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Is the US in a Recession?

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Last week, GDP numbers came in for Q2, and they…don’t look great. The U.S. economy unexpectedly shrank for a second quarter in a row this year, according to data released Thursday. GDP Flashes Recession Warning Sign, Forbes.com The US has now experienced negative GDP growth for 2 consecutive quarters, and that’s the commonly accepted definition of a recession. So…the US is now in a recession, right? Surprisingly, the answer is not so clear cut, and there’s plenty of disagreement about whether this is a “real” recession or not, with economists, financial analysts and (of course) politicians weighing in on both […]

Reader Case: Can This Family Survive Higher Mortgage Rates?

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FIRECracker is a world-travelling early retiree. She used to live in one of the most expensive cities in Canada, but instead of drowning in debt, she rejected home ownership. What resulted was a 7-figure portfolio, which has allowed her and her husband to retire at 31 and travel the world. Their story has been featured on CBC, the Huffington Post, CNBC, BNN, Business Insider, and Yahoo Finance. To date, it is the most shared story in CBC history and their viral video on CBC's On the Money has garnered 4.5 Million views.
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The times sure are a-changing. As mortgage rates around the world climb inexorably higher on the back of central bank interest rate hikes, everything in the housing market seems to be changing, in ways that continue to surprise us. Today’s reader case is a great example of this. What should have been a fairly straightforward analysis turned out to be anything but. Read on to find out why. Hey FIRECracker & Wanderer,  I am a huge fan of you both and inspired by your journey.  Absolutely LOVE,LOVE, LOVE your book.(Did i mentioned that I love your book!?). Going on 10 […]

Reader Case: House Hacker Dreams of FIRE

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Happy Monday everyone! It’s been a while since we’ve done a reader case, so I thought I’d dive into the ol’ mail bag and see what we can find. Today’s reader’s approach to FIRE is using a strategy called House Hacking, so this should be fun. Let’s dive in, shall we? Hey good afternoon, Hopefully you two are doing well and getting to enjoy your FIRE life.  First off, I wanted to say thanks for your book and blog, they have re-lite the FIRE for me.  I’ve read most of the common FIRE books and blogs over the past years, […]

Reader Case: Is FIRE Attainable for this VanLife Couple?

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FIRECracker is a world-travelling early retiree. She used to live in one of the most expensive cities in Canada, but instead of drowning in debt, she rejected home ownership. What resulted was a 7-figure portfolio, which has allowed her and her husband to retire at 31 and travel the world. Their story has been featured on CBC, the Huffington Post, CNBC, BNN, Business Insider, and Yahoo Finance. To date, it is the most shared story in CBC history and their viral video on CBC's On the Money has garnered 4.5 Million views.
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Since our inbox is filling up with lots of reader cases, it’s time for another one : Hey Kristy and Bryce! I just finished “Quit Like a Millionaire” for the second time in as many weeks, and just wanted to shoot you a thank you. While it’s certainly not the first book I’ve read on FIRE/related topics, it’s certainly one of the most updated, concise, and helpful! I’m at an impasse, hoping you can help. Here’s my situation: Married, in our late 30s We live in a converted van, work full time, and travel the US Income / Expenses: ~$114k […]

Reader Case: Lean FIRE or buy a ski studio?

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Today’s reader case jumped out at me from the subject line, mainly because it might be the most Canadian reader case I’ve ever heard. Don’t believe me? Check it: Hello Firecracker! As a fellow Canadian, I really love your book and blog where I can find not only US centric insights! I am in my mid 30s and on track to reach my FI number of 600k in a year or so with 522k investments in index funds. Once I reach 600k, my original plan is to continue working to save up 1 year expenses in cash so that I […]

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