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Investment Workshop 2.0

Back in 2016 when this blog was first starting to take off, I ran a weekly series of articles called the Investment Workshop, where I showed people step-by-step how to build and manage an ETF-based portfolio like the one we used to retire. The workshop ran for a year, with 52 articles, and after it was done, I figured we would move on to something else. Little did I know that the Investment Workshop would become the most popular part of our site, with literally thousands of people learning how to invest from it, and even after many years people […]

Reader Case: Same Sex Couple Wants to Retire Early Overseas

Guess what time it is? Reader case time! Hi! We are a same sex married couple currently in the US (S is in her mid 40s working here on 10 yr employer sponsored visa and T is in her 50s). We stumbled onto FIRE concept and your great book / blog a few years ago so we are late to the game, but since then we’ve slowly but certainly changed our spending and savings habits. Our current net worth (according to Empower) is around $1.1M, and our goal ·         Is to retire together in 5 years if possible (T has multiple […]

Joe Biden: Good or Bad for the FIRE Movement?

As the US enters an election year, the news media has become filled with talking heads and opinion pieces either excoriating the President Biden as worse than Hitler, or the best president to have ever done the job. Both extremes are exaggerated to get clicks, of course, but whether Joe Biden’s been a good or bad president really depends on who you ask. Every president passes policies that benefit one group of people at the expense of others. That’s the nature of the game. Depending on which group you happen to be in, you’ve seen those policies benefit, or hurt, […]

Does Geographic Arbitrage Make the American Dream Irrelevant?

“The American dream is a sham. Because I had the house, the cars, the kids. I did all of that, but even achieving those things, it still seemed like it wasn’t enough,” Adalia Aborisade, a 48-years-old former teacher from Texas I recently watched a CNBC video called “Why Americans Are Relocating to Mexico for a Better Life” and it really resonated with me. The story that jumped out at me the most is of Adalia, a 48-year-old former teacher from Texas, who made a life-changing decision to move to Mexico City back in 2017. Even though she took a pay […]

Reader Case: Is Our Age Gap OK?

I recently got an email with the subject line “Is our age gap a blessing or a curse?” and I giggled a bit. Because that’s a question that if you have to ask it, the answer is almost always “Dude, I’m pretty sure that’s a felony.” So on that note, let’s see what kind of felony our reader is committing, shall we? Hello Firecracker and Wanderer, It was really nice that I come across your book in a Facebook group for FIRE and since I have read your book twice and the simple path to wealth once and now I […]

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