Tag Archives : Financial Improvement


A Good Financial Independence Story

One of the things I enjoy doing in my free time is reading about Financial Independence. Stories from people who have already achieved financial independence are of particular interest as it reignited my fire within and keeps me motivated on my own journey. A post I read recently was particularly inspiring. The author, who lives in Toronto Canada, breaks down his life into 11 stages and shows how he built a six figure passive income portfolio before he turned 50. What is particularly great about this post is that the author only started investing in dividend paying stocks later in life. In fact, he made a lot of financial mistakes […]


December Stock Market Purchase – Inverted Yield Curve and Panic

December has been all about the yield curve. The yield curve is a curve on a graph in which the yield of fixed-interest securities is plotted against the length of time they have to run to maturity. A yield curve is almost always upward sloping, a sign that the economy is functioning properly. In short, you would expect interest rates to be higher the greater the length of time of a security. A 10 year bond should have higher interest rates than a 1 year bond in order to tempt buyers to buy longer dated bonds. The yield curve inverts when long-term debt instruments have a lower yield than short-term debt instruments […]


Smartpolak interviews MG

About a year ago, a reader of the site (Pawel) got in touch with me via the contact form on the site. He had just come across the concept of Financial Independence and was intrigued by the concept. Pawel was in touch to say how much he enjoyed this site and had a few specific questions to ask. Ever since them, Pawel and I have been in regular contact with each other. So when he asked me for an interview for his sites smartpolak and smart roman I was only too happy to oblige. Please find the interview below. Enjoy. Let’s start with general question about Money Grower blog. When […]


Four Years of MoneyGrower


November 2018 is a special month. It has been four years since I started the Moneygrower site. I wanted to thank all of you who follow my humble site. I didn’t really expect that I will still be going strong for 4 years in a row. I also never expected that this site will become so popular, with 12,000 – 15,000 monthly views. I also get countless thoughtful emails for which I am grateful for. When I started the site, I had no real knowledge of personal finance. Yes I did a masters in finance degree and worked in both a bank and an accountancy firm. One might think that […]


The Benefits of Financial Freedom (FIRE)

The Financial Freedom Retire Early (FIRE) movement seems to be slowly creeping into mainstream media. Just yesterday, there was an article in the Guardian regarding this. Whilst FIRE getting more mainstream attention is good, I don’t think the world is ready for this movement just as yet. To see what I mean, just go and have a look at the comments section of the Guardian article I mentioned earlier. It looks like the majority of readers simply can’t comprehend the idea of financial freedom. Most of the comments are negative. People want an easy fix to their problems and attaining financial freedom is hard work as you need to save […]


The Mutual Fund Game Is Rigged In The Managers Favour

I have alluded to fees being an antithesis to performance many times over the past few years. Fees are the main reason why index funds outperforms actively managed funds. The following from famed venture capitalist Chris Sacca further cements why fees are an investors worse nightmare and that mutual funds are rigged in the managers favour. Although the comments below are to do with venture capital but it could as well be applied to mutual funds. Have a read and see whether or not you are still comfortable holding your money in a mutual fund. Chris Sacca on Fees: “This is a rigged game, right? And I’m just looking to […]


What Is The Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE) Movement And How To Obtain It 3

Over the past few years, many of you who are interested in personal finance have come across the FIRE movement. This article will help explain what this movement is all about and how you could be one of the people that follow the movement. What is Financial Independence Early Retirement (FIRE)? Financial Independence and Early Retirement, or FIRE for short, refers to achieving a level of passive income that covers all your expenses and spending commitments allowing you to withdraw from the workforce and retire early. Most people who join the movement hate their jobs and thus aim to create a self-sustaining pile of money that let’s them do whatever […]


You Need To Become A Collector Of Cash Generating Assets

If the 1% had a secret it would be this – they focus on collecting assets that generate dividends, interest, rents and royalties. The collect cash generating assets such as patents, movie rights, property ownership, businesses, equities or farmland. On the other hand, the majority of people focus on collecting ‘stuff’. They always buy liabilities instead of assets and wonder why they never get ahead. It’s time to learn the rules of the game. Its time to learn how money works. What you read, watch and fantasise about the rich and what they actually do are two different things. Most people have this erroneous view that the rich splurge without […]


4 Factors To Consider Before Investing In A Consumer Staples Company 1

When Jeremy Siegel and Jeremy Schwartz were doing research for the book The Future for Investors, they wanted to find the best performing stock from the original 1957 version of the S&P 500[i]. What they found wasn’t an exciting technology stock, or a behemoth oil company, but rather a simple consumer stock: cigarette maker Philip Morris (now called Altria Group). What’s more, Siegel and Schwartz found that 11 of the top 20 long-term performers came from the same boring economic sector: consumer staples. And Jeremy Siegels findings were not an outlier. Consumer Staples companies – those that sell essential repeat everyday products such as food, beverages, tobacco and household items […]