The good news? You’re able to read English – and to put up with long, syllable-strewn sentences balanced by the occasional geeky joke – and so you’re reading Monevator.
Hurrah! Long may it continue!
But what if you live in Germany, or Sweden, or Barbados? The principles of personal finance and good investing may be international. But the vagaries of local taxes and regulations or what products and services are available in your country will vary.
So a few months ago I asked Monevator readers to share their best suggestions for personal finance blogs from outside the UK and the US that they know and read themselves.
Not mainstream media resources – they’re myriad, and easily found – but websites with reports from the trenches written by everyday investors and seekers after financial freedom.
Below is a list of what you came up with, together with a few words of explanation – paraphrased in most cases from the websites.
Many of the blogs you put forward are actually written in English. Perhaps that isn’t surprise given those making the suggestions were also reading Monevator? Regardless, it means that even if you’re investing with both your feet planted in Blighty, you might find a likely foreign sort to have a fling with.
(Just don’t tell me about it. What I don’t know can’t hurt me. What happens in your Chrome browser’s incognito mode stays in incognito mode. And so on.)
Beware: I have spent an enjoyable day clicking around these sites but I haven’t done deep due diligence. I’m relying on reader suggestions. I skipped a few, but if any of the remaining ones I’ve listed are scams or similar, please do shout below. Don’t take them as gospel until you’ve had a good dig. Actually you should never take anything on the Internet as gospel, even the stuff we write. (Except of course inspirational quotes written in Copperplate Gothic font and superimposed onto pictures of snowy mountains or tropical sunsets. Those all speak the truth and are sacred.)
Aussie Firebug – An anonymous blog detailing the journey to financial independence through investing in real estate and low cost index funds.
Dividends Down Under – A young couple detail their dividend-focused journey to financial independence.
Odd Cents –Information about spending and saving, which as the author points out “pretty much encompasses everything in the finance world”. It’s curious to read a site like this from a country you might think of as a paradise escape destination.
No More Waffles – A 26-year-old guy from Belgium trying to save and invest his way towards financial independence.
Blunt Bean Counter – Billed as a humorous blog about tax. Presumably has that market sewn up.
Canadian Couch Potato – A regular in our Weekend Reading links, offers peerless advice on passive investing through index funds. Only a shame that so much of the detail is for Canadians. Unless, of course, you’re Canadian.
Canadian Money Forum – A message board about money for Canadians. Gotta envy the connection between the labeling on the tin and what it does inside. (In contrast, what kind of fool would make up a word for the name his blog? *cough cough*)
Canadian Personal Finance – Long-time blogger who bills himself as the clown prince of personal finance.
Money We Have – A personal finance blog with an emphasis on travel.
My Million Dollar Journey – One of the oldies, it’s been around as long as Monevator. The author hit the million, and now riffs on general financial freedom topics as well as following the progress of a handful of
guinea pigs readers.
My Own Advisor – Also aiming for a million Canadian dollars, with a focus on dividend income.
Tawcan – A mixture of ideas about lifestyle design and concrete plans towards achieving financial independence.
Young and Thrifty – Saving Generation Y, apparently. Good to aim high!
Les investisseurs – I know, it sounds like an exciting art house movie! But apparently it just means ‘investors’ in French. Monevator reader DavidChevance says of the site: “This is more a forum than a blog, however the issues discussed on it are very similar to those addressed on Monevator, with a significant bias towards investment in property, reflecting the widespread French aversion towards the stock market.”
Der Privatier – The author explains his path to financial freedom, how to grow your capital, and how to use it to generate a passive income.
Exstudentin – A 23-year old ex-student reports on her journey towards a quietly fulfilling life.
Finanzglück – German dad in his mid-30s with two young kids who aims to retire early. Writes about index investing, real estate, and family life.
Finanzwesir – Founded on the principle that the level of financial literacy today is around the lamentable equivalent of the “Can you get pregnant by kissing?” questions of the early last century. I like how he calls an emergency fund a ‘fire brigade’.
Frugalisten – According to Google Translate, the author is urging us to “say goodbye to the washcloth life”. I’d normally suggest something had been lost in transmission, except there’s also a photo of him waving around some currency together with a washcloth. Go take a look, German speakers. An adventure!
