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Find Out the Commuted Value of Your Pension

“OMG, You have no idea what just happened!” a friend recently texted us. “What? What?” I texted back. “I did what you suggested, and I just heard back from my HR department. All I can say is: WOW!” Let me back up a bit. Defined Benefit vs. Defined Contribution Pension Over the years pensions in the private sector have largely gone the way of the dodo. Most companies these days, when they offer retirement benefits at all to their full-time employees, do it in the form of a defined contribution, or DC pension. How these work is that basically they […]

Reader Case: Rent or Buy in Spain

It’s been a while since I’ve done a rent-vs-buy reader case, so I thought I’d pick one out of the ol’ email folder and give it a whirl. Or at least, I think it’s been a while. It’s hard to tell the passage of time anymore. Is it March? Is it August? Honestly, if I didn’t have these article deadlines to hit every week, I’d probably lose track of what day it was too. So…yay? Anyway, onto the reader case! Hello Firecracker and Wanderer, I hope you, your family and friends are all doing ok during this pandemic. I would […]

Reader Case: FIRE in the Oil Patch

Today’s reader case hails from the Canadian oil patch. Albertan reader cases are always interesting, in that Alberta has experienced such a boom-bust cycle in the oil sector that it’s affected nearly every person who lives there. Let’s find out how. Hi Guys, First off thanks for sharing your book and inspiration! This was the first “Finance/Investing” book I had read in quite awhile.  It was inspiring, entertaining, engaging and presented in a way to be easily implemented.  What a breath of fresh air!  And your Blog takes it to another level!  What a wealth of information and experience. Several years back my wife […]

Investment Workshop 60: Should Questrade Users Sign Up For Passiv?

Passiv is a company that I’ve been aware of for some time and have been wanting to partner with us for years. Basically, Passiv looked at the challenges that people face trying to DIY manage a passive, index-based ETF portfolio like the one we teach in our Investment Workshop and said “let’s make an app for that!” Taking all the repetitive tasks of tracking multiple accounts and rebalancing and wrapping it all up into a cool visual GUI, Passiv always intrigued me as something that would help our readers, but what always irked me was their price. To unlock all the […]

Reader Case: Immigrant on FIRE

Today’s reader case is a member of two demographic groups that particularly resonate with me: immigrants (for obvious reason) and fans of our book (for even more obvious reason). Greetings Kristy/Bryce… We are fellow Canadians currently residing in a small town in Ontario.  Family of 3 – ages 46, 42 and 12.   While skimming through your blog materials looking for specific DIY info, we came across your book.  We picked it up and instantaneously fell in-love with Kristy’s life story! Specifically, with her being a Chinese immigrant, the atrocities she faced at a young age, how her upbringing shaped […]

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