventures.

My dad has just booked a trip on the boat. So he will be along for the last two months of the trip, which I’m super stoked about! Thanks for that dad!

Call or Text Me!

So the other day my sister gave me her old phone. (Thanks Luna!)

I can already feel how much time I end up spending on it. Which is a pity. But when I’m going to be in asia for 10 months, I find it a bit nice to have a mobile phone along with me.

Inorder for me to think it is nice to get a phone again, I think that you should be able to contact my directly on that. Call or text me if you have questions on FIRE or just want to say Hi!

My number is +45 71792322

Hallo Split!

I sit in my room in Split, Croatia writing this blog post.

We are 13 people down here from Oure Folk Highschool. In order to learn how to manoeuvre bigger boats.

Tomorrow we will onboard three boats. One 45 foot, and two 48 foot Jeanneau Sun Odyssey from 2014. Which is going to be awesome. I don’t think I have ever sailed so new boats before!

13# My Monthly Financial Independence Update

The Quick Takeaways

This month savings rate: 0 %

Passive Yearly Income (5 % withdrawal with taxes): 16.500 DKK (2500 $)

% Change since last month: 5 %  (26.000 DKK / 3.800 $)

So What The F*** Happen This Month

  • I have stopped leveraging my stocks
  • Competing at my first BJJ competition
  • Simplifying my monthly updates

Quitting My Leverage

The main reason for why I’m quitting my leverage is the following:

Be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others a fearful.

Warren Buffett

But isn’t that market timing Loui?! You might think.

Sort of. The thing is I can feel I start worrying about having 200.000 DKK (32.000 $) of leverage, while I’m not earning any money. I fear going away for my sailing trip, and during that period a recession will hit. Then I need to pay attention to my portfolio while I’m in the middle of paradise. Which is not something I strive for.

The other things is that I have had +30 % ROI this year which is the equivalent of earning + 100.000 DKK ( 18.000 $). So instead of being greedy when things are going great, I start to worry.

Then Nordnet has turned up the rates from 1 % to 2 % for their investments loan. Which is also something I dislike. They could suddenly turn the rate from 2 % to 5 % while the stock market plunge. That would be a risk I was willing to take if I had a job. But not know where I don’t have any steady income.

I’m not completely done with leveraging, but until I have a new job there won’t be any leverage.

BJJ Competition in Dublin

I have found a new love for a sport named Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

My old coworker Steffen broad me along for class after I got kicked out from the national team in rowing. I never thought that a martial art would be something I would find fun. But I’m madly in love with this new sport.

I love it because it gives your ego a reality check. Whenever you feel that you are getting better, there is one who is better than you, whooping your ass.

In BJJ you don’t kick or punch each other. You try to choke, or “break” an arm or a leg. And because of that we are sparring 100 % at each training session. Which is super fun.

Last weekend I went for my first competition in Dublin. Despite losing my two fights, I thought it was fun, and I have learned a lot.

Monthly Updates – Less is More

I have decided to give the monthly updates a little brush up.

The only “quick takeaways” there will be is the very essential ones.

This Month Savings Rate: Is how big of percentage of my salary I have saved. Since I’m not working at the moment, I’m not able to save anything.

Passive Yearly Income: Is the amount I’m able to take out of my portfolio yearly. I think the 4% rule is quiet conservative. And that’s I why I have chosen to go for a 5 % withdrawal rate. And then I subtract 33 % to taxes. It is a very arbitrary number, since our taxation system in denmark is quiet complex.

The equation would look something like this.

(Total Portfolio Value x 0,05) x 0,66 = Passive Yearly Income

Change Since Last Month: Is how much the portfolio is up or down since last month.

12# My Monthly Financial Independence Update

The Quick Takeaways

This month savings rate: 0 %

This month leverage: 0 %

Rolling savings rate since February 2016: 50 %

Total value of portfolio: 725.000 DKK (109.000 $)

Years worth of annual expenses: 7.59

% Change since last month: -2,6 %  (- 19.000 DKK / – 2.900 $)

Numbers are in thousands.

