Leuven FIRE Meetup Recap

We just had a great weekend again with a lot of fun people. There was talk about money, dividends, permaculture and ethics, all while enjoying some good Belgian Beer! We also did a interesting (but rather chilly) city tour, courtesy of Amber Tree Leaves. Here is a (visual) Leuven FIRE Meetup Recap!

Leuven FIRE Meetup Recap

The meetup was split over two days at two different locations in the city. Amber Tree Leaves really did a great job in finding these venues!

Leuven FIRE Meetup Recap
Leuven FIRE Meetup Recap

Day 1: Dividend Growth Investing

On the first day we gathered at a local chapel (Augustinessenklooster: Romaanse Poort), which had one of the most spectacular conference rooms I’ve ever been in. This was the perfect setting for the Dividend Growth Investing (DGI) presentation. I did a two hour presentation about DGI. The first hour focussed on the basis of DGI investing. The second hour I talked more about the strategy, risks and problem with taxation we face here in Europe. There were some interesting discussions too!

For those that are interested, you can download the presentation here: Leuven FIRE Meetup Recap: DGI Investing Presentation

If you are wondering about the reason for the selection of the “beautiful” purple-ish presentation template, the theme was called “Dividend”. Enough said πŸ™‚

Day 2: City Tour

On day two we did a city tour through the center of Leuven. The start was on the main square of the city, at the old city hall and the main cathedral. We went through the city via the local university and visited a local small market squares (with lots of bars!). Next, walked to the “groot begijnhof”, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ultimately we looped back toward the train station, from which we went to the afternoon venue.

We took a couple of pictures of the tour, which are shown below. The first one is a stich of several photos, so it’s a bit distorted.

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Leuven FIRE Meetup Recap:
Main square with city hall and cathedral
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Leuven FIRE Meetup Recap: inside the “Groot Begijnhof”

The above housing is now also used for students of the local university.

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Leuven FIRE Meetup Recap: “Groot Begijnhof” with local stream
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Leuven FIRE Meetup Recap: Local Church within the “Groot Begijnhof”

The city of Leuven is really a pretty and a lot of fun to visit! It’s high recommended to give it a try in you are in the area.

Day 2: Permaculture and Ethics

After the pretty but cold city tour we went for lunch and afterwards to a local hostel to do two more presentations. The first presentation was about ethics and how do deal with ethics and investing. It was a great session that was presented by Geld-is-tijd. A lively discussion followed.

After a short break session with coffee and delicious cake, the next presentation was about permaculture. If you like engineering, you have to love permaculture! It’s the most efficient way to use nature to your advantage and have maximum yield (for organic produce) and very little work. The sloths in us love this! However, we don’t have the right yard just yet, something we would like to work on in the future.

Leuven FIRE Meetup Recap - Permaculture Presentation
Leuven FIRE Meetup Recap – Permaculture Presentation

For those interested in a basic Permaculture 101, you can download the presentation here:Β Leuven FIRE Meetup Recap: Permaculture

Next Meetup?

We are already making plans for a next meetup, this time we will visit Utrecht again. The plan is to do the meetup either the last weekend of June of the first weekend of July. Considering that “yours truly” will be travelling for a while, we decided to push back the next meetup until after we are back.

We are planning on a one day event, but if there is demand, we might stretch is into a two day event again! So if you want to join, please let us know and we will put you on the distribution list. If you have topics that you would like see discussed, let us know too! We still have some time to prepare.


Hope to see you next time!



  1. Love the professional and polished approach you guys take. I must keep an eye open for the next event, as I love my dividend investing and always looking to improve, discuss tactics etc. Keep up the good work :- )

  2. Hey! We run a Financial Independence Surfcamp in Portugal from april 27 to may 1. Half day discussions and talks and the other half surfing and exploring the nature around us. Hope to see some people of the benelux there.

    More Info here: http://findify.life


    P.S. We also run Financial Independence Meetups in Cologne e.g. next week
    maybe some of want to connect with their german neighbours.

    1. You have no idea how appealing that Portugal meetup sounds (and I cannot even surf!). Unfortunately we will likely be driving towards Italy at that time for our 9 week road trip! Will have to check out that cologne meetup! Thanks for the comment!

  3. Wow that’s an amazing conference room! Will have to take a look at your presentation and learn a few things. Wish I could join these meetups one of these days.

    1. It was like sitting in a museum! It was really cool. If you are ever lost on this side of the pond again, do drop by.
      oh, you got a spot in the presentation too! πŸ™‚

  4. Oh Utrecht is my home town, so even though I’ve lived in Spain for many years now, do let me know when the date is as I’m over at least two or three times a year. If I can work it out I’d love to be part of the next meet up!

  5. Hi!

    Long time lurker, first time poster.

    I really liked the presentation about the DGI, I think it covered the basics quite well and it had some good links.

    A couple of comments:
    1) put the slide number somewhere, otherwise it is difficult to refer to the slides πŸ™‚
    2) some slides (notable example: the slide where there is the question “Pepsi has a higher ROE than Coca-Cola. Why?”…this is also an example of why you need the slide numbers :P) need some more text to be explained properly.

    In general, it is a choice of the speaker how much text to put on slides (some people prefer big chunks of text, others prefer basically only charts/pictures…I am in the first camp, FYI). However, if you publish the slides, I think it is better practice to have them as self-explained as possible, just to avoid gaps in the logic flow.

    Overall, a great presentation, I already sent it to my girlfriend to educate her in the subject πŸ˜›


    1. Hallo Francesco,
      Thank you for downloading and reviewing the presentation. Glad you could appreciate it. I personally appreciate the feedback! On the note of the amount of stuff on a slide, I’m in the lean camp πŸ˜‰ I cannot stand people that read from what is on their presentations, might as well just give me a copy of the presentation and I will do my own reading. This presentation is therefore a case of “you should have been there to see it” πŸ™‚
      That being said, I might expand this presentation based on more feedback I have received. Albeit I didn’t refer back and forth to the various slides much, adding the page numbers is not a bad idea. If I find time, I might make this into a more self explanatory presentation and add a download section to the blog. No promises thou!

  6. Again it was great to be with like-minded people and talk about stuff your friends don’t understand ;-). And again very inspiring. Of course I will be attending in Utrecht next time. Thanks for the organisation guys!

  7. It was great to be a part of. And really liked the ethics presentation and the discussion that followed! Next one will be close to home again, will definitely be there πŸ™‚

  8. Looks like we really missed something! However working this weekend was not too bad as Well πŸ˜‰ Next meetup sounds like fun and I’ll have a look at the presentations! Thanks for that!

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