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Ultrashort Bond ETFs

Today I’m going to talk a bit about an asset class I recently started using, which are Ultrashort Bond ETFs. The name makes them sound like something that invests in companies that produce extreme board shorts or something, but it’s actually far more mundane. What are Ultrashorts? Remember that there are two basic asset classes in an investment portfolio: Equity and Fixed Income. Equity generally invests in companies, while fixed income generally invests in bonds. I know there are more esoteric things like Preferred Shares (which we write about here), but let’s keep things simple for this example. When picking […]

Reader Case: Stuck with a Crappy Investment Advisor

It’s Friday, and you know what that means: time for another Reader Case! Today’s contestant is just starting out, but he’s run smack dab into a problem that we all face when attempting to achieve financial independence: the finance industry. Hi FIREcracker, My wife and I discovered your blog and feel that we are in a position to achieve financial independence and early retirement. We’ve traveled the world for six months and want to make it a part-time reality. We’ve read from MMM that you should have 25x your living expenses before you retire. We believe that we could retire […]

Book Giveaway: Broke Millennial Takes On Investing

  One of best things about early retirement is having the time to read books. Back when I was working, it used to take me a whole month to get through a single book, and even then I’d usually get so distracted I’d just quit a third of the way through.  Now I’m able to read way more books, but what I’ve discovered is that I have a really short attention span–especially when it comes to finance books. And it’s become exceedingly rare for me to find voices in the personal finance space that I can connect to.  Which is […]

Let’s Go Exploring! Seville, the Birthplace of World Travel

Nowadays, an around-the-world flight can cost as little as 26,000 miles or $1500 USD and takes less than a week. But back in 1519, circumventing the globe required 3 whole years and cost millions in today’s dollars. But that didn’t stop Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, who became the first person to circumnavigate the world. With financing from the Spanish government, he set sail on his trip of discovery with five ships from Seville, consisting of a crew of 260 men. Knowing that they would be facing all sorts of hardships like hunger, storms, and scurvy, Magellan wanted to make sure […]

Reader Case: Retiring Early in Florida

Another Friday, another Reader Case! But before we start, we recently got this wonderful little note from a longtime reader who was featured in a previous Reader Case. I always enjoy these, if for no other reason than just to catch up and see how they’re doing. This reader’s story was first featured in the reader case “Reformed Debt-Junkie Wants To Retire With Kids” OH HEI!!! First up, congradjumafrickinlations on the book! I can’t get enough of yours and Bryce’s story as home-grown inspiration fodder, so it’s already on the to-read list! Major kudos on another book. You guys are […]

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