So What The F*** Happen This Month

  • One year anniversary for Wannabe Walden
  • Back at the folk high school
  • “Dad” approved skipper
  • Stock market decrease

One Year of Blogging

I can’t believe that one year has passed so fast.

And lots of (surprising) things has happened since I started.

It is always fun to see the start of an action to where we are now through some stats. I love numbers, so why not try to make some awesome graphs.

Monthly chart of my portfolio. Numbers is in thousands DKK.

The chart above is a summarize of my 12 months of financial independence updates.

Stocks, is shares I have bought with my own money.

Appreciation, is the price of the funds that I have bought accumulated.

Cash, is my cash holding at a 3 % savings account.

Leverage, is money I have borrowed in order to invest.

As you can tell my portfolio has grown 200.000 DKK (30.000 $) since I started this blog. Which is an awesome development. Unfortunately that growth is not going to continue since I’m not working at the moment.

My investment strategy from here will be whenever the market drops a significant amount, I’m going to spend some of my cash holding in order to hit my old “all time high”.

Visitors at WannabeWalden

6.600 people has visited the blog

16.000 pages has been seen by those visitors!

And I’m very grateful for those numbers, thanks to all of you guys who finds my writing interesting (and hopefully inspirational)

Back At Oure Folk High School

I have just joined the next course here on Oure folk high school, which is named:

Pro Skipper

On this course they teach us how to become a captain on a boat. And makes sure that everything goes smooth. Right from the mechanics of the boat, to the mood of the guests on board.

I’m eager to learn more!!!

The last weekend my dad, sister and I sailed my dads boat home from Stege – Møn to Svanemøllen – Copenhagen. And that is where my dad official said to me that I’m allowed to take the boat by myself.

That is a huge honor when he says that. Because I know how much he concerns about the boat, and me for that matter. So a big shout out to my dad for trusting me as a captain.

Stock Market Decrease

So the market dropped a couple of percentages the last day. Which doesn’t concern me at all. The only thing that irritates me is that I don’t have too much cash to throw into the market if it really tanks.

I have just made a payment on 26.000 DKK (4.000 $) for the next three months on the school. Which could be the last money I spent this year. From november will I be on the boat in the pacifics and not having any expenses from there.

Which means my 2019 expenses will be about 80.000 DKK (12.000 $). And that will be a record low for me.

11# My Monthly Financial Independence Update

The Quick Takeaways

This month savings rate: 0 %

This month leverage: 0 %

Rolling savings rate since February 2016: 49 %

Total value of portfolio: 744.000 DKK (119.000 $)

Years worth of annual expenses: 6.55

% Change since last month: 4,2 %  (+ 30.000 DKK / + 4.500 $)

So What The F*** Happen This Month

  • Working as a sailing instructor at Oure Summer
  • No salary
  • Booming stock market
  • My first sponsor

The Ocean as an Office

For the last week I have been working as a sailing instructor here at Oure schools.

It is a deal they give us when we sign-up for their “Pro-Skipper” course on the folk high school. If we want to they offer us three weeks of work, so that the course become cheaper.

They pay us 5.700 DKK (950 $) for a week. Which is about half the money that I would earn as a building constructor in a week. So money wise it is a pretty shitty deal. And I think I would have a hard time finding some building construction work for a single month.

But is super fun. I don’t see it as work. Everyday we get a new team who has little to no sailor experience. Sailing with a bunch of people who has never been on a boat before is quiet demanding. I can’t relax for 1 minute, because they don’t have a qlue of what they are doing.

I would love to work even more as a sailing instructor, even if it means earning half of what I would as a building constructor. Swapping the cafeteria out with the dock is priceless.

