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Elena Nikolskaya

Workshop: Managing Your Personal Finance with Digital Platforms

By Elena Nikolskaya

Brussels: 13 November 2019

In this workshop, you will be introduced to the basics of personal finance. We'll look at...

1. What you must understand before investing

  • your goals in life
  • ETFs vs mutual funds
  • Psychology of investing
  • diversification
  • compounding
  • timing the market
  • beating the market
  • brokerage costs

2. Where to start:

  • set up your savings
  • set up your brokerage account
  • set up your knowledge base
  • ditch your mutual funds
  • buy your first share!

3. The principles of constructing the simplest portfolio:

  • asset allocation
  • find European equivalent of recommended US ETFs

4. Your new favorite information sources:

  • Yahoo Finance
  • Investopedia
  • ETFs screeners


About Elena

Since her early childhood Elena Nikolskaya wanted to know it all! She was always the best student in the class at school and this came to me with ease. She gained a Master in Electrical Engineering from a Moscow university a long time ago and, more recently, a Master in Artificial Intelligence from KULeuven in Belgium.

Since then, Elena has successfully learned how to work in banking, telecoms, railways and energy in several countries. In 2018, after a major change in her personal life, she had to make an important decision about a considerable sum of money. Unsure of what to do, she started learning about investing in stocks - and put that learning to practice. She hasn’t stopped since.

Once she started talking to people around her about personal finance, she found that quite a few people are interested in the topic. But, they don’t know where to start or they start buying stocks in some random way. So, Elena decided to start sharing her knowledge not only with friends but with anyone who has decided to take their personal finance seriously.

Feel free to join Elena's MeetUp group Brussels Investing to be informed about future events. Send her a message at if you want to receive her reading list on this workshop's topics.

Practical Information

When Wednesday, 13 November 2019 from 18h45-21h00

Where? Timesmore Boulevard St Michel 47, 1040 Brussels - Map

How much? A contribution of €15 to cover expenses including materials, drinks, snacks, etc.

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  2. Jeffrey B
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  5. Eva H
  6. Anna Z
  7. Jaun C
  8. Alina P
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  20. Eleni C
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  22. Filip R *
  23. Lisa K *
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  26. Carlo P **
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  29. Hugues M **
  30. Natalie K **
  31. Cathy B **
  32. Dennis E **
  33. Francesca P **
  34. Elena B **
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  36. Colette V **
  37. Camille B **
  38. Leina M **
  39. Yulia D **
  40. Pat P **
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  42. John C **
  43. Richard K **
  44. Francesca F **
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