A few days ago I wrote in a forum that a real estate investment (rent a house for example) is a passive investment.
This statement has triggered a series of unpleasant comments to me.
Many argued that a real estate investment was not entirely passive
What does “passive income” mean?
I work 40 hours a week. If I count travel, I spend 30 minutes to go to work and another 30 to go home. At least two days a week I have to go to customers so instead of 60 minutes I have about 180 minutes. So travel is about 9 hours a week
Often I have to do unpaid overtime say on average 3 hours a week.
This is the time I spend at work:
Ordinary work 40 per week
Trave 9 hours per week
Extraordinary 3 hours
Total 52 hours per week
I do not think my situation is different from that of many of you.
But if you have for example 4 houses with a rent of 500 euros per month.
How long will it take for managing your business? 8 hours a month for each house? 16 hours a month for each house?
So from my point of view a real estate investment is passive.because the time I waste is very small
Probably things would improve if instead of real estate I had an investment of ETF and apply a strategy “Buy and hold”.
In this case, probably the wasted time ta would be a few hours a month.
From my point of view, financial independence means making money work for you in order to free up enough time to be happier so a real estate investment could be a choice
Lifestyle inflation refers to increasing one’s spending when income goes up. Lifestyle inflation tends to continue each time someone gets a raise, making it perpetually difficult to get out of debt, save for retirement or meet other big-picture financial goals. Lifestyle inflation is what causes people to get stuck in the rat race of working just to pay the bills.
BREAKING DOWN ‘Lifestyle Inflation’
Lifestyle inflation typically occurs when one goes from being a student to a full-time employee. Despite getting by on very little money as a student and skimping on everything from rent to groceries to nights on the town, once that first big paycheck arrives, things that were once luxuries become “necessities”, and spending increases significantly. Sharing a two-bedroom apartment with three other roommates to keep housing and utility expenses down suddenly seems unacceptable, and you go out and lease a one-bedroom apartment in which you will live alone. Riding a bicycle is no longer seen as a fast and convenient alternative to walking or taking the bus; instead, you need a $20,000 car. Lifestyle inflation causes us to live paycheck to paycheck, make the minimum payments on our credit cards, and not have any cash to fall back on when an unforeseen setback like a medical bill or job loss arises.
People can avoid lifestyle inflation by consciously establishing spending and saving amounts. An automated savings plan can be a good way to ensure that savings goals are met and spending is capped. Avoiding lifestyle inflation can mean achieving financial independence at a younger age, having the financial flexibility to choose a dream job over a higher-paying option, and retiring early.
These days I’m on vacation at the beach at Caorle a nice place near Venice. The sea is always a source of inspiration. So I started thinking about what I will do when I’ll be financially independent. I would like to take care of start-ups and dedicate my time and my skills to help create new companies. It ‘what I would have liked to do but I did not because I always needed money to carry on with my family and to support me. Working for a startup means the uncertainty of gain and this is a luxury that until now I could not afford
The safe withdrawal rate (SWR) method is one that retirees use to determine how much they can withdraw from their accounts each year without running out of money before reaching the end of their lives. The safe withdrawal rate method is a conservative approach that tries to balance having enough money to live comfortably with not depleting retirement savings prematurely.
The first study come from financial planner William Bengen. Essentially, Bengen tested a variety of withdrawal rates using historical rates of returns for stocks and bonds. He found that 4% was the highest withdrawal rate retirees could use if they wanted their money to last at least 30 years, assuming they invested at least 50% of their savings in stocks. The 4% rule quickly became the default withdrawal rate for retirees who wanted to make sure that their retirement nest egg would be around as long as they were.
But today what withdrawal rate can be reasonable? I tried to give an answer looking at this site
You can simulate the expected real return of different asset in next 10 years
As you can see there isn’t an asset with expected return above 6%. But if you change from expected to historical data expected return are much higher
I will change my house in September . We are buying a bigger and more beautiful house in a more prestigious neighborhood. It’s normal, we’ve become richer. This means more expenses and as a result drives away my dream of financial independence. This is a classic dilemma that those who want to face the path of financial independence must face. If the expenses increase, financial independence goes away. However, can we live a life with only financial independence as a goal? Financial independence is a tool to achieve a better quality of life. Surely in a bigger house in a more prestigious neighborhood the quality of life will improve even if the dream of financial indifference will have to wait a few more years.
In my opinion there are many different visions of the concept of “financial independece”. You will find many blogs that talk about becoming millionaires in a few years others who will give you tips on how to save and live with little money. In my opinion both these visions are not correct.
Becoming millionaires in a few years is very unlikely, there are no magic recipes.
We live only once. the object of “financial independece” is to improve the quality of life. Today, compared to yesterday we have available new tools such as Peer to peer lending and crypto currencies that can help us integrate with classical instruments (bonds and shares). In the next posts I will tell you my experience
In a previous post I provide you a sheet. You could calculate how many months until you will achieve financial independence. I modified the previous sheet adding the effect of inflation and the increase in salary. If today I have expenses of 2000 euros it is unrealistic to think that in 10 years these will remain constant. I also expected that salary could increase in future years. I tried to calculate how easy it is to achieve financial independence. I imagined a rate of return on our securities portfolio of 7% inflation 2% and a wage that keeps pace with inflation. This shows that, although an ambitious goal may be, it is not an unreachable goal
Financial independence mean that you have a passive income (from a porfolio of stocks, bonds or other resources) and you can live without working, or if you prefer you can exit the “rat race”. What does it mean? According to Cambridge dictionary “a way of life in modernsociety, in which peoplecompete with each other for powerand money”This doesn’t mean you have to stop working at all. Probably you like your work in some ways but you don’t like your boss or some way or working or more simply you need more spare time to enjoy your life and do almost what you like. So financial independence doesn’t mean to watch tv all day long, but get a new vison of work where you do the work you like simply because you like it. Enzo Biagi one of the most important Italian journalist said “I would have been a free journalist too: thank goodness my publishers have never noticed it”. Yes if you are financial independet you can work for free.
In a previous post I said that we have financial independence if passive income from our saving are greater than our expenses. To obtain this goal we save every month some money in some financial tools (stock, etf, bound, cryptocurrency…) with a yield. So suppose I have net salary from my job of $2500 and $2000 expenses every month, and I invest all my savings in financial instruments with 0.67% monthly return when will I be financial independent? In this picture you maintain the money because the passive income are equal to expenses. Only inflation will affect your money. I’ll be financial independent after 225 months