Earning 4.500 $ With No Job

This is the very first time since I was 16 years old (12 years) that I didn’t make any money. And it is also the first time in 5 years that I didn’t buy any stock shares in a month.

I had some pretty serious expenses last month:

  • Buying an airplane ticket to Sardinia
  • One month of rent in my apartment in Copenhagen

And that ended up costing me 1.400 $.

Even though I managed to spent 1.400 $, my networth still increased 4.500 $. Which I think is insane. If I hadn’t spent that money, my networth would have increased with almost 6.000 $, while doing nothing for it.

I don’t think it is unusual that people have 10 fold of what I have in their portfolio. And those people would probably have made 50-60.000 $ last month.

But is important to remind yourself about that too shall pass, and bad times will come as well.

The strategy from here is I’m going to buy stock shares when my portfolio is lower than the all time high.

So if my portfolio drops from 119.000 $ to 116.000 $ in month, I will buy for 3.000 $ shares.

My First Blog Post Sponsor

Thanks to Finimize for being the very first sponsor of a blog post.

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10# My Monthly Financial Independence Update

The Quick Takeaways

This month savings rate: 55 %

This month leverage: 0 %

Rolling savings rate since February 2016: 53 %

Total value of portfolio: 714.000 DKK (107.500 $)

Years worth of annual expenses: 4.94

% Change since last month: -0,9 %  (- 7.000 DKK / – 1000 $)

So What The F*** Happen This Month

  • Last salary just checked in
  • Extending my sailor school
  • (Almost) No work until September 2020

Last Paycheck

It is now three month since I got fired from my job. Which means that I’m official on my mini retirement.

With no income, these monthly updates might end up being a bit different. I won’t have no additional money to save and invest. But I do have a cash reserve I can use.

What Can I Do With No Money?

I will focus on two things in this period where I don’t make any additional money.

I’m going to throw money in my portfolio whenever it is lower than the previous month. So if my portfolio is 107.5000 $ and it drops to 106.000 $, I will buy for 1.500 $ in order to get the value up to the previous high.

Second I can focus on my spending. If I spend less than what I currently do, I can bring my “Years Worth of Annual Expense” down. Which has been fluctuating a bit too much lately.

Nothing But Sailing

The next 16 months I’m going to do nothing but sailing.

I have just extended my stay here at the school because I got an offer I couldn’t refuse. That means I will go here all the way up to the point where I go to Indonesia and the Philippines to sail.

I do have to do some work. But it is three weeks here at the school as a sailing instructor for people who have never sailed before. And I really don’t see that as work. More like a better way for me to improve as a skipper.

I will go to these following places during this mini retirement:

  1. Sicily / Italy – 7 days
  2. Split / Croatia – 9 days
  3. Indonesia – 4 months
  4. Philippines – 6 months

Blog Posts This Month

Guest Post at Projecthandmade.dk

Go Small. Go Far. Go Now.

9# My Monthly Financial Independence Update

The Quick Takeaways

This month savings rate: 59 %

This month leverage: 0 %

Rolling savings rate since February 2016: 55 %

Total value of portfolio: 721.000 DKK (108.500 $)

Years worth of annual expenses: 6.07

% Change since last month: 3,7 %  (+ 26.000 DKK / + 3900 $)

So What The F*** Happen This Month

  • Savings rate is back to something that seems normal
  • Years worth of annual expense is up again
  • Rolling savings rate has gone up 4%

Two Months of Mini Retirement

I’m two months into my mini retirement.

The first month went by with having a good time in Copenhagen.

Having a good time equals:

  • Seeing friends and family
  • Drinking (too much) beers
  • Renovating my dad’s (and my boat)
  • Doing some brazilian jiu jitsu

One Month of Folk High School

The first month of being at this new school where I would like to improve my sailing skills is gone.

And boy, there is a lot of impressions by being here.

