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by SilverElephant
Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: What should I watch out for/how to go about opening investment accounts in the US? [German national/US passport]
Replies: 8
Views: 1074

Re: What should I watch out for/how to go about opening investment accounts in the US? [German national/US passport]

Thanks for the replies everyone. I've held off on opening an account for the moment until I get a better idea of how to properly diversify, in my own name. HSBC Expat looks interesting, but I get the impression they're catering to the 1M+$ crowd.
by SilverElephant
Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: What should I watch out for/how to go about opening investment accounts in the US? [German national/US passport]
Replies: 8
Views: 1074

Re: What should I watch out for/how to go about opening investment accounts in the US? [German national/US passport]

We're currently not thinking about any major sums (think < 10k), only enough to get started by having the actual account(s) and shifting stuff inside them. In that scenario, it's her money and we have an informal agreement that I invested "x" in that. I give her x*current_exchange_rate € in some way...
by SilverElephant
Sat Aug 04, 2018 2:22 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: What should I watch out for/how to go about opening investment accounts in the US? [German national/US passport]
Replies: 8
Views: 1074

Re: What should I watch out for/how to go about opening investment accounts in the US? [German national/US passport]

Schwab gives you a checking account along with a brokerage account. It includes a debit card with no cost ATM withdrawals anywhere in the world. I would try to open a Schwab account, but you may need a US address to do so. She has a US address. Basically her grandmother's address, who still lives t...
by SilverElephant
Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: What should I watch out for/how to go about opening investment accounts in the US? [German national/US passport]
Replies: 8
Views: 1074

What should I watch out for/how to go about opening investment accounts in the US? [German national/US passport]

My DG holds a US passwort (in addition to her German one) and we have been thinking about using that to diversify somewhat by opening account(s) in the US. There's three components here: (1) diversify by having investments/cash outside Germany, indeed outside of the EU (2) have access to some funds ...
by SilverElephant
Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Looking for resources on applied system thinking
Replies: 8
Views: 2505

Re: Looking for resources on applied system thinking

The Weinberg book has a newer edition ("silver anniversary") which unfortunately seems to only exist in paperback form. As far as I can tell from the preface, the only changes seem to concern "sexist language" which was "changed in as many places as I could find". Any particular reason to get either...
by SilverElephant
Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: What are the most useful physical skills?
Replies: 22
Views: 3987

Re: What are the most useful physical skills?

7Wannabe5 wrote:Modern war- sex, typing
Ancient war- sex, cooking
Criminal- sex, typing
Refugee-sex, typing, cooking
Farmer-cooking, typing, sex
Hunter-cooking, sex
Industrial labor-typing, sex
Obviously men have it all their own way.
by SilverElephant
Sat Jan 07, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Cannot get myself to invest money for "fear" of mistakes
Replies: 16
Views: 2629

Re: Cannot get myself to invest money for "fear" of mistakes

@Chris: The cashflow focus occured to me before, but I thought to myself "buying x rate of cash flow at lower prices would be better than at buying it at higher prices, right"? @radamfi: I had a quick look and it appears there are least some European platforms that are open to Germans (some in Switz...
by SilverElephant
Fri Jan 06, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Cannot get myself to invest money for "fear" of mistakes
Replies: 16
Views: 2629

Re: Cannot get myself to invest money for "fear" of mistakes

Thanks for the quick replies everyone! @cmonkey: Good tip about the baby steps. The thought of investing tens of Ks at a time can be a bit disconcerting. By well-known brands do you mean blue chips and the likes? One more aspect about "analysis paralysis": jacob has, on a few occasions, hinted at th...
by SilverElephant
Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Cannot get myself to invest money for "fear" of mistakes
Replies: 16
Views: 2629

Cannot get myself to invest money for "fear" of mistakes

I'm having real trouble getting myself to actually invest my money, i.e. getting past some psychological barriers. This bothers me because it's the next step required to generate cash flow and I currently obviously suck at it. My current savings rate is just shy of 70% and is mostly held back by the...
by SilverElephant
Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:05 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Men's rights movement - opinions
Replies: 75
Views: 13719

