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Reader Case: From VP TO FIRE

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The Wanderer retired from his engineering job at a major Silicon Valley semiconductor company at the age of 33. He now travels the world, seeking out knowledge from other wealthy people, so that he can teach people how to become Financially Independent themselves.
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What time is it? It’s Reader Case Time! Hello!!!! First of all, congratulations on being financially independent! You did what so many people aspire to do but don’t have the courage to follow through with. I’m a little envious, but at the end of the day, I didn’t put the hard work in like you did. BUT I’M READY NOW!! Up until January-ish of this year, I was the typical corporate brainwashed millennial. I wanted to climb the ladder and be a VP at my company. That very quickly changed and now I want nothing more than to get OUT! I watched […]

Reader Case: Swiss Family Early Retirement Plan Upended by the Current Market

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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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It’s been a while since we’ve done a reader case, so let’s break open the vault and take a look. This one is a tad involved, so let’s get cracking! Dear Kristy and Bryce, I have been following your blog and also read your book, not once, but twice. We have been preparing for FIRE for a few years and by the look of the numbers we will be FIRE ready in the next 2 years but a few things are holding us back. Including but not just the fact that, we made some very bad investment decisions in 2021 […]

Student Loan Forgiveness: Good Idea or Socialist Giveaway?

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The Wanderer retired from his engineering job at a major Silicon Valley semiconductor company at the age of 33. He now travels the world, seeking out knowledge from other wealthy people, so that he can teach people how to become Financially Independent themselves.
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Student loan forgiveness is one of those topics that you’d hope would be fairly straightforward and uncontroversial, but as with anything to do with US politics, nothing is ever straightforward and uncontroversial. When President Biden announced that he was going to cancel up to $10,000 of federal student loans ($20,000 for Pell Grant recipients) at the beginning of the year, that was already a massive compromise. He had campaigned on eliminating all student debt for people earning less than $125,000. But then the 50/50 split of the Senate he ended up with meant that he couldn’t fulfill this promise without […]

Reader Case: Should I Rollover my 401(K)?

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The Wanderer retired from his engineering job at a major Silicon Valley semiconductor company at the age of 33. He now travels the world, seeking out knowledge from other wealthy people, so that he can teach people how to become Financially Independent themselves.
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Before we get started on today’s reader case, we just wanted to let you know that we’ll be attending the Travel Summit in Toronto from Oct 28-29, 2022! If want to come, you can use our affiliate code “MILLENNIAL” to get $50 off: https://thetravelsummit.com/#tickets Now onward to the reader case! Today’s reader case poses an interesting dilemma that isn’t typical of our usual early retiree questions, so I was immediately intrigued. Check it out, yo! Hi Firecracker & Wanderer, I recently left my job and could use your guidance to decide whether to rollover my 401k to an IRA or […]

Reader Case: Should I go To Grad School?

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One of the reasons I love doing case studies is because our readers come from such a wide and varied background. Sometimes they’re tech entrepreneurs, sometimes they’re non-traditional earners such as actors or artists. Today’s case study is from someone still in school and wondering what the right move is to set themselves up for a FIRE-friendly career, which is an excellent questions that I wished more people asked at that stage of their careers. So without further ado, let’s dive in, shall we? To Grad School or not to Grad School… That is my question! I absolutely adore your […]

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