May 12, 2017

Portfolio Update May 2017

It’s already time for a brand new update of our DIY Portfolio. Please note that our next update can be expected in about 12 weeks, in August 2017.

Meanwhile, you can have a look at previous portfolio updates here:



Despite an uncanny style in the first 100-days to his presidency, Trump’s Rally still carries on and for now, investors are pilling up nice profits. Our DIY Portfolio is no exception and has continued on its merry way.

May 06, 2017

Wake Up 12-Minute Earlier to Compensate Lack of Sleep


If you’re like me, sometimes, because of a lack of sleep, you feel excruciatingly tired when your alarm wakes you up. You would only like to comfortably stay in bed. Especially if your job isn’t that motivating. Some of these mornings, everything seems difficult, you’re stuck in neutral and can’t get going. You can even end up dragging that awful feeling all day.   

A few years back, my family doctor had a great suggestion to solve this problem: to wake up earlier! This may seem like a contradiction but it really works! At least for me…

Having a couple more minutes to spare, you can take time to relax and diminish the stress of a hectic morning routine. Just be careful not to become too relaxed and run late...

This course of action also has a complimentary beneficial effect: a tad more tired of night, you should get better deeper sleep.

Three four days and good nights into the process, you’ll feel rested, relaxed and ready to conquer the world.

So, next time a shortage of sleep leaves you repetitively stuck in bed, think of the opposite and set your alarm 12-Minute earlier to break up the vicious circle.


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April 24, 2017

Magical Number 12 (Revisited)

The 12-Minute Series was originally posted in 2012.

We’ve decided to republish it integrally because we believe it can still help as everyone aspires to make things better.

Let’s hope it stirs up the discussion and stimulates you to change the world 12-Minute at a time!








This article was originally posted on October 12, 2012

The more we look at it, the more Number 12 appears Magical!

In its original stages, our research revolved more around number 15.
But, as soon as we dug deeper, 12 evidently became the front running candidate. 

For one thing, a dozen always fits way better in a box!

More seriously, remarkable Twelve as deep roots throughout History; 
it even has some kind of mystical character associated to it.

The Number of Nature

April 12, 2017

How Budgeting Can Be So Simple and Easy



Last month, we wrote about our unique way to Enjoy the Pleasures of Budgeting.

Today, we’ll continue on the same exciting subject and see how budgeting can be simple, accessible and even fun for everyone. We’ll also share some easy starting pointers. These fundamental basic budget principles should get you going in the right direction.

In our next and last article of this three-part series on budgeting (coming your way in June), we’ll continue to expose our distinctive point of view on the matter. Additional Interesting Budget Ideas will be presented to you along with more elaborate tips.

Simple Math

Many people get stopped by the supposedly complex nature of budgets.


But in fact, budgeting is only basic math. The arithmetic behind a balanced budget is far from rocket science. You only must obtain a positive result (greater than zero) when you add up your different sources of income and subtract all your expenses. No magic can get you around this basic budget equation.

March 24, 2017

Investing The 12-Minute Way (Revisited)

The 12-Minute Series was originally posted in 2012.

We’ve decided to republish it integrally because we believe it can still help as everyone aspires to make things better.

Let’s hope it stirs up the discussion and stimulates you to change the world 12-Minute at a time!







This article was originally posted on September 12, 2012

Keep It Simple

You should only use financial products you understand. So, stick to the basics. Complex and complicated products often only serve those who sell them.

Same goes for stocks, only invest in solid companies you know and understand.

In this great Internet/Information era, it’s relatively simple to get data on any public company. To stay effective, we recommend you only take 12-Minute when you first analyze a potential candidate for your portfolio or watch list.  

March 12, 2017

Enjoy the Pleasures of Budgeting

Many view the budget as an ugly nagging beast they will never be able to master. Because it only reminds them about the frustration of being in the red, they prefer to ignore it instead of trying to tame it.

In the same fashion, many other persons not completely averse to budgets still find it utterly dull. In that sense, a lot of people resign themselves to accept the sad truth that money matters are a reality of our modern life and nobody can really get around it.

For us, keeping a budget is quite the opposite. It’s much more fun and to some extent, it rhymes with excitement! We get those pleasant vibes perhaps because we mostly associate budgeting to having dreams, realizing projects and the freedom of making choices.   

From our standpoint, a budget is an easy-to-use tool to understand where your hard earned money goes. It helps you regain or keep control over it. It can also point out interesting opportunities to improve.

An effective budget can be set-up on a single piece of paper, using the most sophisticated software or with many possibilities in-between.

Next time, we’ll talk about How Budgeting Can Be So Simple and Easy.

So today, let us expose our unique point of view on this simple yet extraordinary tool. Let’s hope you’ll see how powerful it can also become for you!