I have already improved my sailing a lot by being here. Everything I know about sailing is something my dad has taught me. My dad is an awesome teacher, but I enjoy learning stuff from other people too. (I have already learned my dad something)

I do feel a bit old though. A lot of the people on this school is between 18-21 years. Which I feared would be an issue for me. Since I’m 28. Everybody is super nice, but I do get tired of playing beer pong third weekend in a row.

Even though I would like to sail more than we do at the moment. I would encourage everyone to try a folk high school (especially for foreigners). It is an awesome opportunity to gain a new skills fast, in a super cosy way where you meet many awesome people.

I pay 6000 DKK/month (900 $) for being here. Which is cheaper than if I just had my regular life back in Copenhagen. I have become a better sailor, awesome and organic food is cooked for us three times a day. And we do not have to do the dishes. It is a huge luxury to be here.

Blog Posts This Month

7 Benefits of Not Having a Mobile

School Project Video on FIRE

8# My Monthly Financial Independence Update

The Quick Takeaways

This month savings rate: 0 %

This month leverage: 0 %

Rolling savings rate since February 2016: 51 %

Total value of portfolio: 695.000 DKK (104.300 $)

Years worth of annual expenses: 4.87

% Change since last month: 3,2 % 

So What The F*** Happen This Month

I manage to save absolutely no money this month.

Which is catastrophic to some of the parameters I use.

I didn’t manage to save anything because I have signed up for a sailing folk high school. Where I’m going to stay for the next 3 months.

Yes – I did manage to go from 102.600 $ to 104.300 $ without doing anything. This can still amaze me.

But!

My rolling savings rate from February 2016 to this date went from:

58 % to 51 %.

YIKES! It dropped 7 % because I had one month without saving.

And my years worth of annual expenses dropped from:

6.42 to 4.87.

YIKES YIKES YIKES!

Last month I would be able to live almost 7 years from now. And this month I’m only able to live 5 years from this date. (Including my leverage)

BECAUSE OF ONE MONTH!

While it does bother me a. I probably won’t have expenses like this in the future. So it doesn’t make to much sense to include a month like this in my calculations. But I will. It gives me some motivation to save more.

The Reason Why I’m Deleveraging

As the avid reader might knows. I’m not going one but two mini retirements. Said in another way. In 2019 and 2020 I’m going to take 13 months off from work.

First I’m going to a folk high school to sail and have a good time.

And then I’m going to Indonesia and the Philippines to sail again.

This means that I won’t make any money for a couple of months.

Worrying about my leverage while I’m cruising on some of the most exotic oceans in the world, is one of the last things I want to do. If I had the guts, it could probably make sense in the long run (20+ years from now) to leverage more now. But I’m prioritizing peace of mind higher than my portfolio at this stage.

I’m going to keep the leverage I have now. But I will be investing normal, and this means my stock allocation will go up, while my leverage will stay at 200.000 DKK.

+200 European FIRE Blogs

The other day FIREHUB.eu reached out to me.

They wanted to ask me if I wanted to be a part of their site. And I immediately said yes!

FIREHUB have collected +200 european FIRE blogs on one single page.

Including different podcasts, meetups and the list goes on. What they all have in common is that they are from europe.

I would love to meet up with some people outside of Denmark. So it is definitely a site I’m going to keep my eyes on.

Blog Posts This Month

Guest Post – Route2FI

The Minimalistic Way of: Pancakes

Why I Love Going Backward

The Shop Shelves Mentality

Ahoy! Mini Retirement In Sight!

7# My Monthly Financial Independence Update

The Quick Takeaways

This month savings rate: 56 %

This month leverage: 0 %

Rolling savings rate since February 2016: 58 %

Total value of portfolio: 673.000 DKK (102.600 $)

Years worth of annual expenses: 6.42

% Change since last month: 3,2 % 

So What The F*** Happen This Month

Big things happen this month.

Both good and bad.

I need to reevaluate on how I’m going to write about it.

But I will write about it, that is for sure!

