Hey there ROCKSTAR$$$!!!
I’m Matt - a passionate collector of tokens with value est. 1979 - and a Financial Imagineer.
Already in my early childhood I made it a priority to re-sell the nuts, fruits and veggies from my parents garden before they could harvest them. As soon as the barrier of legal working age (in Switzerland that’s 14) was crossed, my first hustler contract got signed: I was now responsible to distribute newspapers to 400 households a couple of times per week, irrespective of ice-cold-blizzardy weather or burning hot asphalt. From the savings I bought a motorcycle and invested in my driving license which allowed me to upgrade myself to “Pizza-Chauffeur” and drive for “Pizza Connection”, the first pizza delivery shop in town back in the 1990’s where I hustled almost every day from 6pm till 1am first driving then baking more than 300 pizzas per night as pizzaiolo [we crushed it and made $5,000 per night before competition arose].
My earnings got invested in mutual-[not index yet]-funds since 1997.
Despite all the hustling and self induced busyness (I held four side-jobs simultaneously) I somehow managed to graduate with a Masters in Economics from a reputable university and won a 6-figure amount from the Swiss version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire (me!).
Upon graduation, instead of joining the rat-race, I went backpacking to Central America for a couple of months (#mini-retirement) and learnt Spanish. Feeling encouraged by fast results and a boost of happiness, I challenged myself to go for Mandarin Chinese. Hence, in 2004 I ended up in Taiwan where I stayed for the next 2.5 years, learnt Chinese, worked for the Taiwanese Mafia (involuntarily) and started to appreciate stinky tofu. When leaving Taiwan, I was no longer on my own, together with my dear supporting Taiwanese wife we moved to Switzerland where my newly enhanced cultural and linguistic skillset opened the door to my Wealth Management job at a large Swiss Bank. Within two years we entered the 2008/09 crisis and hand-holding/ advising wealthy Chinese investors from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore shaped me big time. Due to geographic proximity to our clients we called the beautiful and low tax City-State of Singapore our home from 2012 till 2017.
As I was still a passionate collector of tokens and invested most of the stash for the past 20 years by mid 2017 I was ready and decided to FIRE. Inspired by all the great bloggers and content creators in this space I decided to start sharing my experience and story through my blog: my page www.financial-imagineer.com is live since September 2017. I wanted it to be live before travelling to Fincon in Dallas where someone asked me to look out for a mohawk [see picture].
Well, currently we (my wife and our two kids 4 and 6) live in Basel, Switzerland. Going forward I’m excited to work on more great content, mainly about FIRE/ FIRO [retire optional], wealth management, portfolio strategies, geographical arbitrage, travel hacking, shaping cross-cultural mindsets, parenting with a focus on money).
If you’re interested, feel free to drop by (virtually or in flesh - if in Switzerland), reach out [I’m also interested in guest posts and co-operating for content], “like” on my Financial Imagineer Facebook page or “follow” on Financial Imagineer Twitter.
Happy New Year to y’all - here my latest post click me!
To reaching new heights and making dreams work in 2018!