Klunkerchen – Aimed “at women (and all people)”. Interesting classification system, Klunkerchen! Seems very comprehensive. I notice it runs on the same theme I started Monevator on, too, many years back, so I got a little nostalgic. Germans have a different perspective on personal finance to us Anglo-Saxon sorts in my experience, but that’s a post for another day.
Madame Moneypenny – Aimed at women who want financial independence.
What Life Could Be – A European take on financial independence. The husband and wife team are big fans of US blogs, but missed the lack of domestic detail.
Personal Finance Calculators – Monevator reader Shan tells us: “There are a gazillion blogs in India but this is an absolute must. Professor Pattu has multiple retirement spreadsheets and a steady stream of common sense investing tips.”
Stalflare – Interested in investing and creating a sustainable future, by managing savings, expenses, and long-term investments.
RetireJapan – Perhaps the only English-language personal finance site in Japan. Provides information about local rules and regulations and has a small but active community.
In 10 jaar – Blog by a couple who set off in 2015 to become financially independent in a decade.
Mom4life – A mother of three writes about money saving and other financial tips.
Mrs EconoWiser – Dutch Mustachians. (May be defunct… not updated since December 2015).
Finansnerden – A Norwegian Monevator reader writes about his journey towards “having FU money by April 2026, through increasing income, saving, and investing in stocks, bonds and real estate.”
Pengeblogg – I’m told this is probably the longest running personal finance blog in Norway. I am ill-qualified to disagree.
A Singaporean Stocks Investor – Curious site that’s apparently about securing a financial future in an uncertain world. Idiosyncratic but seems very personable.
STE’s Stocks Investing Journey – General thoughts on stock investing and personal reflections. Some links to other resources.
Turtle Investor – Seems to be a mixture of bargain hunting and index funds articles.
Gustavs aktieblogg – A lawyer who invests in smaller dividend-paying companies to grow a retirement income stream.
Mustachian Post – How to build wealth by enjoying your life in Switzerland.
Retire in Progress – An Italian Software Engineer working in Switzerland for a big tech company, blogging in English. Saves a whopping 70% of his salary with the aim of retiring in his early 40s.
The Poor Swiss – English language. A young couple, working to become Financially Independent in Switzerland before they are 50.
Dividend Tycoon – Recently refocused to be “about investing in general, especially the psychological side”.
The Investor Challenge – Infrequently updated and a bit hard to fathom the gist of it from here, but a reader suggested it.
Ahorro Capital – Also suggested by Monevator reader David Chevance, who also suggested most of the other Spanish sites here. Dividend focused.
Cazadividendos – Provides “high quality technical advice, similar to Monevator, on topics like for example the tax treatment of foreign (i.e. non-Spanish) dividends, how to declare them in your tax return and how the reclaim the rest of the dividend withholding tax from the foreign authorities.”
Dividends.es – An investing blog whose author also runs Investorinteligente. (Both may now be defunct… not updated since July 2016.)
Enorme Piedra Redonda – More about about lifestyle, traveling cheaply, and meeting interesting people, as the author already took early retirement a few years ago. Infrequent posts. Our Spanish mole says it’s his favourite, as the blog owner is a great storyteller.
Invesorinteligente – An investing blog whose author also runs Dividends.es. (Both may now be defunct… not updated since July 2016.)
Jubilacion Express – Apparently it reads like a “newbies” blog but provides “detailed information”, according to our man in Spain. (At a glance it seems like it may be defunct, but my Spanish is diabolical.)
International / ex-pat
Andrew Hallam – Website home of the author of The Millionaire Teacher. Monevator reader Blacksmith salutes its “advice on passive investing, global diversification vs home currency bias, international discount brokerages, tips on practical implementation and pitfalls to avoid.”
The International Investor – TheAccumulator has linked to this one a few times. Advice and resources for investors in international markets.
Phew! A lot to chew through, but this list isn’t exhaustive – it’s just the sites you guys pointed me to. Have you got a favourite that isn’t on the list? Please tell us in the comments below, and add a few words explaining why it’s a good one. Also, regarding the post title I know that if you’re based in Japan or Barbados, then *we* are one of the international foreign blogs. But I didn’t want to say “outside the US and UK” in the title, as that could take the search engines in the wrong direction. Hence the island view of the world.