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Will There Be a Recession in 2022?

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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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These past few weeks have been an excellent time to get out, enjoy the nice weather, and ignore the financial markets because YIKES, have they been volatile! The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 1,063 points, or 3.12%, to close at 32,997.97. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite fell 4.99% to finish at 12,317.69, its lowest closing level since November 2020. Both of those losses were the worst single-day drops since 2020. Dow tumbles 1,000 points for the worst day since 2020, CNBC.com The S&P 500 fell more than 13% between January and April of this year. That’s the worst four-month start to a year […]

How To Avoid Investment Scams

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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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Back in 2015, while travelling, we went to the Canadian Consulate in Chiang Mai, Thailand to request some tax documents for our first book. There, we met another Canadian, who was trying to convince the Canadian consulate to fly him home for free because he’d run out of money. Let’s call him “Nick”. Nick, as it turns out, was in a dire situation because after selling a multi-million dollar company, he’d bet hard on a second start-up, which was hemorrhaging money and was in Thailand with his Thai wife, hiding from his creditors. He started chatting us up, saying how […]

How to Invest When the World is on 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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Has the news been freaking you out lately? Has the war in Ukraine been making you seriously question your portfolio choices? Have you been thinking of pumping the brakes on investing, or moving everything to cash? You are not alone. I’m not sure how this happened, but our inbox has become an interesting sample of broad investing sentiment. When times are going great, our inbox fills up with emails asking “Stocks are too expensive, what do I do?” When times are going not so great, our inbox fills up with emails asking “Stocks are falling! What should I do?” These […]

Investing During High Inflation

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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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So how’s everyone’s 2022 been so far? It’s only been a month or so into the new year, and already some pretty momentous things have already happened. At the beginning of the year, there was quite a bit of news to feel crappy about. A new COVID variant of unknown transmissibility and deadliness was rampaging around the world. A push for boosters renewed the mad scramble for vaccines that we thought were a distant memory. And multiple cities (including ours) had re-implemented lockdowns. What a difference a month makes. Now, multiple governments all around the world (including up here in […]

Our 2021 Portfolio

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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 a year 2021 has been. A new US president. An attempted coup in Washington. The development of a miraculously effective vaccine in record time and the start of the largest global inoculation campaign in history, only to be derailed by a new super infectious variant just as the end of the pandemic looked to be in sight. To say it was all a bit head-spinning would be a massive understatement. Let’s take a look at how all this news has affected our investments. Rising Economies Lift All Portfolios Even though all we can think about right now when it […]

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