LukeSkywalker

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About LukeSkywalker

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  • Location Munich
  • Nationality Dutch
  • Hometown Arnhem (from the movie A Bridge Too Far)
  • Gender Male
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  1. What's got you flummoxed today?

    Just dropped my Christmas cards in the postbox. The mail is collected 3 times a day: 3 pm, 4.45 pm and 6 pm. Don't they like working in the mornings? I can't imagine this is efficient.
  2. Last minute everything 2017

    In governmental and academic institutions they always eat up the remaining budget before the new year starts otherwise they face a budget cut for future years. I know a hospital where they ordered new furniture and desktops every 2 years. The "old" items ended up in the cellar. Tax payers' money.
  3. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    In 2016, the number of British residents applying for German citizenship rose 361% (German only: http://www.zeit.de/gesellschaft/2017-06/statistisches-bundesamt-einbuergerung-steigerung-briten-deutschland).
  4. Period of notice (Kündigungfrist) for IT industries

    In my IT company (> 10,000 employees) it's 1 month. We are with IG Metall. Top managers have 6 months.
  5. Back in the 1980s I had a savings account as a teenager in the Netherlands. 6,0% interest! I calculated that if I have 1 million Dutch guilders in the bank, then I can retire and live from the interest only. Boy, times have changed :).
  6. I successfully save money with an interest rate of 0,01%. Definitely hardcore.
  7. At 5 am it is pitch black outside!! What's healthy about that? No, my alarm goes off at 07:45 am. Normal times. Weekends also 10 am.
  8. Where to get tailored made suit in Munich?

    Well, the primary goal is the holiday, not the cheap suit(s). You can combine it if you like.
  9. Where to get tailored made suit in Munich?

    Some people go on holiday to Thailand/India and get some custom-made suits there. Much cheaper than Europe and good quality. Very good tailors.
  10. In a previous job I just received a 13th month salary for overtime and travel time, no matter how much overtime or travel time I had, so just check your contract as well.
  11. Riester-Rente for American Expats

    Well, see one post above yours for an advisor :). I have no personal recommendation. I'm Dutch and not American. That makes it easier. I also talked to some of my German colleagues to get input and I read a lot about different schemes. Does your company offer some kind of bAV (company pension)?
  12. Bitcoin - a decentralised digital currency

    My friend who is into the market a long time said:" If the hedgefunds, banks and big investors step in, in 5-8 months, $150,000 per BTC might be possible. After that, Brussels will probably forbid it. But who cares, because the bitcoin is in cyberspace and not in the Eurozone."
  13. If it's a delegation contract, you employer can pay your rent and also give you other allowances, such as a car allowance, country allowance, etc. Some of my IT colleagues work in the US on such delegation contract. Most of the salary can be saved since they have all sorts of allowances covering most of their expenses. Typically, delegation contracts last for the project duration up to 3 years. Some of my former colleagues were on delegation contracts in different countries for longer periods w/o having an apartment in Munich, so they saved shit loads of money enabling them later to buy an apartment cash in Munich.
  14. Best Christmas song?

    I'm a 80s kid, so I knew :).