A couple of days ago I found out I actually really like my current job. That shouldn’t be too weird now, would it? It is weird though, mainly because I’m one of the laziest people on the entire planet. I absolutely hate putting in any effort at all to reach a goal, unless it is of direct benefit to me. Hyperefficiency is the name of the game, so why in the world would I enjoy a demanding job with lots of unpaid overtime?
That right there, my dear readers, is the Belgian stock exchange, currently home to the Euronext Brussels. In front of its 150-year-old building you see a 120.000 people-strong labour demonstration, probably one of the biggest in post-war Belgium. Since my office is right around the corner I decided to take a sneak peek during lunch. Not liking the grim atmosphere, I hastily returned though. That was one malcontent mob, I tell you!
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.