So stay tuned for some juicy blog posts the coming period.

Not Leveraging

One of the (well maybe two) things that happen to me this month made me stop leveraging. Not that I will ever do it in the nearest future. But as things are right now, I will not be doing it.

What I’m going to do is deleverage a little bit. Not that I’m going to pay off my debts. But I will keep the amount on 200.000 DKK (30.000 $) that I have now. And then invest regular in my stocks. By doing that. My stock allocation should increase a bit each month (if the market stays >0%) which means that my 200.000 DKK will be smaller compared to my stock allocation.

I will tell you why I’m doing that in later blog post.

The First 100.000 $ is a Bitch

Believe it or not.

That is a quote from the famous Charlie Munger. He said it in the book Charlie Munger: The Complete investor.

This month I managed to cross that line.

Yes – I still have some debt. But the debt that I have should be working for me, and not against. I’m still young, and that kind of debt is peanuts against to what I can earn in the nearest future.

And statistics says that if I just leave for a long enough time, it will benefit me.

The first $100,000 is a bitch, but you gotta do it. I don’t care what you have to do—if it means walking everywhere and not eating anything that wasn’t purchased with a coupon, find a way to get your hands on $100,000. After that, you can ease off the gas a little bit.

Charlie Munger

CPH FIRE MEETUP

Is going down this week.

I can feel as the date come closer, the more nervous/excited I get.

But it is a feeling I’m completely familiar with, because of my rowing.

If you want to participate read the details in the last 6# My Monthly Financial Independence Update.

Blog Posts This Month

My Wife Doesn’t Like FIRE?! Answered by Jacob Lund Fisker

I Will Work Till I Die

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6# My Monthly Financial Independence Update

The Quick Takeaways

This month savings rate: 59 %

This month leverage: 55 %

Rolling savings rate since February 2016: 56 %

Total value of portfolio: 652.000 DKK (99.600 $)

Years worth of annual expenses: 6.4

% Change since last month: 10,5 % 

So What The F*** Happen This Month

The stock market has been REALLY gentle to me.

Allmost to gentle.

It worries me a bit. It is kind of to good to be true.

I made more money with my investments, than I did at my job.

And a 10,5 % change since last month is just insane.

Less Leverage

Because the market has taken such a huge jump. I have not invested that much this month. In order to stick to my 10 % cash allocation. The other months I have been leveraging 100 % no matter what the market did. This means if had saved 10.000 DKK I would borrow another 10.000 DKK. But that does not mean that I will invest all of 20.000 DKK. If the market had gone no where, I would invest 18.000 DKK and keep 2000 DKK in my cash cushion in order to be in 90 % equities, and 10 % cash.

This month I had to throw more than 10 % of what I have saved in order to keep my 10 % cash allocation. I managed to save about 13.000 DKK, and I needed to keep about half of that it in order to hit my cash allocation. I just think it would be absurd to keep 6.500 DKK in cash, but still be investing 19.500 DKK with the majority of the invested money being leverage.

I have only leveraged 100 % with the money that I did transfer to my investment account. Which was about 7.500 DKK. And that’s why my leverage is less than 100 % this month.

If I can keep my leverage at about 40 % or less, my rate of the loan will then only be about 1 %. If I’m between 40-60 % leveraged, I will pay 2 % in annual fees. And if I move above 60 % I will pay 7 %.

OUCH! I have no intention to do that.

My January Challenge

I tried to start 2019 with a little challenge.

A challenge where I tried to spend less than 1000 $ dollars for a month. And I failed. But what ended up as an average month (with about 60 % savings rate). Could have been quiet catastrophic I hadn’t had a laser focus on how I spent my money.

CPH FIRE MEETUP

I have finally got everything in order for the FIRE Meetup in Copenhagen.

It will take place in my rowing club (Roforeningen KVIK) the 8/3/2019 at 6 PM. Everybody is welcome so feel free to join.

