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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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“Your book changed my life” That was the subject line of an email we recently got, so of course we had to read it. Inside was one of the most inspiring stories that have ever crossed our inbox, and the fact that our book had even a minor role to play in that was beyond humbling. So we reached out to the reader asking if they’d mind if we shared their story with our audience, and to our surprise they graciously agreed to be interviewed. This is her story. In 2019, you were in a pretty bad place. Can you […]

Reader Case: My Irresponsible Parents Are Destroying My FI Plans!

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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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“Hi guys, I am one of your Asian readers from Hong Kong and have just finished your book and most of the content on your blog! Very inspiring and thanks for letting me know the concept of FIRE at a relatively young age. Age: 24-year-old female, graduated last year, single Income: Gross HKD 336,000 annually; HKD 315,968 annually after tax and MPF* (mandatory retirement account contribution) Debts: no debts or loans Rents: $0 as I live with my family (mum, dad & younger sister) Monthly expenses: HKD 16,000 ($8K as my expenses and another $8K as housekeeping money) Insurance: don’t […]

Reader Case: Artist Family Striving for FIRE in L.A

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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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Wow, what a week. Covid-19 wave 2, a nail-biting, anxiety-inducing election, and here we are, finally breathing a sigh of relief. Now that I’m no longer glued to CNN and can concentrate on day-to-day tasks without having to distract myself with deep meditation, let’s get back to our regular scheduled program. Today’s going to be reader case day, and I have to admit, this e-mail immediately caught my eye as soon as I read the words “post WW2 poverty” and “indebtedness to the Yakuza”. Geez, I thought growing up under a totalitarian government was hard. If you can survive the […]

How Does a Joe Biden Presidency Affect the FIRE Community?

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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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The Trump era is now at an end. Despite a once-in-a-generation pandemic, blatant attempts at voter suppression, and unfounded claims of voter fraud, the US pulled off not just a free and fair election, but an election with the highest turnout ever in recorded history. And as of today, every news network (including Fox News) has projected that Joe Biden will be the 46th president of the United States. But, as with everything 2020-related, there’s always the chance that things go sideways. It ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings, or in this case, until Trump’s army of Republican lawyers […]

Reader Case: Single Mom in Debt

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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 time for another reader case! This one is from a reader who comes from an immigrant background and has been struggling with debt and a divorce. I think you’ll find it pretty compelling. Let’s get to it: [the following e-mail has been edited for brevity and to maintain anonymity] Hi FIRECracker & Wanderer: You guys are my idols! My path is different than yours since I’m a single mom in debt. I’m 70% through your book. I’ll have to read the more technical parts a couple times since I’m completely investment illiterate, but your personal story was moving. I […]

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