Hello folks, I stumbled upon this great site while reading some FIRE blogs and what a great resource!
I am an American citizen in his mid 30s living and working in Switzerland. Like most of the people here, I want to achieve FI as early as possible. Towards this extent, I have become quite good at saving money. I currently have a savings rate of just under 35% over my gross salary. There is still more work that can be done on this aspect but I am quite happy with what I have achieved.
The part where I have been absolutely terrible at is investing. So far, all my savings have been sitting in a swiss bank account earning near 0% interest rate. I do make pillar 3A investments but that is also in non-investment accounts. Part of the reason for this is (and also the cause of my frustration) has to do with the fact that I am an American citizen. This has made life lot more complicated when it comes to investment opportunities. For example, as a US citizen, I am not allowed to open a pillar 3A account that can invest in stocks. I also cannot open a trading account with Degiro, PostFinance, etc. Only place where I think it might be possible to do so is Interactive Brokers. That is not too bad as it seems to be the one recommended by you smart folks. I tried to open an account with them last year but got cold feet when I was going through their rather intimidating questionnaire.
But my goal for the new years is to read up more about it and finally go ahead and open an account with them. If you guys have any resources or tips to share (especially concerning my often unfortunate citizenship) please feel free.
Thanks and I hope to be an active member of this community in the new years.