The concept is that there will be a pizza waiting for you at 6 PM for the price of 100 DKK. I know, a pizza doesn’t cost 100 DKK, but the remaining money will be donated to The Ocean Cleanup. It was a demand from my rowing club that I needed to raise some money for charity, if I should borrow the club for free.

So MobilePay me 100 DKK to 25400183 if you would like to attend the meetup.

There will be some keynote people at the event.

Jacob Lund Fisker from earlyretirementextreme.com is going to be there. He is quite famous in this community. He is visiting some family in Denmark, and I convinced him to swing by our little meetup.

Then we have Pernille Wahlgren. She is not a typical FIRE lady. But she has made herself financial independent in relative young age, by investing in stocks. She is also getting quiet famous at the moment. With her “live & think freely” concept. Which I like. She runs the page PernilleWahlgren.Dk

And we will also have Sanne Fehmerling Kristiansen. Who runs the site passivindkomst.nu. Her concept is trying to make her whole family financial independent through passive investments.

I know all of these people from documentary made about FIRE from Danmarks Radio. It was called “Stå Af Hamsterhjulet” (Quit the Rat Race). And is definitely worth to watch.

Blog Posts This Month

Challenge: Live Below 1000 $

1# Update: Sub 1000 $

2# Update: Sub 1000 $

3# and Final Update: Sub 1000 $

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5# My Monthly Financial Independence Update

The Quick Takeaways

This month savings rate: 55 %

This month leverage: 140 %

Rolling savings rate since February 2016: 55 %

Total value of portfolio: 590.000 DKK (90.000 $)

Years worth of annual expenses: 5.8

% Change since last month: 0 % 

So What The F*** Happen This Month

The stock market has not been friendly this december month (if you are selling). I’m still trying to fund 20 times my annual expenses, and this mean that a market drop is quiet lucrative for me. When the market is down, I’m able to buy more shares with the same amount of money.

Since last month I have gone absolutely nowhere. Except for having more leverage. As the avid reader might see, this is the first time ever I have leveraged more than 100 %. I have done that because I would like to end up the same place as last month. And not have a decline in my portfolio. This is a strategy slightly inspired by Dollar-Value-Average. I could write an entire blog post about that strategy, so you will get a brief one now.

Dollar Value Average

Dollar-Value-Average is where we decide what amount our portfolio is going to rise + interest, and then we need to hit that target every month. For simplicity, let’s just say that we would like to raise our portfolio with 100 $/month. Then the following months would look like this:

  1. = 100 $
  2. = 200 $
  3. = 300 $
  4. .. And so on

If the market goes up, and we have 120 $ at the start of the second month, we will only invest 80 $, because we would like to hit that target of 200 $. If the market is down at the start of the 3rd month, and we only have 180 $, we will then invest 120 $ to reach our 300 $ target.

That strategy is called Dollar-Value-Average. It is a simple method, of buying more when the market is down, and buying less when the market goes up.

And that is what I have done this month. I have leveraged more, in order to stay at the same level as last month.

2018 and my savings rate

This is how my year looked like according to my savings rate:

  • January = 30 %
  • February = 65 %
  • March = 48 %
  • April = 55 %
  • May = 53 %
  • June = 75 %
  • July = 73 %
  • September = 19%
  • October = 51 %
  • November = 67 %
  • December = 55 %
  • Average = 59 %

I had a higher savings rate in 2017 where I managed to save 62 %. So I’m not completely satisfied with “only” saving 59 % this year. In 2016 I didn’t have student loan payments, that could be the answer to a slightly lower savings rate.

My goal for 2019 will be to save above 66 %. It will be tough, but manageable.

Blog Post This Month

Here are the following post I managed to write this month:

Fire and Water

I Have a Dream!

Quit The Rate Race

A Wuss-Entrepreneur

How Did You Do?

Did you come one step closer to become financial independent? Let me hear about it in the comments!