My name is Khen Elazar, and I am a 26-year-old ordinary guy. I am an American who currently lives in Israel. I decided to share with the world my journey towards self fulfillment. I read many bloggers, who talk about their pursuit of financial freedom. I enjoy reading them, and some of them are very inspirational. However, I see it a little bit differently, I don’t see financial freedom as a goal. I believe that freedom is necessary in order to achieve my true goals. My biggest passion is travelling, I like seeing new places, and meeting new people, and I hope to travel as much as possible. I also enjoy reading and studying. When you meet me, you will know that I am a political junkie and sport enthusiast. My favorite sports are soccer and basketball.

I work in an insurance agency in Israel, as the head of the quality assurance department. I hope to achieve a mater’s degree probably in business management. I started investing in the stock market at the age of 17. It was the peak of the housing bubble, and attractive stocks were hard to find. I did it with the help and guidance of my father, who is an investment adviser in Bank Hapoalim, the largest bank in Israel. As I became more experienced, I started investing by myself, mainly in value and growth stocks, and in Israeli junk bonds. I believe that seeing the financial bubble bursting, gave me a fantastic experience as a young investor. Over the past two years, I have been investing mainly in dividend growth stocks. I believe that as a young investor, who also work full time, this strategy is the most suitable for me.

My financial journey is very important to me, but it is only secondary to my real journey. I owe everything to my parents who took me and my brothers to so many trips, and showed us how diversified and unique our planet is. Hopefully, I will be able to walk in their footsteps, and keep touring the world. I have been to Asia, Europe, America and Africa, and I still got endless cities, parks and people to see. I won’t be taking abut frugal living, because travelling is certainly not a basic need, but I will talk about responsibility, because I believe that responsibility leads to freedom, while blaming other people leads to dependency.

Today I invest in several accounts. While most of my capital is in my brokerage account invested in dividend growth stocks, I also have a pension fund (the Israeli equivalent of 401K), and a medium term investment account managed by a leading firm.  I also have a small account with Lending Club. If you choose to follow my journey, you will see my stock analysis, stocks that I bought, my portfolio progress, and lessons that Mr. Market taught me. You will also be able to read about my past trips, and new places that I am willing to visit in the future. I am going to share with my readers how progress towards freedom, allows me to achieve my goals.

Nigardsbreen, Norway 2015