I am starting to write this on March 20, when corona virus pandemic is at the peak in Spain.
During first two weeks of February I am reading a lot of warning on Twitter. Some events are being cancelled in the world already. I urge my wife to stock up some basic food in case of total lockdown.
February 17th to 22d I fly to Riga (with connection in Frankfurt) to Startup Wise Guys graduation and Techchill event.
March 12th Spanish government announces that country lock-down begins on Monday – March 16th. That nigh, after an argument with my wife, I decide to not take kids to school on Friday. Friday and Saturday we go for walks with kids (skipping the playgrounds and crowded places). The news are worsening every hour. When the kids go for Friday nap, I go shopping. Some sections are already empty and people are buying a lot – i wait 30 minutes in the line. The lock-down begins 2 days earlier on Saturday night. March 18th my wife goes shopping – the shops are full of food, including toilet and hand paper.
What is the life in quarantine? In general the life did not change much: I work and have meals at home as usual. The good things:
- I do Yoga / Stretching daily
- I sleep better (Oura ring average sleep and readiness over 90)
- Have time to write and read (though i read mostly about covid)
- Rethink my life: Set your values, goals and principals (Ray Dalio).
- I speak to parents daily
- I speak to friends more often – usually about Covid19 and investments.
The negative things are: I workout less actively. All the day is about satisfying kids, we watch at the screens more.
Investments. I was lucky to exit the stock market and crypto (exited BTC at 6700 euros) before huge drop. I am not selling any of my real estate investments through the platforms. Housers secondary market is dead. EstateGuru secondary market is dead and expensive to trade. EvoEstate secondary market is active as never before, but i am holding my investments. I am checking the markets mainly sp500 and ibex35 daily and even though i do not have any positions I feel frustrated with big swings in the market. On one hand a big recession is coming. On the other hand US announces 1.5T and later 2T money printing – stimulus package. Universal Basic Income may start sooner – US government is thinking of giving 1000 USD for each citizen.
I will be coming back to stock market on March 23 making 0,3% of my net-worth investments weekly. I will be buying
BTC (Crypto – Bitcoin)
LYXIB – Spanish index
WBA – Pharmacies in USA
BOL – Ports in Africa and 3 potential spinoffs
TEF Telcom for Spain and LATAM
TEL Telcom for Nordics and SE Asia
SCHB Media company from Norway