Re: Men's rights movement - opinions

Alright Stahlmann, you're right: back on topic. I do believe "the system" and "people" to be pro-women and biased against men. However, most men I've known to have real trouble with this - in the sense that they ended up having actual emotional distress, legal issues or similar - have been men who h...
by SilverElephant
Thu Dec 29, 2016 4:24 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Men's rights movement - opinions
Replies: 75
Views: 13719

Re: Men's rights movement - opinions

@ Stahlmann I do agree with your premise that there is an overly developed sense of entitlement among women as to what they "deserve" and "won't settler for". As far as I can see this is in part because of the MSM spreading a specific image of what romance, courtship and marriage should be like. So ...
by SilverElephant
Wed Dec 28, 2016 6:53 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Men's rights movement - opinions
Replies: 75
Views: 13719

Re: Men's rights movement - opinions

The problem is women set so high standards that there is no entry for many men. There are no ,,virgin neckbeard women who live in parents' basement". Now you can see how gender stereotypes affects men too. Or there are many men who opt out due to the fact they see no benefits in relationship with a...
by SilverElephant
Wed Dec 28, 2016 3:20 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Men's rights movement - opinions
Replies: 75
Views: 13719

Re: Men's rights movement - opinions

I don't believe that these alpha males exist. What constitutes the alpha male. The big tough fighter. The smart guy. The rich guy. It's a stupid concept. People are complex and go for people that appeal to them. The Alpha male concept is just another stupid load of crap some moron came up with. Dif...
by SilverElephant
Thu Oct 27, 2016 11:57 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: DIY take-apart pullup stand
Replies: 36
Views: 7451

Re: DIY take-apart pullup stand

Definitely looks more professional than mine. How fast can you take it apart/put it together? My living room being my only room, I really do have to take it apart after each use, so being able to do that in under one minute was a requirement.
by SilverElephant
Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:43 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: DIY take-apart pullup stand
Replies: 36
Views: 7451

Re: DIY take-apart pullup stand

Here you go. I didn't get too many in. The first idea was to integrate them into the burpee routine, but I'm currently at 8x12 burpees, and being totally untrained pullup-wise I only managed to do the two first sets complete with pullups, then I gave up halfway through the third and just did the pus...
by SilverElephant
Thu Oct 20, 2016 1:57 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: DIY take-apart pullup stand
Replies: 36
Views: 7451

Re: DIY take-apart pullup stand

I ended up going for the iron pipes. Everything else involved doorframes or bolting something to the plaster ceiling, and I wasn't willing to deal with the landlord concerning potential damage. Sturdy, folds up, can be potentially disassembled for transport into a bunch of pipes no longer than 1 m a...
by SilverElephant
Tue Oct 18, 2016 12:13 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: ERE indicator
Replies: 58
Views: 14793

Re: ERE indicator

BeyondtheWrap wrote: Interesting, so someone who FIRE'd on their investment income and no longer works would get the same score as a non-ERE-minded person who relies on a job for income.
I think that was excluded by "independent" source of income (for a moment I was wondering that myself...)
by SilverElephant
Sun Oct 16, 2016 11:33 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: ERE indicator
Replies: 58
Views: 14793

Re: ERE indicator

Happiness tends to be hard to measure. Perhaps measuring what proportion of your time you are MADE to devote to something you would otherwise not do would be helpful here. E.g. someone who's stuck in the office 40 hours per week plus the additional 10 hours of commute would rate lower than someone w...
by SilverElephant
Sun Oct 16, 2016 10:51 am
Forum: Inspiration
Topic: Late Retirement Extreme? Early Lifestyle Extreme?
Replies: 12
Views: 3074

Re: Late Retirement Extreme? Early Lifestyle Extreme?

I've found that to people like the author of the OP's article, what he's doing feels like becoming an atheist, i.e. I've seen the light, chasing possessions is bad, experiences last forever, etc. What it is is just embracing a different god. It's a concept I've found very difficult to get across to ...
by SilverElephant
Sun Oct 02, 2016 1:38 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Trumple down economics vs. entitlement state
Replies: 49
Views: 7363

Re: Trumple down economics vs. entitlement state

Do German businesses receive some kind of government subsidy for employing women who take maternity leave? From the POV of a business owner, it should dissuade the hiring of reproductive age women. Yet I never hear about this from socialist European countries. http://national.deseretnews.com/articl...