Many of my readers aren’t just here to marvel at the stupid stuff I blurt out sometimes with regards to financial independence. No, being quite the little investors they are, most of them are actually looking for new investing ideas. It’s true too that stock markets hold no secrets to this diverse group of financially savvy people. As such, they own small pieces of profitable businesses all over the world.
Oh man, after just 137 days the Belgian citizenry will know its next government and all the great new policies that come with such an occasion. Of course, since politicians are worse at keeping secrets and better at leaking juicy gossip than all sorority girls on the American continent put together, most of the legislative reform is already out in the open. As it turns out people aren’t to happy with it!
Do you have more financial assets than your average Belgian? If you’re not from Switzerland or the United States of America, chances are you don’t! A recent Allianz study showed that Belgium is the third ranking country when comparing average net worth per capita, which reinforces the belief that Belgians are quite the savers.
A couple of days ago I received a letter from the
Belgian French – damn you debt crisis of 2008 – bank BNP Paribas Fortis. Since I’m not a customer of Fortis, I was pretty sure it contained some cheap marketing ploy to get me to transfer my funds to one of their exciting brand-new accounts. As it turns out, I was right.
Today I was browsing through the newspaper when my eyes caught an article that read “Belgium has the highest tax burden of the 34 OECD member countries.” Immediately I sat up straight and pricked up my ears. Some of you might not know this, but whenever I read about the tax rates on labour income on your blogs, I always turn jealous at how low they are. Yes, actual jealousy. I know, horrible characteristic.